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Sesame Workshop to develop new channel with Comcast, HIT

Discussion in 'Classic Sesame Street' started by Phillip, Jun 9, 2004.

  1. Phillip

    Phillip Administrator Staff Member

    Looks like Classic Sesame Street may be returning as soon as next year.


    The deal would include all of Sesame Workshop's and HIT's library. Keep in mind that HIT also owns the distribution rights to all of Henson's Muppet World properties not sold to Disney (like Fraggle Rock). So it's possible both Sesame and Fraggle could end up on the same channel.

    Pretty good news, eh? :excited:
  2. Cheebo

    Cheebo Well-Known Member

    Wow, just wow. Fraggle Rock (hopefully) AND Sesame Street? This is a Muppet fans dream come true. If its indeed 24 hours then that means late night Sesame Unpaved....maybe.
  3. The Count

    The Count Moderator Staff Member

    So how do we know this won't end up like a second Noggin? Guess we'll have to wait and see.

    Phil, when you say it'll have all of SW's content, are we talking "all" of their content even when they were still known as CTW?

    All 35 Seasons of Sesame Street
    The Electric Company
    3-2-1 Contact
    Square One TV
    Play With Me Sesame

    And just what Henson productions are still withing the vaults of HIT after the pillaging commited by Disney? Hope to hear from you soon and have a good day.
  4. Phillip

    Phillip Administrator Staff Member

    Well, we don't know *for sure* at this point, but keep in mind that when Sesame Workshop owned 12.5% of Noggin back in 1999, they aired lots of classic programming: Sesame Street Unpaved, The Electric Company, 3-2-1 Contact and more. It was only after Sesame Workshop sold their stake in Noggin, that the shows began to slowly disappear. Since SW will once again own part of their own channel it's very likely these shows will return, especially if they will be airing preschool shows 24 hours a day. Reaching the adult nostalgia crowd at night when the kiddies are asleep is a great way to do that.

    I would think so, yes. Obviously, there could be an issue with recent Sesame Street episodes. I believe SW has a four-year contract with Noggin for recent Sesame episodes. We are in year three of that new deal that began in 2001.

    Basicly, it's anything Muppety that Henson retained after the Disney deal. From the announcement earlier this year, we know it's... "The 440 hour strong Family Classics portion of Henson's catalogue includes the ACE Award-winning titles Fraggle Rock and Emmet Otter's Jugband Christmas, BAFTA Award-winning Jim Henson's The Hoobs, BAFTA nominated Jim Henson's Construction Site, Jim Henson's Mopatop's Shop, and Emmy Award-winning Jim Henson's Mother Goose Stories. The deal does not include titles involving the Muppets or Bear in the Big Blue House, the rights to which were recently acquired by The Walt Disney Company." Things like Faffner Hall weren't mentioned specificly but more than likely it's under HIT's roof now as well.

  5. The Count

    The Count Moderator Staff Member

    Thanks for the update Phil. I'll be very excited when this new SW half or fractionally-owned channel debuts. Interested in some of the stuff mentioned like the Hoobes and Mopatops.
    As for that deal you mentioned between SW and Noggin, just how recent are the episodes under that deal? The thing is that I thought Noggin was airing episodes three years behind the current airing on PBS. For example, since PBS is on Season 35 episodes, I thought that Noggin would be showing Season 32 episodes almost exclusively with no airing of episodes from Seasons 30 and/or 31. But someone on these boards shot down that theory o' mine.
    Well, thanks for the heads up once again, and good to know that there's light at the end of this tunnel.
  6. Phillip

    Phillip Administrator Staff Member

    I think they are all 1999-2000 episodes. I haven't watched 123 Sesame since last year, but I think they are still airing these currently from what people on the boards have said.
  7. KGJC

    KGJC Well-Known Member

    Cool old Sesame Street episodes.

    Wait............. Now Sesame Street and Barney and Friends will be the same company oh yeah yes yes yes. I have always wanted Sesame Street and Barney and Friends to be the same company.
  8. ssetta

    ssetta Well-Known Member

    Okay, I just have to say that this is like the best news I have ever heard this year, and I hope that it comes true. And also, I hope they have a lot more episodes than Unpaved. :)
  9. BoyRaisin2

    BoyRaisin2 Well-Known Member

    Actually it was Henson that had a 12.5% stake in Noggin, which was sold by EM.TV along with the Sesame Street characters. Noggin was started as a joint venture between Nickelodeon and the then-Children's Television Workshop.

    But man, this is some amazing news. Even more weird with the Comcast-Disney-Henson-HIT-Sesame connection.
  10. BoyRaisin2

    BoyRaisin2 Well-Known Member

    Here's another article, by the way

    Comcast in talks over 24-hr toddlers' channel -WSJ

    NEW YORK, June 9 (Reuters) - Comcast Corp. <CMCSA.O> is in advanced talks with the Public Broadcasting Service, Sesame Workshop and Britain's HIT Entertainment <HTE.L> to develop a 24-hour TV network for preschool children, The Wall Street Journal reported on Wednesday.

