Apple inks deal for kids’ shows with Sesame Workshop

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Apple is going to get its own puppet show.
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Apple is getting its own kids’ TV series with talking puppets.

The iPhone-maker and Sesame Workshop have reportedly inked a deal that will bring a slate of new kids’ programming to the company’s worldwide video project. But don’t expect to see Big Bird and the Sesame Street gang.

Sesame Workshop’s deal with Apple doesn’t include Sesame Street content because HBO and PBS already have a deal with Sesame for that show. Instead, the two will develop multiple series that borrow from Sesame Street‘s most successful elements.

According to Variety, Apple and Sesame Workshop plan to create live-action and animated series. They also plan to make a puppet series too.

Sesame Workshop has won more Daytime Emmys than any other children’s production company over the last 50 years. The move gives Apple a wide range of shows for everyone from kids to senior citizens once its original TV shows finally launch.

Apple’s growing roster of shows includes series developed by Steven Spielberg, Reese Witherspoon, M. Night Shamalyan, Ron Howard, Ronald D. Moore, Damien Chazelle and more. The company hasn’t said when or how it will release their shows, but we expect them to start coming out in 2019.