The popular children’s infotainment series called Sesame Street is arriving on HBO soon.
The children will be jumping for joy. Their age old entertainment source for learning and fun is coming back on television. Sesame Street is going to make a comeback on HBO. Home Box Office signed a half decade contract.
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That is with the mother company of the children’s colorful program. The program will air some time in fall of this year. The Muppets such as Oscar the Grouch, Big Bird, Elmo and Mr. Snuffleupugus will be coming on the platform. They will amuse and assist in widening the vistas of the children’s imaginations.
The umbrella group behind Sesame Street is currently in a bit of a fix. Its finances are out of order. So this helping hand lent by HBO has come at a crucial stage in the timeline of Sesame Street.
The number of episodes that will air per year will be double that of the previous shows. After a period of 36 weeks on HBO, Sesame Street will also air on PBS, according to NYTimes. The two do make an odd couple.
“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.”
HBO caters to adults with deep pockets. But, Sesame Street happens to be geared towards children in less affluent communities. But the times are changing. And new times call for new measures. The value and power of children is as a vocal segment of society. They come after women, ethnic minorities and the poor and oppressed.
Today’s children are less likely to end up as victims at the hands of adult disciplinarians. And they also have more access to all sorts of learning resources. The computer revolution has invaded the educational institutions. Technology is coming to the aid of young minds in the form of Apple tablets.
HBO is going to host Sesame Street for next 5 years.
“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.”
The sex and violence that HBO's known for is hardly suitable content for children. But there you have it. Sometimes fate makes strange bedfellows. The story resembles that of the owl and the pussycat in its nonsensical juxtaposition. The organizations for responsible parental control over children’s education are up in arms.
They don’t want children to get misled via a channel not known for its social (or moral) niceties. The Cookie Monster will be eating up all those baked goods in the episodes which are to come. And the kids are expecting the best from this series which aired way back in the 80s and 90s.
“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.
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“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.”