ETM only came out about a couple seasons ago. The segment was meant to replace Elmo's World, and frankly it was a far better segment. It wasn't written to talk down to kids, it was shorter and had a zippy pace. Problem is, it was expensive. Something tells me, to answer this question...I'm surprised we're still having Elmo the Musical . . . hasn't the hype over musicals kind of died down in recent years?
Indeed that seems to be the case. It's a money saving move. ETM only has a few segments because it, again, was expensive to produce. So naturally, instead of rerunning the same things over and over and not shooting too many more of those because money, they opted to just toss these back into the show. Thankfully it seems they alternate, but EW is just soooo late 90's-last decade in all counts. But the good thing is they cut a lot of the fat off of that bloated series to give it a less than 10 minute run time. Hopefully HBO's money goes further in the next season, the first made specifically for them (season 46 was in the can before the deal happened).So that means they're alternating betwenn EW and EtM?
This episode was okay. The street story felt rushed, but it maintained a lot of the show's sense of humor, like Drtooth poinetd out, the Mucko POLO running gag being intentionally annoying very much in Sesame spirit.
Welcome to the 27 minute format. All stories are going to be truncated, though hopefully future episodes will be written as 8-9 minute segments instead of crushing them into shorter time frames. That's something that's been a problem the past season as well. And those were hour long formats.Both street scenes felt very rushed,although I did enjoy the Mucko Polo street story,but it sort of felt like there was a scene or two missing from both street stories.