Updated 05:03 PM EDT, Wed, Oct 27, 2021

‘Sesame Street’ Season 46 Introduces New Latina Character Named Nina

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Season 46 of "Sesame Street" introduced a new Latina character named Nina, portrayed by Suki Lopez.

The children's television program's 46th season debuted on HBO on Saturday, NBC News reported. The new season has a significant difference than its predecessors because first-run episodes have transferred to HBO. Plus, the show now has a 30-minute format, with new episodes to simultaneously air on HBO Latino and dubbed in Spanish. These episodes will be available for viewing on PBS this fall.

Sesame Workshop's promotional materials described Nina as "a young bilingual Hispanic woman who uses her wit, compassion, and charisma to help the furry residents of Sesame Street solve their daily dilemmas," NBC News noted. According to Vulture, Nina "resembles a living Dora the Explorer."

"Nina is a millennial, and she has a bunch of jobs. So I guess she is like me," Lopez, a Cuban-American actress, said, as quoted in NBC News' report. "She is a babysitter for Elmo, and she works at the bike store and the Laundromat."

When asked if she plans to stay on "Sesame Street" for a long time -- just like Sonia Manzano, who played Maria for 44 years - Lopez said, "I hope so. This show has a tremendous history and I hope to be part of it for a long time," the news outlet quoted.

Lopez shared that the show had already positively influenced her.

"I now have this affiliation with 'Sesame Street' and their values. So I want to make sure that the values that I stand for on the show come through in my real life, which is a good thing. If more of the world were like 'Sesame Street,' it would absolutely be a better place," she explained, as reported by NBC News.

Season 46's guest stars include Gina Rodriguez, Gwen Stefani, Nick Jonas, Pharrell, Alan Cumming, Sara Bareilles, Ne-Yo, Fifth Harmony, Aloe Blacc, and Tracee Ellis Ross, Broadway World listed.

One of the most remarkable changes that the new season brings is the "updated, reimagined, and visually vibrant new set," the news outlet wrote. Elmo has now moved into the 123 Sesame Street brownstone. Just like preschoolers, his bedroom has colorful storage for his toys and crayon drawings displayed on his wall.

Moreover, Cookie Monster has moved above Hooper's Store, Abby has a new garden filled with brilliant flowers and plants, Big Bird has a new nest in a tree, and Oscar's can has been transferred to a more central location so he can better deliver grouchy commentaries on anything that irks him, Broadway World reported.

"Sesame Street" airs on HBO every Saturday at 9:00 AM, followed by a repeat episode at 9:30 AM.

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