HBO has announced a five-year deal with Sesame Workshop, the nonprofit organization behind Sesame Street, that will bring the popular show to the cable network and its associated apps. A spinoff series detailing Big Bird’s dark and gritty origin story cannot be far behind.
As part of the deal, starting this fall, new episodes of Sesame Street will air nine months ahead of when they air on PBS. Sesame Workshop will also produce a new show based on the Muppets.
“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,” said Joan Ganz Cooney, co-founder of Sesame Street, in a statement. “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.”