PBS has always been home to Sesame Street, but now things are changing. The show’s parent group Sesame Workshop which is a nonprofit has signed a deal with HBO. This will make the popular show exclusive to the cable giant for nine months. The next five seasons will be exclusive to HBO starting this fall.
With this new deal Sesame Workshop will be able to produce 35 episodes per year. That is almost twice the number of episodes that it currently produces. The deal also covers two new spinoff series one of which is an original show focusing on educating children. So clearly this deal is great for Sesame Street fans.
All the new seasons will be exclusive to HBO for nine months before they air on PBS so those who don’t want to pay for HBO can wait for nine months and see it for free. Not only that, but HBO has also licensed about 150 previous episodes of Sesame Street so kids will have a lot of Sesame Street to watch.
Sesame Street co-founder Joan Ganz Cooney says, “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.” HBO isn’t really known for it’s children’s programming. In fact, the majority of its content is more focused on adults. This should get them a wider audience.