Back in August, we found out that first-run episodes of Sesame Street, would be moving from its free home on PBS to HBO. The reasoning for the deal was that it will allow the show to “to produce almost twice as much new content as previous seasons” and make it “available free to PBS and its member stations after a nine-month window” for the first time ever. Not a big fan of the change, but it sounds pretty cool right? More new episodes won't hurt.
Today, we have a few more details about the move. The highlights:
1-The show’s 46th season will debut on HBO January 16 at 9 a.m.
2-It will switch from its standard hour-long format to a half-hour one, with back-to-back episodes — two new ones for the premiere, followed by one new and one repeat in the weeks after — running every Saturday morning.
3-The new season will feature a new character, Nina, “a young, bilingual, Hispanic woman” who is described as ” a witty, compassionate and charismatic role model who comes up with out-of-the-box solutions to Elmo and the gang’s problems.”
It will also debut a new segment, which Variety describes below:
“Smart Cookies,” Cookie Monster’s all-new segment, features the blue furry friend and a team of crime-fighting cookie friends who are on-call day and night to thwart the continued efforts of The Crumb, a villain with many tricks up his sleeve. The all-star team is aided by its Smart Cookie car and fancy gadgets, but their brains always turn out to be their most impressive gizmo.
More cookie monster sounds great to me! I always get a bit nervous when a show switches networks, but I'm willing to give this a shot. Sesame Street has been a masterpiece since day one, lets keep the ball rolling!