Social distancing and social isolation are difficult concepts to deal with for adults, and for children who can’t yet process the nuances of the situation, it’s significantly harder.
But like it’s done in the past, instead of shying away from a sensitive topic, “Sesame Street” plans to face the COVID-19 pandemic head on with a television special that will help children cope with the crisis.
A special episode of the children’s show, “Sesame Street: Elmo’s Playdate,” will air on April 14 and will count on a few of the Muppet’s friends to help guide young viewers through the current situation.
“Hamilton” creator Lin-Manuel Miranda, Oscar winner Anne Hathaway, and “Black-ish” star Tracee Ellis Ross will join the virtual playdate alongside Cookie Monster, Grover, and Abby Cadabby to thank frontline workers and play games.
HBO, HBO Latino, TBS, TNT, Cartoon Network, Boomerang, and truTV, as well as PBS KIDS 24/7 channel and streaming platforms, will air the show on Tuesday, April 14 at 7 p.m. ET. PBS stations will re-air the special throughout the month.
"WarnerMedia recognizes how difficult these isolation efforts are for families, especially ones with children," said Bob Greenblatt, Chairman, WarnerMedia Entertainment and Direct-to-Consumer. "We are confident that this special will bring family members together for a unique in-home viewing experience that will provide laughter, joy and relief during this challenging time."