Press release from Univision Communications and Sesame Workshop, July 27, 2015:
Get ready to aprender, bailar, and jugar (learn, dance and play) with your favorite furry friends on Sesame Amigos, a brand new 30-minute Spanish-language show produced by Sesame Workshop, the nonprofit organization behind Sesame Street, exclusively for Univision. Season 1 of Sesame Amigos premieres August 1, 2015 at 8:30 a.m. ET/PT (7:30 a.m. Central) in the award-winning Saturday children’s programming block, “Planeta U.”
Through Sesame Amigos’ 26 new episodes, kids will build their inner strength, develop their moral compass and learn important educational lessons with trusted and engaging characters that kids love and moms and dads count on. In each show, kids will play learning games and get up and dance with Elmo, who will encourage kids to participate throughout the show. They’ll travel to “The Furchester Hotel,” a hilarious segment featuring Elmo, Cookie Monster, and new friends that teaches creative problem-solving and working together. Next they’ll explore far off lands and learn about cooperation in “Bert and Ernie’s Great Adventures.” Finally they’ll laugh out loud with Cookie Monster, the star of “Cookie’s Crumby Pictures,” who proves that patience takes practice.
Each show will also feature a segment where Elmo, Lola, Rosita and friends interact with a Univision celebrity in a fun setting. Featured Univision celebrities include, “Sal y Pimenta” hosts Carlos Calderon and Lourdes Stephen, “Primer Impacto” correspondents Tony Dandrades and Jackie Guerrido, “Despierta América’s” Maity Interiano and William Valdez and Univision Deportes’ Pablo “La Torre de Jalisco” Ramirez. In addition to Univision talent, the show will feature other Hispanic celebrities such as Vahdir Derbez, Diego Luna and Leslie Grace.
“Sesame Amigos is a new and innovative show designed specifically for Spanish-speaking families in the U.S.,” said Alberto Ciurana, president of Programming and Content, Univision Communications Inc. “While versions of Sesame Street air in more than 150 countries, Sesame Amigos will provide Spanish-speaking preschoolers the tools they need to succeed in the United States.”
“We are thrilled to be debuting our first season of Sesame Amigos with our partners at Univision,” said Steve Youngwood, Chief Operating Officer of Sesame Workshop. “Since our founding, Sesame Street has revolutionized early learning by using media to make educational opportunities accessible to all preschoolers. Sesame Amigos will further our mission of helping kids grow smarter, stronger and kinder by reaching new Hispanic audiences with our funny, furry content and characters in ways that reflect their language and culture.”
“Planeta U” (Planet U) is an award-winning educational and informational (E/I) programming block aimed to appeal to kids of all ages, from pre-school to high school. This safe zone for all young viewers airs on Saturday mornings from 8:00-11:00 a.m. ET/PT (7:00-10:00 a.m. Central) on the Univision Network.