HBO Announces Five-Year Partnership with 'Sesame Street'

HBO Announces Five-Year Partnership with 'Sesame Street'
HBO continues to make big and surprising moves. Following news that a Deadwood movie is in the works, the network has now announced a partnership with Sesame Street.

The iconic, long-running children's show will be produced by HBO for the next five years. That means five seasons of Sesame Street will air on HBO and its on-demand services. They've also licensed over 150 hours of the show.

That said, Sesame Street will still air on its long-time home at PBS. New episodes of the series will air on HBO first and then trickle down to PBS after a nine-month window.

Further, and perhaps most exciting of all, HBO will also launch a spin-off Sesame Street series. We don't know much about the plot details, but the offshoot will be called Sesame Street Muppet. Whether or not it maintains HBO's penchant for gritty real-life crime and softcore sex scenes is yet to be seen. We hope the Count makes a cameo on True Blood, or at the very least Bert and Ernie get to be their real selves on Looking.

"Our new partnership with HBO represents a true winning public-private partnership model," Sesame Workshop CEO Jeffrey D. Dunn said in a statement. "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."