Say Hello To Shalom Sesame Again This Fall

Courtesy:  SISU Home Entertainment

Courtesy: SISU Home Entertainment

SISU Home Entertainment will re-issue the Sesame Street series Shalom Sesame next month.

The twelve-episode series is spread across six discs with two episodes on each disc, all of which chronologically follow the Jewish calendar. It all starts with an introduction to Israel and Hebrew. From there, viewers are taken on a trip through the various important dates on the Jewish calendar with the whole thing culminating in a trip taken by beloved Sesame Street resident Grover and guest star Annelies van der Pol (That’s So Raven, Broadway’s Beauty and the Beast). Throughout the trip, the duo highlights the importance and richness of the Jewish culture and its associated traditions. Each half-hour episode pulls from those traditions and culture in general to teach young American audiences about the Jewish community. The episodes include lessons on Hebrew letters and words, unique sites in Israel, and Jewish values.

It was originally released on DVD October 11th, 2011. The new upcoming re-issue will see the series contained in a thin pack gift box, which will retail for MSRP of $99.95. It will include a free bonus DVD that features two episodes from the classic Shalom Sesame series—“Jerusalem” and “People of Israel.” Also included in this upcoming re-issue is a free 30-day trial of download of the program “Welcome to Israel.” That program is the first episode from the original Shalom Sesame series. It is currently available online at

Along with the main series and its bonus DVD, Shalom Sesame also includes a number of bonus features. There is a trailer for another series titled Grover’s Video Player, sing-alongs and a chance for young viewers to do their own karaoke with songs such as ‘Aleph Bet Song,’ ‘’Rosh Hashanah Hannah (a spoof of Disney’s Hannah Montana), and even the most beloved Sesame Street song of all, ‘Rubber Ducky.’ The catch with that final song is that it is done entirely in Hebrew. And Annelies van der Pol is not the only celebrity to make an appearance throughout the series. Fellow celebrities Jake Gyllenhaal, Debra Messing, Matisyahu, Eva Longoria, Christina Applegate, Greg Kinnear, Debi Mazar also make appearances throughout the series.

Shalom Sesame will be available Tuesday, October 14th on DVD. Parents and children can view trailers for the series online now via YouTube at More information on Shalom Sesame is available online at
Parents can also order separate stand-alone episodes of Shalom Sesame online now at

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Billy Ray Cyrus Appearing On E!’s ‘Chelsea Lately’ Tonight

Country music star Billy Ray Cyrus will appear on E!’s Chelsea Lately tonight.

Courtesy:  MSO PR

Courtesy: MSO PR

Cyrus will present his new single ‘Achy Breaky Heart PT. 2’ and its companion video when he makes his appearance tonight at 11pm.  The new single is, for those that haven’t yet heard, a hip-hop re-mix of the song that made Cyrus a star in the early 1990s.  The video for the new re-mix, featuring hip-hop star Buck 22, is available online via YouTube at


Courtesy: MSO PR

Along with his new re-mix, Cyrus has another single currently playing at radio stations across the country called ‘Hope is Just Ahead.’  The song features veteran R&B vocalist Dionne Warwick.  The song was recorded at Jamie Foxx’s L.A. studio.  A portion of the proceeds from sales of the single will go to benefit the “Do The Write Thing-National Campaign To Stop Violence.”  The campaign’s aim is to help promote peaceful living among young people across the country.  The video for the single can be viewed via YouTube now at

More information on Billy Ray Cyrus is available online at and  His new album Change My Mind can be downloaded now via iTunes at and ordered via Amazon at

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