PBS Kids will introduce a half-hour version of “Sesame Street” this fall, the network announced Wednesday. From Monday, Sept. 1, the half-hour show will air on weekday afternoons on PBS stations in addition to the one-hour series that airs weekday mornings.
The 30-minute version will also be available free online, on the PBS Kids video app and the channel’s Roku platform.
“With this new half-hour program, we are excited to build on ‘Sesame Street’s’ 45-year legacy on PBS with a format that will make the series more accessible on mobile devices, where PBS Kids’ reach is growing exponentially,” said Lesli Rotenberg, General Manager, Children’s Programming, PBS. “In just the past year, the number of users streaming video on the incredibly popular PBS Kids Video App increased 34 percent. The new half-hour format will give PBS Kids the opportunity to offer ‘Sesame Street’ to even more families, making it easy for parents to help their kids build essential school readiness skills with one of their favorite shows.”
“We’re thrilled to extend our reach on PBS. What better way to celebrate our 45th anniversary season than to touch more children’s lives,” added Terry Fitzpatrick, Chief Content and Distribution Officer at Sesame Workshop. “These days, families expect to be able to connect with their favorite ‘Sesame Street’ friends at any time of day. The new afternoon show is a great complement to our continuing efforts to reach more kids with engaging lessons that will help them grow smarter, stronger and kinder.”
The half-hour episodes will be a shortened version of the one-hour program and will include a “Street Story,” a “Word on the Street” segment, a celebrity vocabulary segment, songs, spoofs, dance breaks and popular segments like “Cookie’s Crumby Pictures” or “Super Grover 2.0.”