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‘Sesame Street’ to debut on HBO for Five New Seasons

Sesame StreetElmo and his friends are coming to cable.

It was announced Thursday that the nonprofit educational organization behind “Sesame Street,” Sesame Workshop, has come to a deal with HBO that will pair the two for the next five years.

As part of the deal, nearly double the amount of episodes will be made compared to previous seasons and PBS, which has been the home for “Sesame Street” for 45 years, will be given the new episodes for free.

Included in the deal, two new educational children’s shows will emerge, one a spin off show of “Sesame Street,” which will include the Muppets, and the other an original educational series for children.

HBO will also receive more than 150 previous episodes of “Sesame Street,” and about 50 episodes from “The Electric Company” and “Pinky Dinky Doo”.

PBS will continue to air older episodes and will receive the new episodes after a nine month period of them airing on HBO.

The new episodes are scheduled to air on HBO starting late fall.

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