Apple TV Plus, Bird Bird team up for Sesame Workshop show Helpsters

Muppets are coming to teach kids about coding with the new show.

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Big Bird and a friend showed up on the Apple Event stage to announce a new show.

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The most colorful celebrity cameo at Apple's Monday "show time" event belonged to Big Bird, the friendly oversized muppet of Sesame Street fame.

Big Bird came to introduce Helpsters, a children's show for Apple's new TV Plus streaming video service. The big yellow fellow had a muppet friend named Cody along to help. Cody will stat in the show, which will focus on teaching coding skills to preschoolers.

Apple announced in June 2018 it had given a multi-series order to Sesame Workshop, the nonprofit media organization behind the famed Sesame Street children's show.

Watch this: Big Bird wants to help your kids learn to code on Helpsters

"Sesame Workshop will draw on their 50 years of expertise creating children's programming to produce live-action and animated series, and to develop a puppet series," Apple said.

While Sesame Street is one of the organization's most famous productions, it is not a part of the Apple agreement.

The new Sesame Workshop show is just one in a flurry of Apple show unveilings and partnerships spanning the gamut from a reboot of Steven Spielberg's Amazing Stories to a wide-ranging deal with media mogul Oprah Winfrey

Apple's Sesame Workshop move shows it is intent on offering a wide range of programming for all ages. 

Be sure to check out everything Apple announced at the event.  

Originally published June 20, 2018. 
Update, March 25, 2019, 12:06 p.m. PT: Adds official announcement. 

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