"Sesame Street" is Lopez's TV series debut, but she's no stranger to the stage; she's got a background in musical theater and has appeared in the national tour of "West Side Story" (and was an understudy for the role of "Anita," made famous by EGOT legend Rita Moreno) and in Disney Cruise Line theater productions, among other roles.
Promotional materials for the 46th season of "Sesame Street" note that her character, "Nina," will use "her wit, compassion and charisma to help the furry residents of Sesame Street solve their daily dilemmas, providing a positive role for preschoolers." She's also described as "a tinkerer, a builder and a fixer," who will work at the neighborhood bike shop, and have a special relationship with Rosita, the show's turqoise, bilingual female muppet.
HBO's involvement in "Sesame Street" will bring in enough money to produce twice as many new episodes per season (the show has changed to a 30-minute episode format) and spin off new programming. But there's a small catch with the move to the premium cable channel.
This season will also feature a diverse list of celebrity guest stars, including Gina Rodriguez, Lupita Nyong'o, Gwen Stefani, Pharrell and others.
Although HBO released the first two episodes of the new season on Sesame Workshop's YouTube channel, all other episodes will air first on HBO before they later air on PBS for the next five years. (You'll have to wait nine months for the new season to hit regular TV channels.) However, new episodes will also debut simultaneously on HBO Latino, dubbed in Spanish.