    The network would carry no commercials and would have rights to shows such as "Sesame Street" and "Barney & Friends," the newspaper said, citing people familiar with the matter.

    Rights to those shows are now owned by the nonprofit Sesame Workshop and HIT, a UK-based producer of children's programming, the newspaper said.

    A Sesame Workshop spokeswoman, Beatrice Chow, told Reuters that "Sesame Workshop is in discussions with a number of media outlets including Comcast and Noggin to find the best home for Sesame Workshop library material on digital cable."

    Noggin, owned by Nickelodeon, is an educational channel dedicated to preschoolers that broadcasts 12 hours a day, according to information on Noggin's Web site.

    Neither Comcast nor PBS, a government-backed non-profit broadcaster, was immediately available for comment on the report. HIT Chief Executive Robert Lawes declined comment.

    Comcast, PBS and the two programmers each would own stakes in the network, which has not yet been named, the Journal said. The proposed network would be a digital channel, meaning it would only be available to cable subscribers who pay about $10 extra for additional channels and a sharper-quality picture, the newspaper said.

    The newspaper, citing people involved in the talks, said negotiations could be finalized within weeks and that the network could launch sometime next year.
  11. MuppetDanny

    MuppetDanny Well-Known Member


    Will this be in the UK? As "HIT!" is a UK company right? :concern:

    It would be great for UK fans to see Classic Henson stuff on one channel :flirt:
  12. Cheebo

    Cheebo Well-Known Member

    .01% chance I say. Comcast owns the channel and it will comcast digital cable channel. Comcast never allows it channels it owns go on anything but Comcast and Comcast is USA only I believe.
  13. BoyRaisin2

    BoyRaisin2 Well-Known Member

    Well we have Charter here. But I'm moving to Atlanta later this year, and I believe they have Comcast Cable, so I'm lucky. But it does suck that this appears to be only available on Comcast systems. Of course, the news is only a few hours old so we'll see what happens.
  14. ssetta

    ssetta Well-Known Member

    But WILL it have old Sesame Street???
  15. Ryan

    Ryan Well-Known Member


    ssetta, calm down..we don't know yet!
  16. Cheebo

    Cheebo Well-Known Member

    What do you mean by appears to be? Its a Comcast made channel so it will only be on Comcast. That is just how Comcast works.
  17. AndyWan Kenobi

    AndyWan Kenobi Well-Known Member

    Well, I think this is great news--I'm looking forward to seeing what they will show, and I may have to upgrade my cable to get the channel. It would be worth it, though, to have those shows again.
  18. Erine81981

    Erine81981 Well-Known Member

    Does this mean it will be on Satellite? That is Dish Network?
  19. nickcoffee12

    nickcoffee12 Well-Known Member


    how is this schedule sound to evey one


    6:00 sesame strret unpaved

    7:00 the polka dot door

    7:30 under the umbrella tree

    8:00 sesame street sesasons 20 to 27before elmo world airs

    9:00 sesame street unpaved

    10:00 little bear

    10:30 mr dressup

    11:00 sesame street with elmo world


    12:00 sesame street unpaved

    1:oo play with me sesame

    2:00 bear in the big blue house

    2:30 arthur

    3:oo slim pig

    3:30 caillou

    4:00 barney and friends

    4:30 barney and friends

    5:00 polka dot door

    5:30 the ozlets

    6:00 fables of the green forest

    6:30 dr snuggles

    7:00 polka dot door

    7:30 sesame park

    8:00 sesame park again

    9:00 you can't do that on telvision

    9:30 the elephant show

    10:00 sesame street unpaved

    11:00 katie and orbie

    11:30 drtagon tails

    12:00 sesame street unpaved

    1:00 barney and friends

    1:30 polka dot door

    2:00 the ozlets

    2:30 calling all safty scouts

    3:00 sesame park

    3:30 sesame street sesaon 20 to 35

    4:30 mr dress up

    5:00 sesane street unpaved

    so what do you think :)
  20. The Count

    The Count Moderator Staff Member

    Sounds good, but I have a few things to say.
    1 Have some version of Sesame scheduled for 3:00 PM, I grew up watching it faithfully at that timeslot for 20 years and I'd love to have it back at that time no matter which US version we get. Whether it be Unpaved, Seasons 21-25, 21-27, or 28-Present, slot it at 3:00 PM!
    2 Bear in the Big Blue House can't be part of that lineup. Reason being is that it's owned by Disney along with the Muppets and you'd get a red flag for that one alone.
    3 Add some of the other Henson and CTW shows to that lineup. For example, add in Encyclopedia and the Electric Company; Square One TV, and Fraggle Rock; the Hoobes and/or Mopatops.
    For the rest of it, sounds like a good start.

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