The Not Too Late Show with Elmo is an absolute home run. HBO Max and the Sesame Workshop have managed to take the familiar characters of Sesame Street and place them in a setting that is both fresh and relatable to a newer generation of children. Being stagnant is a death sentence in any type of programming. A bonus for parents is that this isn’t one of those television shows your child watches on a loop that would cause a migraine. The Not Too Late Show with Elmo is an experience for the whole family to enjoy.
The premise behind the show is pretty straight forward. At night, right before his bedtime, Elmo hosts a talk show with help from his best pals from Sesame Street. He does manage to attract a diverse group of celebrities. Some of the stars He interviews this season are The Jonas Brothers, Blake Lively, and John Oliver. Each episode is a tight 15 minutes and comes with a lesson that children can take with them.
Cookie Monster, Bert, Ernie, and Elmo’s house band (Momma Bear and the Monsters) are just some of the classic Sesame Street characters which are sprinkled throughout each of these episodes. What’s great about the partnership between the Sesame Workshop and HBO Max is that it seems to have ignited a creative process that only children will benefit from. That’s the name of the game isn’t. Something familiar mixed with something new in this context has lead to fantastic results. Could we see more original Sesame centric programming to come?