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‘Sesame Street’ and Big Bird Get Premiere Date for Their New Nest On HBO

'Sesame Street' and Big Bird Get Premiere Date for Their New Nest On HBO

Sesame Street” is back on the block! While the show has been on television for more than four decades, season 46 brings the show’s high profile of quality education for preschoolers to a new network.

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The award-winning show will launch on HBO Saturday, January 16, 2016, with a new format of 30 minute episodes (as opposed to the original hour), making it easier for kids to focus and engage with the story. The new season will showcase original opening and closing songs, updated sets, a new “Smart Cookies” segment and a new cast member named Nina.

The premiere date will feature two new episodes, then, every Saturday after that, a new episode will air at 9am and repeat at 9:30am. Episodes will play simultaneously on HBO Latino and be available on HBO On Demand. Content will also be available on PBS Kids.

“Families will see fun and fresh changes to ‘Sesame Street’ and can depend on their favorite Muppet friends to provide them with engaging and educational content,” Brown Johnson, EVP and creative director of Sesame Workshop, said in a statement. “We’re excited to bring the timeless lessons of ‘Sesame Street’ to HBO viewers, like learning numbers from The Count, inner strength from Elmo and kindness from Abby.”

Cookie Monster’s all-new segment “Smart Cookies” will help children better monitor their health: Cookie Monster and his crime fighting friends are ready day and night to stop the tricks of a villain who goes by The Crumb. They have lots of gadgets, but it’s their self-control and critical thinking which keep them winning.
This season will be in an all-new neighborhood, but don’t worry…you won’t get lost. You’ll meet with Elmo at 123 Sesame Street, Cookie Monster above Hooper’s Store, Big Bird in a new nest, and Oscar still soaking in the trash. Performances by Gwen Stefani, Pharrell, and Ne-Yo will be featured as well.
Produced by the nonprofit educational organization Sesame Workshop, “Sesame Street” is underwritten in part by Beaches Resorts, UnitedHealthcare and Party City.

READ MORE: How ‘Follow That Bird,’ The First ‘Sesame Street’ Film, Became a Beloved Classic After Nose-Diving at the Box Office

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