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Cookie Monster Gets First Special on PBS’ Kids Lineup

Cookie Monster has shuffled about “Sesame Street” for decades, but he’s about to break out of the long-running kids program and get his own one-hour spotlight on PBS.

In “The Cookie Thief,” the blue-furred, googly-eyed creature will quickly become the prime suspect when works of art go missing from a newly opened cookie-art museum in the Sesame neighborhood. Cookie Monster must clear his name when a robust collection of paintings including the “Muncha Lisa” and “Girl With the Cookie Earring” comes under threat. Rachel Dratch, who held forth on “Saturday Night Live,” will serve as a guest star on the program.

At the heart of the new show is an exploration of the concepts of self-regulation, including impulse control, following directions and managing emotions. “These are important skills that all kids need when starting preschool and throughout their lives,” said Carol-Lynn Parente, executive producer of “Sesame Street,” in a statement.

The one-hour special will serve to draw attention to a week of new episodes from the venerable kids series, which will debut the week of February 16.

PBS Kids will make clips from the special as well as the entire program available starting the same week on pbskids.org.video, the PBS Kids video app and via PBS Kids on Apple TV, Chromecast, Roku and Amazon Fire.

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