For the last 45 years, Sesame Street has warmed the homes of many (children and adults alike) teaching us all on our ABC’s, how to count, how to share and even overcoming fears. And after many years airing via public television (which is funded by viewers), the legendary show makes an epic new move.
Senior executives and producers of the children’s show have decided to move the show from Public Television (PBS) and move it to HBO for the next 5 seasons. The partnership was announced late this week and will allow the financially challenged Sesame Workshop to significantly increase its production of “Sesame Street” episodes, which means better content, programing and effects. HBO will produce 35 new “Sesame Street” episodes a year, up from the 18 now. The show will also create a spinoff series based on the “Sesame Street” Muppets along with another new educational series for children.
For those who don’t have cable or the HBO GO app, don’t fret, after nine months of appearing only on HBO, the shows will be available free on PBS.
What are are your thoughts on the move? Do you think this type of funding for a fundamental show, like Sesame Street is long overdue? SHARE your thoughts and check out the oldie but goodie throwback video below.
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