Sesame Street's 46th season officially begins this Saturday on HBO with two episodes back-to-back beginning at 9 am eastern. New episodes will continue to air on Saturday mornings through Saturday September 3. The Season 46 episodes are scheduled to air on PBS stations across the country beginning after the season concludes on HBO. Sesame Street episodes will also be available on-line via HBOGo (requires cable or satellite) or HBONow (requires a monthly subscription). A free 30-day trial of HBONow is also available. Remember that even though Season 46 is premiering on HBO that all of these episodes were taped before the HBO deal was made. Meaning the financial benefits of the HBO deal really won't be seen on-screen until Season 47. Season 46 brings many other changes to the street: For the first time ever, the show has been reduced from 60 to 30 minutes per episode The main street set has undergone a major overhaul including: an updated nest area for Big Bird in a small tree, Oscar's trash can moves to the front of 123 Sesame Street (above Ernie and Bert's apartment) and Cookie Monster now lives above Hooper's Store which has an updated look that pays homage to it's original design Even though other characters will still appear occasionally, the show is narrowing it's primary focus to six Muppet characters: Elmo, Cookie Monster, Abby Cadabby, Grover, Big Bird and Oscar "Cookie's Crumby Pictures" ends after two seasons and has been replaced with "Smart Cookies" starring Cookie Monster as the rookie agent of a team of crime-fighting cookies New show open and closes debut Stephanie D'Abruzzo now performs Prairie Dawn and Jennifer Barnhart now performs Zoe due to the retirement of Muppeteer Fran Brill Sonia Manzano (Maria) has retired and Suki Lopez (Nina) joins the cast After you see the new episodes, post here and let us know your thoughts. If you've seen Sesame Street Season 46, please like this post.