The season premiere of the HBO series you’ve been waiting for — a beloved, binge-worthy show filled with indelible characters, breathtaking settings and a complex, multilayered mythology that spans decades — is almost here.

Nope, we’re not talking about Game of Thrones. It’s Sesame Street, the kiddie classic that was facing funding woes until HBO announced a partnership with it this past summer.

Now that it’s off of public television, Sesame will have a large enough budget to produce twice as many shows as it did last year. HBO says that the series’ upcoming 46th (!) season will also feature other big changes, including “30-minute episodes, new preschool-relevant themes, new show opening and closing songs, an updated set, a new segment called “Smart Cookies” and a new cast member, Nina.” Read more…

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