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Sesame Street shrinks to 30 minutes, new shows will premiere on HBO and PBS nine months later

What is the biggest major change Sesame Street has been through in the past 46 years?


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D'Snowth

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Now that Hooper's has wifi, when are we going to start seeing people sitting at the counter inside, or at one of the tables outside, engrossed in their laptops, tablets, phones, etc.?
 

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Somewhat off-topic, but I wonder why SNL hasn't shrunk down yet. I don't understand why they even bother with the last half hour of sketches for broadcast when they're always completely omitted when they reduce the reruns to an hour from an hour and a half.
 

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ABC Kids in Australia has shown several episodes of season 46 yet to air on HBO.

Here's what is on ABC iView/iView Kids:


HBO has only aired up to episode #4616, Rocco's Playdate, whilst ABC is now up to #4622 (Chicken when it comes to Thunderstorms)-which HBO will not air until June 4.

Guessing Sesame Workshop allows Australia's ABC to air episodes before HBO does.
 

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This is often the case with American shows - particularly kids shows and cartoons - where new episodes will air overseas months before they even see the light of day in their native country. Never really understood why that is, but it goes back as far as I can remember.
 

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Somewhat off-topic, but I wonder why SNL hasn't shrunk down yet. I don't understand why they even bother with the last half hour of sketches for broadcast when they're always completely omitted when they reduce the reruns to an hour from an hour and a half.
Honestly, I completely agree to that since the show always had those really bad filler sketches that are just there to make sure the show is a half hour longer than it needs to be. And we certainly can't count on Robert Smigel-esque animated segments that at least have a funny tonal shift in humor. Though I do like when they have "We're not Porn Stars...Anymore" as a show closer. I'm partial to that one because it somehow reminds me of Senor Cardgadge. But yeah, even in the best seasons with the best casts, there's those 2 (maybe 3) skits that somehow take up a half an hour per show because of the insane amount of advertisements that aren't even funny by the unfunniest cast members standards. I think they only exist to pad around the second musical performance (that usually gets cut out anyway on certain rebroadcasts) so it doesn't get cut in its initial airing.

ABC Kids in Australia has shown several episodes of season 46 yet to air on HBO.
Because of course it does. Yeah, I agree with D*Snowth's frustraition. I can understand if it's some European thing we'd either see as filler on a cable channel (which the latest season of Oggy was until they stupidly didn't go through the episodes where they'd find an okay in European kid's cartoon hidden naked background woman and stopped airing it like it's the show's fault and not theirs for being lazy enough to let it slide), or years later on qubo or the new third option of Netflix and the like, but it's annoying that you can see the entire season of a show before it gets a proper TV show release...and the US is the one that funds the show!!! I'm incredibly ahead of the CN broadcasts of Robots in Disguise because of UK based uploads, which doesn't bug me since it's at like 6:30 on a Saturday.

I always go over the horror story of what happened with Spectacular Spider-Man, and then laugh my butt off when uppity fan types whine about how Ultimate Spider-Man somehow stopped them from making a third season. And I'm like...DUDE! Kid's WB went under, 4Kids didn't want to pick up the second season. Like 2 years pass when even Bulgaria got the darn thing, then Disney XD picks it up either just before or just after they bought Marvel but wanted to establish the show first, so they had a third year of waiting to show the entire first season again. So yeah. There was no chance in Hades Sony was going to do season 3. Just after season 2 they were telling the staff to clean out their desks.

Anyway, seems like HBO is keeping SW on a tight leash, so there's no way any Aussie uploader's going to put any of these things up on YT. I'm convinced that is the reason why WGBH goes apescat when someone uploads Arthur episodes and then goes down on any episode in any level of not broadcast quality. Because Australia already aired 2 seasons worth of material. Clearly, these foreign channels want to just dump all the episodes at once and wait for reruns instead of the slow and choppy releases of a few episodes here, months of rerun, a few more episodes, months of reruns, and the final episodes before more reruns before the next season of the same stingy thing.

I'm entirely convinced that if HBO wasn't airing Sesame Street, we'd only be like the Dinosaur episode by now.
 

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So, when are we actually going to get to see Oscar popping up in various different trash cans and such throughout the street?
 

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So since Season 46 was delayed a few months, I'm curious as to how this will affect when and how we'll be celebrating SST's 50 anniversary/season. I know it's still a few years away yet, but I got to thinking today about how up until Season 35, each five-year anniversary was typically celebrated a year early because that's how the seasons were produced and broadcasted (so even though SST debuted in 1969, the 30th anniversary was celebrated in 1998 because that's when Season 30 began).
 
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