Sesame Street Relocates

Bert_and_Ernie_(2841396233)Can you tell me how to get, how to get to… well, if you are looking for Sesame Street, expect a detour in the near future as you follow Big Bird, Snuffy, Grover, Elmo, Bert, Ernie, and the rest of the pack as the classic children’s television show migrates from PBS to HBO. Personally, this news is making my head spin.  Sesame Street has spent the 45 years since its inception happily parked on PBS… so why make this change and why now?  Sure, HBO is a sexier network, and it certainly has more dollar sign potential than public broadcasting, but…

Home Box Office is not exactly known for children’s programming. Sure, there is a market there and a definite opportunity to reach a larger target audience; however, HBO is the home of movies and awesome original series… for the more mature crowd.  And, did anyone even bother to consider the fact that not every child has access to HBO? Yet, almost everyone with a TV has access to PBS! I think this is a terribly bad move for Sesame Street, and the only real purpose this move wil serve is the show ultimately ending up as an OnDemand option, allowing television sets everywhere to play babysitter. I am sad to see this happening to the show I loved as a child; a show that had much influence on my early learning. Oh, and we must say farewell to some original characters as the producers attempt a new network and a new face.

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