PBS Annonces Plans to Launch Shorter 'Sesame Street' Episodes

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Sesame Street is about to undergo reconstruction.

PBS has announced plans to launch a shorter 30 minute version of the veteran children’s program this fall. The shorten version of the show will join PBS’ afternoon lineup beginning September 1 and it will also be available for viewing on the PBS website, its mobile app and the PBS Roku channel.

For the past 45 years Sesame Street has been teaching the youth of America the alphabet, how to count and social skills in an hour long broadcast, but as the television landscape continues to  turn towards shorten 30 minute programs now is the perfect time for PBS to introduce an abbreviated version of the hit series.

The New York Times report that PBS will continue to broadcast the hourlong Sesame Street in the mornings, in addition to the 30 minute show in the afternoon.

The new 30 minute version of Sesame Street will essentially be a condensed version of the morning’s hour-long broadcast. While the 30 minute afternoon broadcast will contain Sesame Street mainstays such as “Street Story,” “Word on the Street,” and the letter and number “dance breaks,” the condensed afternoon series will lose popular features such as “Elmo the Musical” or “Abby’s Flying Fairy School.”

The new 30 minute afternoon version of Sesame Street debuts September 1 on PBS.

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