Elmo, the Cookie Monster, and other Sesame Street characters are headed to Univision in a new version of the children’s educational show produced exclusively for the Spanish-language network.
Called “Sesame Amigos,” the 30-minute series produced by the Sesame Workshop debuts August 1 at 8:30 a.m. ET/PT.
The show is part of Planeta U, Univision’s Saturday morning children’s programming block.
Season 1 consists of 26 episodes that will feature a segment where the “Sesame Amigos” interact with a Univision personality or celebrities, such as Diego Luna.
Univision previously aired “Plaza Sésamo” in 1995, co-produced in Spanish by Televisa and the Children’s Television Workshop.
In 2008, Univision launched Planeta U, its educational and informational (E/I) programming block – one year after the FCC fined the network $24 million dollars for failing to comply with a requirement to air 3 hours of children’s educational programming each week.
At the time, Univision tried to pass off several telenovelas as children’s programming. But complaints from non-profits led to the FCC accusing the network of falsely labeling the programs as E/I shows. Univision settled the fine and agreed to detail a plan that would “ensure future compliance with the Children’s Television Act.”