I grew up with an old black and white television that only got the basic broadcast channels, PBS my most watched and beloved. No, I’m not in my 60’s, although sometimes….
We’re getting off the subject. It was announced today that national treasure and children’s show Sesame Street has been acquired- nay, “partnered” with contentasaurus HBO for a five year deal. That’s right, PAID premium channel HBO. The network that brought us True Blood, Game Of Thrones, The Newsroom, and True Detective are now the keepers of the Bird, Big Bird. And don’t forget, Sesame Street has already done their GoT episode:
Don’t worry, “Sesame Street” will still appear on PBS, the show’s home since 1969. But from here on out, new episodes will appear on HBO FIRST, and then make their way to PBS after nine months. Variety reports PBS will be showing half-hour episodes of Sesame Street for the 2015 season, which starts in the fall. This is a totally new thing, as the show has always been a full hour.
Brand new episodes will begin airing on HBO sometime this year, probably near the start date of the fall season. One of the most interesting things here is the increased episode-per-season order of 35 episodes HBO has placed. Almost double a normal season, actually.
The Sesame Workshop will also produce a Sesame Street Muppet spinoff series for HBO, and develop a new original children’s educational series. In a pretty sweet deal, HBO will also license more than 150 old episodes of Sesame Street, and around 50 episodes of two other series from Sesame Workshop: Pinky Dinky Doo and the 2009 reboot of The Electric Company.
I’m still unsure how this makes me feel. The best news is that PBS gets to keep the series, because not every child who will benefit the most from the early learning development has HBO.