HBO has set a premiere date for the 46th season of “Sesame Street,” and the first to debut away from PBS. It will premiere Saturday, Jan. 16.

With the change in networks come some changes to the format as well: “Sesame Street” will air 30-minute rather than 60-minute episodes and will feature new visuals with its opening and closing songs. A new human character, Nina (played by Suki Lopez), will also join the cast.

Two new episodes will air back-to-back starting at 9 a.m. ET/PT on Jan. 16; in subsequent weeks, a new episode will air at 9, followed by a repeat at 9:30. Episodes will be simulcast in Spanish on HBO Latino, and new and library episodes will air at 8 a.m. each weekday on HBO Family.

The show will continue to air on PBS as well, but episodes from Season 46 won’t reach the public broadcaster until the fall of 2016.

Posted by:Rick Porter

Rick Porter has been covering TV since the days when networks sent screeners on VHS, one of which was a teaser for the first season of "American Idol." He's left-handed, makes a very solid grilled cheese and has been editor of TV by the Numbers since October 2015. He lives in Austin.

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