Part of Sesame Workshop’s ‘Caring For Each Other’ initiative, special to offer families a moment of joy & connection in challenging times
Celebrity guests Lin-Manuel Miranda, Anne Hathaway and Tracee Ellis Ross will join Elmo and friends for a half-hour ‘virtual playdate’ on HBO, HBO Latino, TBS, TNT, truTV, Cartoon Network & Boomerang
WarnerMedia announced it will air the half-hour special, “Sesame Street: Elmo’s Playdate,” simultaneously across HBO, HBO Latino, TBS, TNT, truTV, Cartoon Network and Boomerang on Tuesday, April 14 (7-7:30 p.m. ET/PT). The special will also air on PBS KIDS at the same time, and will later air internationally in Australia, Canada and the UK.
Part of Sesame Workshop’s “Caring for Each Other” initiative, the special is aimed at helping kids and families around the world feel connected in this time of uncertainty and features everyone’s favorite “Sesame Street” friends and celebrity guests including Lin-Manuel Miranda, Anne Hathaway and Tracee Ellis Ross.
“Sesame Street: Elmo’s Playdate” will also be available on HBO NOW, HBO GO, HBO On Demand and partners’ streaming platforms, as well as part of the HBO offering on HBO Max at the time of its launch.
“WarnerMedia recognizes how difficult these isolation efforts are for families, especially ones with children,” said Bob Greenblatt, chairman of WarnerMedia entertainment and direct-to-consumer. “With ‘Sesame Street: Elmo’s Playdate’ airing simultaneously across our networks, we are confident that this special will bring family members together for a unique in-home viewing experience that will provide laughter, joy and relief during this challenging time.”
“We hope ‘Sesame Street: Elmo’s Playdate’ will entertain and delight families at a moment when so many are feeling isolated and overwhelmed by current events,” said Steve Youngwood, Sesame Workshop’s president of media and education and chief operating officer. “With help from our distribution partners around the world, this special will encourage parents and kids to gather and relax as a family – in a way that only the Sesame Street Muppets can.”
The half-hour special follows Elmo, Grover, Cookie Monster, Abby Cadabby and a few famous friends as they find new ways to play and learn together. Celebrating everything from the EMTs, doctors, and other everyday heroes who are helping families through the health crisis, to the simple pleasures of baking cookies at home, the playdate takes the form of a cozy video conference that will feel very familiar to today’s viewers.
Celebrities and Sesame Street friends will sing songs, play games and take silly dance breaks.
Ellis Ross plays a game of “Elmo Says,” while Miranda pops in for a few rounds of “Old McDonald Had a Farm,” and Hathaway and Elmo get moving with “Head, Shoulders, Knees, and Toes.”
A press release said, “Kids will love getting a visit from their Sesame Street friends, and caregivers will appreciate how the special models playful learning opportunities they can use at home.
“Sesame Workshop is committed to supporting families through this unprecedented time of uncertainty with the new ‘Caring for Each Other’ initiative. As the situation evolves, SesameStreet.org/caring will be updated to meet the changing needs of caregivers and young children.
“ ‘Caring for Each Other’ resources are designed to help parents provide comfort and manage anxiety, create routines, foster playful learning at home, and keep kids physically and mentally healthy.”
Families can also watch “Sesame Street” episodes on HBO, PBS stations, and the PBS KIDS 24/7 channel, with an expanded offering of free on-demand episodes of “Sesame Street” on PBS KIDS digital platforms. Additionally, more than 110 “Sesame Street” e-books are available for free on all major e-book platforms.