Dave, meet Elmo

There’s a particular station break during “Late Show with David Letterman” when announcer Alan Kalter usually says something funny, and tonight it threw me for a loop. He started talking about Worldwide Pants (Letterman’s production company) and Sesame Workshop presenting a prime-time special on PBS intended to help parents talk to young kids about economic hardship. I kept waiting for the punch line, and there wasn’t one. It turns out that Worldwide Pants was a partner in the production of the special.

In addition to “Late Show,” Worldwide Pants produces “The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson,” and it also produced the TV show “Ed” and was involved with “Everybody Loves Raymond.”

Anyway, good for them for being involved in something like this. Given the current atmosphere for public TV, and that economy, I doubt it was much of a money-making project for Dave. And good for CBS for letting them promote it during “Late Show.”