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"Sesame Street" headed to HBO

The producer of "Sesame Street" and HBO are going into business together.

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.

PBS, the long-time home of the children's program, will continue to air the show as well.

The deal allows Sesame Workshop to produce almost double the content as in previous seasons and provide the show free to PBS and member stations after a nine-month window, HBO and the nonprofit Sesame Workshop said.

"We were instantly thrilled for the opportunity to bring an iconic series like 'Sesame Street' to HBO," said Richard Plepler, chief executive of HBO, per The New York Times. "'Sesame Street' stands for excellence and quality in children's programming, and we stand for excellence and quality in all programming. If we are going to lean into that and start to do more, we want to associate ourselves with a brand that is consummate to ourselves."

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