HBO (which stands for Home Box Office) is a premium cable TV channel that specializes in showing movies, as well as original films & series.
Among the HENSON productions that originally aired on HBO are Emmet Otter’s Jug-Band Christmas (1977), Fraggle Rock, (1983 - 1987), The Tale of the Bunny Picnic 1986). & The Ghost of Faffner Hall 1989). Additionally, the Muppets appeared in the HBO special The Vent Event (1978).
In 1983, HBO held a Fraggle Rock Sweepstakes contest. The grand prize was a trip for a family of four to Fraggle Rock at Toronto’s CBC Studios or New York City for the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade & a tour of The Muppet Workshop. Other prizes were a Fraggle Fun Pack which included a Fraggle Rock record & poster & a year’s subscription to HBO. A promo was filmed for this contest featuring Doc & Sprocket reading about the contest in a newspaper. Doc encouraged Sprocket to enter the contest so that they can figure out what a Fraggle is. Gobo Fraggle makes a silent appearance at the end as he overheard Doc’s conversation. The contest ended on May 31, 1983.
In 1997, HBO aired The StoryTeller, both re-runs & "The Three Ravens," which had not aired in America, & The StoryTeller: Greek Myths, making its belated US debut. In November 2006, 2 performances of Puppet UP! were filmed as part of HBO & AEG LIVE’s "The Comedy Festival" at Caesar’s Palace in Las Vegas.
On August 13, 2015, it was announced that SESAME Workshop entered a partnership with the channel for new episodes of SESAME STREET to premiere on HBO before airing on PBS, starting with season 46. HBO Latino will simulcast the series in Spanish & episodes from the show's extensive library are made available on the HBO Kids section of the HBO GO/Now services. (See SESAME STREET episodes on HBO)
Over the years, HBO, & its multiple channels, have aired The Muppet Movie, The Great Muppet Caper, The Muppets Take Manhattan, Follow That BIRD, The Muppet Christmas Carol, Muppet Treasure Island, Muppets from Space, & The Adventures of Elmo in GROUCHland.
- Episode 4215 of SESAME STREET features "True MUD", a parody of HBO’s original series, True Blood. OSCAR THE GROUCH introduces the sketch, stating the program is shown on the station GROUCHBO.
- The Moopets sing a version of "The RAINBOW Connection" in The Muppets that features new lyrics that shills out for their casino. On the film’s soundtrack, 1 of the new lyrics states that there’s HBO in every room.
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