PBS Kids will be adding a new half-hour "Sesame Street" program this fall on-air and on digital platforms. The new bonus program will be in addition to the hourlong show.
Starting Monday, Sept. 1, the additional half-hour show will air on weekday afternoons. For the first time, selected full episodes of the 30-minute program will also be available for free online at pbskids.org/video, on the PBS Kids video app and on the PBS Kids Roku channel, according a PBS news release.
"With this new half-hour program, we are excited to build on 'Sesame Street's' 45-year legacy on PBS with a format that will make the series more accessible on mobile devices," said Lesli Rotenberg, general manager, children's programming, PBS. "The new format will give PBS Kids the opportunity to offer 'Sesame Street' to even more families, making it easy for parents to help their kids build essential school readiness skills with one of their favorite shows."
Each 30-minute episode is a shortened version of each one-hour program and will include a "Street Story," a "Word on the Street" segment, a celebrity vocabulary segment, songs, spoofs, dance breaks and popular segments like "Cookie's Crumbly Pictures" or "Super Grover 2.0." Kids will learn a variety of skills, including school readiness.