UPDATE: Apparently, the special is airing on PBS Kids in primetime on April 14th, and then the next day, April 15th, during the usual Sesame Street timeslot for your local market.
“Elmo’s Play Date” is a Sesame Street special set to air on Tuesday, April 14th at 7 p.m. ET/6 p.m. CT simultaneously on HBO, PBS Kids and a number of other channels and platforms.
There are three things I want to say about this:
- Despite the title, it appears that the special is going to feature other Sesame Street characters besides Elmo, as well as some of my favorite human beings on Earth, like Anne Hathaway and Lin-Manuel Miranda.
- Isn’t it wonderful what can happen when corporations stop worrying about profit and gain for a moment and agree to cooperate with other organizations for the public good? Just imagine if Disney would do that once in a while. We might have the rest of The Muppet Show on DVD, or better yet, Muppet Family Christmas in all its uncut glory.
- There’s a point I would like to clear up because other outlets haven’t bothered to explain it properly. In the past, “PBS Kids” used to refer to the block of children’s programming on the main network. Nowadays, however, it is a whole separate digital channel, and it is the PBS Kids channel that is going to be airing the special on the evening of April 14th, not the primary PBS channel.
Forgive me if I’m pointing out the obvious, but I didn’t realize that until today when I checked the listings for Tuesday. So I thought I should explain it because it would be a shame for anyone to miss such a wonderful event because they were confused about where it was airing.