Elmo and his Sesame Street pals are stepping into late night television as seen in the amusing new trailer for the red muppet's upcoming talk show. As Elmo's bedtime is about 7:30 p.m., the show is appropriately called The Not Too Late Show with Elmo, and the program will debut on HBO Max when the streaming service launches on May 27. While he won't be staying up as late as other talk show hosts, Elmo will have his show formatted basically the same, featuring a similar set with a desk and celebrity guest interviews. You can watch the trailer below.
Several major celebrities are going to appear on the program as revealed in the trailer. Confirmed names so far include the Jonas Brothers, Blake Lively, Jimmy Fallon, Ben Platt, Jason Sudeikis, and resident grumpy muppet Oscar the Grouch. Even famous superheroes will be appearing on the show, as none other than Batman can be seen stepping into the studio for an interview with Elmo. Musical guests will also be performing on the show, which will include a rendition of the Bert and Ernie classic "Rubber Ducky" by Kacey Musgraves.
This new Elmo-themed talk show is a part of a deal with HBO and Sesame Street to expand its original content for the network. Several streaming services are already available with several others entering the fray this year, so each one is going to have to add some must-see exclusive content to survive. In addition to Sesame Street and The Not-Too-Late Show with Elmo, HBO Max will also be offering upcoming reboot series based on Gremlins, The Boondocks, and Gossip Girl. A Friends revival special is also in the works with all six original cast members, and the complete series will also be streaming exclusively on the service.
The Not-Too-Late Show with Elmo looks to be a fun program for all ages, offering a bit more appeal to older viewers with its talk show format compared to Sesame Street. While the content will be completely child-friendly, some viewers may find the wholesome content to be a nice break from the political humor on other late night talk shows. Meanwhile, children (and adults who are still kids at heart) can still watch new episodes of Sesame Street when new episodes premiere on HBO; the 51st season will premiere on HBO Max in late 2020, moving the first-run episodes of the series over to the company's streaming service.
HBO Max will launch on May 27, 2020, and The Not-Too-Late Show with Elmo will also be premiering on the service on that date. It's not yet clear how frequently new episodes will be made available on the service, but Elmo will definitely be returning by late next month. The exclusive content should also help with HBO Max offering more incentive to viewers to subscribe with so many other options already out there, as will the schools closing nationwide leaving many bored children at home. The new trailer for The Not-Too-Late Show with Elmo shown above comes to us from Sesame Street on YouTube.