‘Sesame Street’ to Air on HBO Before PBS

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Sesame Street to air on HBO before PBS as part of a deal to boost the number of episodes

For the next five years, the number of Sesame Street episodes will soar from 18 to 35 per year. The new episodes will be shown on HBO at first. After nine months, they’ll air on PBS. “Sesame Workshop’s new partnership does not change the fundamental role PBS and stations play in the lives of families,” says an HBO spokesperson.

See the official photos from Downton Abbey’s final season

The final episode will be set on Christmas Day, 1927. PLUS: Julian Fellowes says of the ending: “I think it’s satisfactory. I hope it is.‎”

A Dexter musical is coming to NYC

As part of the FringeNYC Festival, Dex! A Killer Musical promises to tackle all eight seasons of the Showtime series.

NBC boss on Xena reboot: “We’re looking for a writer”

“We want to do it,” says NBC Entertainment chairman Robert Greenblatt.

Claire Holt is returning to The Originals

The original Finn will make his debut in the season premiere in a flashback scene with Claire Holt and Nathaniel Buzolic.

A scientist studied what a Game of Thrones’ White Walker does to your heart rate

University of California, San Francisco data scientist Brandon Ballinger found that for the Hardhome episode, heart rates jumped from 68 beats per minute to 92 beats per minute.

Teresa Giudice will return to Real Housewives of New Jersey after her prison stint

“She’s definitely back next season,” a source tells Us Weekly.

Orange Is the New Black
’s Ruby Rose talks about Justin Bieber looking like her

“I hear that he gets asked a lot if he is Ruby Rose, and it must be frustrating for him,” she tells Conan.

Connie Britton’s favorite part of Amy Schumer’s Friday Night Lights sketch was the ever-expanding wine glass

Britton tells Seth Meyers she was “flattered and honored” by the tribute.

The Simpsons
’ Ned Flanders inspires a metal band

Introducing Nedal performers Okilly Dokilly.