Sesame Street is welcoming a new character. Armando, or 'Mando' as he will be known, debuts on the 44th season of the PBS staple on September 16. Mando is the culmination of a search for an Hispanic neighbor that has been going on for months, and they've found their character. According to ABC News,

Armando will be played by actor Ismael Cruz Cordova, a native of Puerto Rico who holds a BFA from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts and has starred in shows like “The Good Wife.”

Cordova won the role in a high-profile search by “Sesame Street” for a new character actor that began in August 2012 when hundreds of hopefuls came out to the show’s first-ever open casting call held in New York City in their search for a new, diverse character.


The character is already making appearances on Facebook and Twitter!