Elmo Is Hosting a (Not-Too-)Late-Night Talk Show All About Bedtime Routines

published May 16, 2020
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There’s a new show coming to late night — well, not too late night, because its host has a bedtime to meet, and so does its audience. Sesame Street spinoff The Not-Too-Late Show with Elmo will use the late-night comedy format to help kids and parents relax and get ready to go to sleep.

The new show will debut on streaming platform HBO Max on Wednesday, May 27. Each of its episodes will highlight a different part of kids’ bedtime routines — like brushing teeth and putting on pajamas — with the help of celebrity guest stars like Lil Nas X, John Mulaney, Olivia Wilde, and the Jonas Brothers. Fellow late-night hosts like Jimmy Fallon will also drop in to give Elmo some advice, and Cookie Monster will play the role of Elmo’s sidekick. 

The Not-Too-Late Show aims to support kids and parents with healthy bedtime routines, and to bring them together for entertainment they can both enjoy.

“When families cuddle, laugh, and engage with each other, these bonding moments provide invaluable opportunities to foster social emotional skills. It’s that kind of connection we hope to create with The Not-Too-Late Show,” said Dr. Rosemarie Truglio, Sesame Workshop’s senior vice president of curriculum and content, in a press release

“Parents might not recognize all the teachable moments in simple routines, like putting on pajamas and reading a story or watching a television show together. But especially now, when kids’ everyday lives have been turned upside down — those moments are more important than ever.”

The first three episodes of The Not-Too-Late Show with Elmo will be available when the show premieres on Wednesday, May 27. Starting on Thursday, June 4, a new episode will come out each week.