‘Sesame Street’ HBO Premiere Date Set

Gwen Stefani, Pharrell, Nick Jonas, Sara Bareilles, Alan Cumming, Ne-Yo set to make guest appearances

“Sesame Street” will make its debut on HBO on January 16, the premium cable network announced Tuesday.

Two 30-minute episodes will kick off the 46th season of the iconic former PBS children’s program at 9 a.m.

This season, stars including Gwen Stefani, Pharrell, Nick Jonas, Sara Bareilles, Alan Cumming and Ne-Yo will make guest appearances, and a new Muppet character, Nina, who is bilingual and Hispanic, will be introduced.

“Families will see fun and fresh changes to ‘Sesame Street’ and can depend on their favorite Muppet friends to provide them with engaging and educational content,” said Brown Johnson, EVP and creative director of Sesame Workshop, in a statement. “We’re excited to bring the timeless lessons of ‘Sesame Street’ to HBO viewers, like learning numbers from The Count, inner strength from Elmo and kindness from Abby.”

Produced by the nonprofit educational organization Sesame Workshop, “Sesame Street” is underwritten in part by Beaches Resorts, UnitedHealthcare and Party City.

Season 46 of “Sesame Street” will begin airing on PBS Kids in Fall 2016.

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