Mad Men star Jon Hamm is to make a cameo appearance on Sesame Street.
The actor will appear alongside Elmo, the popular furry red monster, in an episode that will air as part of the show’s 43rd season, which begins next month (September) in the US.
Other guest stars confirmed for the new season of Sesame Street include Steve Carell, Zac Efron, Halle Berry, Casey Affleck, Melissa McCarthy from Bridesmaids, The Dark Knight Rises star Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor.
Rapper Common will also make an appearance, while Train will appear in an episode featuring a parody version of their recent single ‘Drive By’. Survivor’s ‘Eye Of The Tiger’ will receive a musical makeover too, becoming ‘Eye Of The Potato’. The new season will also include spoofs of TV shows Downton Abbey and The Voice.
Sesame Street first aired in 1969 and is home to several iconic Muppets created by Jim Henson, including Big Bird, Bert and Ernie, Oscar the Grouch, Cookie Monster and Elmo. The show has won 118 Emmy Awards and eight Grammy Awards and now airs in more than 140 countries.
In June (2012), it was reported that a new movie version of Sesame Street is in development. Night At The Museum director Shawn Levy is said to be producing, while longtime show writer Joey Mazzarino is reportedly drafting the script.