- - Thursday, August 9, 2012

Ann Curry, replaced as one of the NBC’s “Today” show hosts in June, made a return to the show’s set in London.

Ms. Curry was on the “Today” set in London on Thursday to introduce a filmed report on a still photographer. She lost her job as Matt Lauer’s co-anchor in June and was replaced by Savannah Guthrie.

Her story appeared in the show’s second hour. She introduced it while sitting on the set next to Mr. Lauer and had no on-air interactions with others on the “Today” team.

Ms. Curry’s banter with Mr. Lauer seemed polite but distant. Mr. Lauer said “nice to see you” at the outset and “good to see you” at the end. Ms. Curry returned neither sentiment.

She had appeared on “Today” once since her ouster, reporting from Aurora, Colo., after the movie theater shooting there.

** FILE ** This April 11, 2011 photo, character "Rosita" from Sesame Street gestures during a taping of the show in New York. The popular children's show will hold a casting for a new Latino character on Aug. 20, 2012 in New York. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)
** FILE ** This April 11, 2011 photo, character “Rosita” from Sesame ... more >

'Sesame Street' seeking actor for new Hispanic role

So you grew up watching Elmo, Cookie Monster and Big Bird, and now you want to be friends with Rosita, Luis and Maria.

If you are a bilingual actor or actress between the ages of 18 and 25, this may be the chance of a lifetime: “Sesame Street” is looking for a new Hispanic character.

The producers of “Sesame Street” told the Associated Press that they are holding an open casting call Aug. 20 at Manhattan’s Roseland Ballroom for a recurring character to join the “'Sesame Street' family.”

“We hope many people show up. We know the Latino community is full of talented people,” said Rocio Galarza, senior director of content planning, design and outreach for Sesame Workshop, the nonprofit organization behind “Sesame Street.”

Although it’s too early to talk about the specifics of the new character — which would depend on the chosen actor’s background — Ms. Galarza said they are looking for someone capable of singing and improvising in both English and Spanish and with a good sense of humor.

“Sesame Street” debuted in 1969 and has added versions in countries such as Israel, Nigeria, Germany and Mexico, where “Plaza Sesamo” is produced. The series has always tried to adapt to the realities of the changing American population, which has seen a sharp increase in Hispanics in the last decades.

Ms. Galarza said the 44th season of “Sesame Street” will focus on the Hispanic heritage. “Sesame Street” airs on PBS Kids.

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