BIG BIRD, ELMO AND COOKIE MONSTER ARE BACK AS
SESAME STREET DEBUTS ITS 46TH SEASON
SATURDAY, JAN. 16, 2016 ON HBO
ICONIC PRESCHOOL SERIES UNVEILS EXCITING NEW CHANGES, INCLUDING
30-MINUTE FORMAT, NEW SEGMENT, NEW CAST MEMBER,
NEW SHOW OPENING AND A NEW SET!
A-List Celebrities Include Gwen Stefani, Pharrell, Nick Jonas,
Sara Bareilles, Alan Cumming, Ne-Yo And Many More!
For more than four decades, SESAME STREET has helped children grow smarter, stronger and kinder by providing preschoolers with the gold-standard in quality educational programming. On SATURDAY, JAN. 16, 2016, SESAME STREET will launch season 46 of the award-winning show on HBO with the boldest changes to the STREET to date, including 30-minute episodes, new preschool-relevant themes, new show opening and closing songs, an updated set, a new segment called “Smart Cookies” and a new cast member, Nina.
On Jan. 16, two new episodes of SESAME STREET will debut on HBO, starting at 9:00 a.m. (ET/PT). Every Saturday thereafter, a new episode will debut at 9:00 a.m., followed by a repeat episode at 9:30 a.m. New episodes will also debut simultaneously on HBO Latino and will be dubbed in Spanish. Families will also be able to watch new and past seasons of SESAME STREET daily on HBO Family at 8:00 a.m., as well as five years of library episodes available for streaming on HBO NOW and HBO GO. Episodes will also be available on HBO On Demand and affiliate portals. SESAME STREET content continues to be available to PBS KIDS viewers on weekdays and Sundays on local stations, and on the PBS KIDS Video App. Season 46 episodes will begin airing on PBS KIDS next fall.
“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,” says Brown Johnson, EVP and creative director, Sesame Workshop. “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.”
In a departure from the show’s longstanding one-hour format, every episode now runs a dynamic 30 minutes, helping kids focus their attention and engage with each story. SESAME STREET continues to deliver lessons in ways that delight viewers, and this season, learning and laughter have never made a better pair.
SESAME STREET’s smarter, stronger and kinder lessons are taught through the lens of fun and familiar preschool-relevant themes like bedtime, boo-boos and animals. Every segment in an episode will be tied to that day’s theme, providing preschoolers with a stimulating and cohesive learning experience.
SESAME STREET’s well-known theme song and show open have a new upbeat update, too! In fact, this will be the first time that the show open takes place in the SESAME STREET neighborhood. Fans will be thrilled to see more of the neighborhood than ever before, but not to worry, the theme song will have a familiar melody and continue to wonder “how to get” to SESAME STREET.
Cookie Monster has an all-new segment, “Smart Cookies,” where he continues to work on his self-regulation skills. In “Smart Cookies,” Cookie Monster and a team of crime-fighting cookie friends 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 their Smart Cookie car and some fancy gadgets, but in the end, their brains turn out to be their most impressive gizmo. Self-control and critical thinking help save the day!
Kids at home are invited to become a “Smart Cookie” too. As Cookie Monster explains, “A Smart Cookie has to stop and think things through.” And that’s a useful skill for both Cookie and kids.
SESAME STREET is introducing a fresh face to the neighborhood! As a community that has a longstanding history of modeling diversity, it was important to producers to represent this with the new addition to the cast. Nina, a young, bilingual, Hispanic woman, uses her wit, compassion and charisma to help the furry residents of SESAME STREET solve their daily dilemmas, providing a positive role model for preschoolers. Played by Suki Lopez, Nina is very excited to have moved to SESAME STREET, where she works at the laundromat and the bike store. She’s a tinkerer, a builder and a fixer. Her natural curiosity allows her to come up with out-of-the box solutions to Elmo and the gang’s problems, modeling creative problem-solving strategies.
One of the most noteworthy changes for viewers is the updated, reimagined and visually vibrant new set. This new set will familiarize little viewers with the homes of their SESAME friends:
Elmo has moved into the 123 SESAME STREET brownstone, and his bedroom is the cornerstone of the building. Like many preschoolers, Elmo’s room has colorful cubbies for his toys and he proudly displays his crayon drawings on his wall.
Cookie Monster has moved above Hooper’s Store, and as you can imagine, he always smells something baking.
Abby finds inspiration in her new garden, which is full of bright and dazzling flowers and plants.
Big Bird has a new nest, and like most of his fowl friends, his beautiful new home is in a tree!
Oscar’s can has been updated and moved to a more central location, so he can add grouchy commentary to any situation. He’ll also be popping up in trash cans, recycling bins and composting receptacles across the street!
“I am so excited for kids to explore our updated neighborhood and discover where their favorite characters live,” said Carol-Lynn Parente, SESAME STREET executive producer. “SESAME STREET has always been the ideal play date for preschoolers. Now, that play date is focused on topics and themes that are very engaging to kids, with our signature educational messages embedded into laughter and music.”
