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This past Monday, you might've caught the first installment of a three-part video series that chronicled the casting of a new Hispanic Neighbor for SESAME STREET. As of today, the news is out that actor Ismael Cruz Córdova has joined the cast of SESAME STREET as Armando (or “Mando” as the gang on the 'Street has dubbed him) for the forthcoming 44th Season of the show. Armando is a writer from Puerto Rico who will join Maria (played by Sonia Manzano), Luis (Emilio Delgado) and Muppets™ Rosita and Ovejita (Carmen Osbahr) as part of SESAME STREET's bilingual community. Check out the video below for the full scoop, and keep your browser pointed at The Rock Father for more news from SESAME STREET very, very soon...

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The residents of SESAME STREET are getting a new neighbor. The folks at Sesame Workshop set out to find a new Hispanic neighbor to join the SESAME STREET gang, and for the first time ever, an open casting call was held in New York City. The first in a three-part video series that documents their search for a new cast member is now online. Check out the casting call below...

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Next week, the long-running children's series, ARTHUR, kicks off it's spring season with a full week of new episodes on PBS KIDS. Among the 10 new episodes are two devoted to the always-important subject of "bullying," with "The Last Tough Customer" airing Monday, May 6, and "So Funny I Forgot to Laugh" airing on Friday, May 10. Details on all the new episodes and a preview can be viewed below.

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On Friday night, I took the girls on a special adventure... an adventure that was really for Addie since Finn is only 10 months old. We hopped in the car late that afternoon and went to meet up with my wife at her office. While it was exciting to surprise her as she spotted us in the parking lot, the real surprise was waiting in Elmhurst, Illinois... a Chicago suburb that should be about an hour from Rock Father HQ, but thanks to Friday "rush-hour" took about two to reach. I kept the little one guessing the whole way there... "Where are we going for our special adventure, Daddy?" And then we arrived at the Elmhurst YMCA.

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PBS KIDS VIPEarth Day is this coming Monday, April 22, 2013... and PBS KIDS is presenting the television premiere of CURIOUS GEORGE SWINGS INTO SPRING! This all-new movie event features George and his pals exploring the magic of the Spring season through a colorful adventure. As a PBS KIDS VIP, I've already had the chance to enjoy this here at Rock Father HQ, and it comes highly-recommended by my own preschooler, Addie. She's watched it twice thus far. Check out a preview below...

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Last year, legendary rockers and kings of cross-merchandising, KISS teamed up with Sanrio for a line of "KISS x Hello Kitty" products. A lot of hardcore rock fans balked at the idea, but the line was hugely successful - so much that it's spawned a new TV series that's in-development at The Hub right now. KISS Hello Kitty (working title) "will feature the four KISS x Hello Kitty characters living their rock 'n' roll dreams and bringing pink anarchy to every situation they are in.

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