Sesame Street gets ready for a move

FILE - In this Aug. 22, 2001, file photo, Muppets Bert, left, and Ernie, from the children's program "Sesame Street," are shown in New York. Under a new partnership announced Thursday, Aug. 13, 2015, by Sesame Workshop and HBO, the premium cable channel will carry the next five seasons of "Sesame Street" on HBO and its related platforms. PBS, the long-time home of the children's program, will continue to air the show as well. (AP Photo/Beth A. Keiser, File)

LOS ANGELES (KRON/AP) — Changes are coming to Sesame Street. The long-running preschool education program is moving networks to HBO in the fall.

Under a new partnership announced Thursday by Sesame Workshop and HBO, the premium cable channel will carry the next five seasons of “Sesame Street” on HBO and its related platforms.

As part of the deal, for nine months, the new Sesame Street episodes will run exclusively on HBO, but then will continue to be made available to PBS, the network Sesame Street has called home for 45 years.

The partnership allows Sesame Workshop to produce almost double the content as in previous seasons, HBO and the nonprofit Sesame Workshop said.

There are also plans to cut the length of the show from an hour down to 30 minutes.

Sesame Street premiered in 1969. More than 6 million viewers tune-in to the show every week. The new half-hour episodes are set to debut on Nov. 16.

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