As always, SESAME STREET features a dazzling array of celebrities in the new season, including: Gwen Stefani singing “Be a Good Friend”; Pharrell singing “B Is for Book”; Nick Jonas singing “Check That Shape”; Fifth Harmony singing “That’s Music”; Sara Bareilles singing “Just Like Magic”; Alan Cumming as Mucko Polo, the grouch explorer; Ne-Yo singing “You’ve Got a Body, So Move It!”; Aloe Blacc singing “Everyday Hero”; Tracee Ellis Ross learning about bedtime routines; and Gina Rodriguez singing the ABCs in Spanish.
Produced by the nonprofit educational organization Sesame Workshop, SESAME STREET is underwritten in part by Beaches Resorts, UnitedHealthcare and Party City.
SESAME WORKSHOP AND HBO ANNOUNCE FIVE-YEAR PARTNERSHIP
New Seasons of Sesame Street will Premiere on HBO
and Continue to be Available to PBS
(New York, August 13, 2015) – Sesame Workshop, the nonprofit educational organization behind the Emmy Award-winning program Sesame Street, and HBO, the nation’s leading premium cable network, today announced a new partnership that will make the next five seasons of the iconic series available on HBO and its multiplex channels, HBO GO, HBO On Demand and the new internet-only SVOD service HBO NOW. As a key part of the deal, Sesame will be able to produce almost twice as much new content as previous seasons, and for the first time ever, make the show available free of charge to PBS and its member stations after a nine-month window.
“Our new partnership with HBO represents a true winning public-private partnership model,” said Jeffrey D. Dunn, Sesame Workshop’s CEO. “It provides Sesame Workshop with the critical funding it needs to be able to continue production of Sesame Street and secure its nonprofit mission of helping kids grow smarter, stronger and kinder; it gives HBO exclusive pay cable and SVOD access to the nation’s most important and historic educational programming; and it allows Sesame Street to continue to air on PBS and reach all children, as it has for the past 45 years.”
In addition to the next five seasons of Sesame Street, Sesame Workshop will produce a Sesame Street Muppet™ spinoff series, as well as develop a new original educational series for children. HBO has also licensed over 150 library episodes of Sesame Street. The new episodes will begin airing as early as late fall 2015, and HBO will be the exclusive, first-run subscription television distribution partner for Sesame Street and the new series. HBO will have the right to air all series in both English and Spanish. All new series will also be made available to PBS and its member stations after the first window. Episodes of Sesame Street will continue to be made available, uninterrupted, as part of the PBS KIDS service on PBS member stations.
“We are absolutely thrilled to help secure the future of Sesame Street and Sesame Workshop’s mission for the nation’s kids and families,” said Richard Plepler, Chairman and CEO of HBO, and Michael Lombardo, President, HBO Programming. “Home Box Office is committed to bringing the most groundbreaking and creative shows to its audience. Sesame Street is the most important preschool education program in the history of television. We are delighted to be a home for this extraordinary show, helping Sesame Street expand and build its franchise.”
“I’ve long admired the creative work of HBO and can’t think of a better partner to continue the quality of Sesame Street’s programming,” commented Joan Ganz Cooney, co-founder of Sesame Street. “Over the past decade, both the way in which children are consuming video and the economics of the children’s television production business have changed dramatically. In order to fund our nonprofit mission with a sustainable business model, Sesame Workshop must recognize these changes and adapt to the times.”
In addition to Sesame Street, HBO will also license approximately 50 past episodes of the two acclaimed children’s series Pinky Dinky Doo, an animated series for preschoolers that focuses on early literacy, and The Electric Company, which was rebooted in 2009, from Sesame Workshop.
About Sesame Workshop
Sesame Workshop is the nonprofit educational organization behind Sesame Street which reaches 156 million children across more than 150 countries. The Workshop’s mission is to help kids grow smarter, stronger and kinder. Delivered through a variety of platforms, including television programs, digital experiences, books and community engagement, its research-based programs are tailored to the needs of the communities and countries they serve. For more information, visit us at www.sesameworkshop.org.
About Home Box Office
Home Box Office, Inc. is the premium television programming subsidiary of Time Warner Inc. and the world’s most successful pay TV service, providing the two television services – HBO® and Cinemax® – to approximately 122 million subscribers worldwide. The services offer the popular subscription video-on-demand products HBO On Demand® and Cinemax On Demand®, as well as HBO GO® and MAX GO®, HD feeds and multiplex channels. HBO NOWSM, the network’s internet only premium streaming service, provides audiences with instant access to HBO’s acclaimed programming in the U.S. Internationally, HBO branded television networks, along with the subscription video-on-demand products HBO On Demand and HBO GO, bring HBO services to over 60 countries. HBO and Cinemax programming is sold into over 150 countries worldwide.
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