HBO Plans “Sesame Street” Spin-Off

Sesame Workshop, the group behind beloved children’s television program “Sesame Street,” has struck a deal with HBO to bring the next five seasons of the show to HBO and its streaming outlets starting this fall.

The partnership will reportedly allow Sesame Workshop to significantly increase its production of episodes and other new programming – almost effectively doubling its output from its current 18 episodes to around 35 episodes a year.

Sesame Workshop also will create a spinoff series based on the “Sesame Street” Muppets along with another new educational series for children.

After nine months of programming exclusively on HBO, the shows also will be available free on PBS, the show’s home for the last 45 years. “Sesame Street” will also continue its run on PBS this fall with the season featuring a selection of episodes from the last several seasons edited in new ways.

Source: The New York Times