Sesame Street‘s 46th season will be a season of major changes for Big Bird and Friends as they move to their new network home of HBO.
After inking a five-season deal announced this summer, Sesame Street will move from public television in-which it first aired back in 1969 to the premium HBO channel with all new episodes starting in the new year.
On the new network, two new episodes premiere on a selected day at 9 a.m., with one new episode airing at 9 a.m. while a repeat runs at 9:30 a.m. Also, new episodes will be dubbed in Spanish and be available on HBO Latino. Although the show is moving to a paid channel, newer episodes of Sesame Street will air on PBS after a nine-month window.
On HBO, Sesame Street will only run for 30 minutes (originally it would run for 60) and will have a fresh new look. With Big Bird moving into an actually bird’s nest and Elmo taking residence on 123 Street, the iconic show’s once familiar opening has been updated and will provide audience members a deeper tour of the Sesame Street neighborhood.
Along with it’s new television address, Sesame Street will be introducing a new cast member named Nina (played by Suki Lopez), a bilingual Hispanic woman who works at the laundromat and bike store.
According to HBO’s press release, Nina will use “her wit, compassion and charisma to help the furry residents of Sesame Street solve their daily dilemmas, providing a positive role model for preschoolers.”
When Sesame Street returns back in January famous faces will join its residences to welcome their move ranging from Gwen Stefani, Pharrell, Nick Jonas, Ne-Yo, and Gina Rodriguez along with many more.
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