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There's A New Neighbor Moving To 'Sesame Street' And His Name Is Armando

by Tambay A. Obenson
May 11, 2013 11:58 AM
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That's right - meet Armando, a new neighbor on Sesame Street, who, I'm sure, will be bringing a dose of cultural diversity along with him to the Sesame neighborhood.

Armando (or "Mando" as he'll apparently be called by the rest of the community) is a writer, and will be played by actor Ismael Cruz Cordova (above) an NYU Tisch School of the Arts graduate as well as an actor who's appeared in TV shows like The Good Wife.

Armando will make his debut on the series, on September 16, when Sesame Street premieres its 44th season on PBS. He joins other new additions to the series: Maria (played by Sonia Manzano), Luis (Emilio Delgado) and Rosita and Ovejita (both played by Carmen Osbahr).

Cordova is said to have won the role after a high-profile search the producers of the show, when hundreds of hopefuls came out to the show’s first-ever open casting call held in New York City last summer, in their search for a new character to bring some more diversity to the series.

I am honestly still in shock,” Cordova said in a release from Sesame Street announcing his new role. “I am incredibly proud to be a part of a show that acknowledges and celebrates diversity so whole-heartedly and am so grateful to have been given the opportunity to represent Latino-Americans on ‘Sesame Street.’

Congrats and good luck to both "Mando" and Cordova.

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  • lilkunta | May 11, 2013 7:31 PMReply

    ___Armando will make his debut on the series, on September 16, when Sesame Street premieres its 44th season on PBS. He joins other new additions to the series: Maria (played by Sonia Manzano), Luis......___
    ......Maria has been on SS since 1971 so how is she a new addition ?

  • D.C. Kirkwood | May 11, 2013 7:03 PMReply

    Lawd don't let him turn out to be a pedophile. Fingers crossed. Congrats to him.

  • SMDH | May 11, 2013 10:26 PM

    @Aaron... taking a guess he's better looking than you.

  • Aaron | May 11, 2013 9:38 PM

    He has the "pedosmile" like all pedophiles.

  • lilkunta | May 11, 2013 7:18 PM

    totally uncalled for. do you say that bc he looks like he is off afro descent?
    and we dont know that Kevin Clash ( elmo) was or is a pedophile. the men he dated were 18yrs old.

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