And speaking of Sesame Street, I did find out two days ago that the three most senior human stars who played Bob, Luis and Gordon have all been fired from the show. I am suspecting the show is doing badly in the ratings on HBO. I think moving the show to HBO was an attempt to try to fix something that's broken. And they broke it even more.
I wonder if they might be planning to end the show after Season 50? It's heading into Season 47 now, and I bet the episode orders will get smaller towards the 50th season.
Those three recently met with Sesame Workshop. Reportedly due to such a large outcry from fans, Sesame Workshop changed their minds and decided to keep them around.
It's worth noting that none of these decisions are being made by the HBO people, who are merely financial backers.
Well, there is speculation that they may play different charcters, or they may make minimal appearances (probably one, maybe two in an entire season).
Keep in mind that it is likely Time Warner issuing the payroll (unless I misread something).