PBS to Launch New Animated Series “Alma’s Way,” Based on Sonia Manzano’s Childhood

Sonia Manzano has found her alma

PBS Kids’ has announced plans to launch Alma’s Way, a new animated series from the 70-year-old Puerto Rican actress, screenwriter, author, speaker, singer-songwriter and former Sesame Street star, and Fred Rogers Productions that hits close to home for Manzano.

Sonia Manzano

Set to debut on PBS and PBS Kids next fall, Alma’s Way follows a 6-year-old Puerto Rican girl in the Bronx as she offers young viewers glimpses into her diverse and close-knit community. While she takes her audience for a trip around the neighborhood, Alma will encourage kids demonstrate their thinking decision making and social awareness skills.

“I am thrilled to return to public television and to work with PBS Kids and Fred Rogers Productions on this project inspired by my own childhood,” Manzano, who created the series. “Alma’s way is to think things through, and I hope by animating the thought process, kids will be inspired and excited about what goes on in their own minds. I want them to know we all have the power to think regardless of who we are.”

Alma's Way

Currently in-production, Alma’s Way will feature 40 half-hour episodes of adventures with Alma, her friends and family. The series will also highlight different aspects of Latino culture – from music, food, language and more.

“We can’t wait for kids to meet Alma. She’s an optimistic and confident Puerto Rican girl who models for viewers how to think their way through any dilemma,” said Ellen Doherty, Chief Creative Officer, Fred Rogers Productions. “The show is funny, warm, and relatable. We love how it showcases the diversity of New York City, too, and authentically reflects the cultures of all the characters.”

Alma’s Way is produced by Fred Rogers Productions with Manzano and Doherty serving as executive producers. Jorge Aguirre is the series head writer. Pipeline Studios animates the series.

Sesame Street’s “The Voice” Spoof Features an Aguilera Puppet

Christina Aguilera is getting puppified

The 31-year-old half-Ecuadorian songstress and The Voice coach will appear on Sesame Street next season… in puppet form.

The Voice Coaches

The long-running PBS children’s television series will present a spoof on NBC’s singing competition when it returns to this fall.

A new clip shows Aguilera, her fellow coaches Cee Lo Green and Blake Shelton sitting in The Voice’s signature red rotating chairs.

Christina Aguilera Puppet

“Finally, a singing competition that’s entirely about your voice, no distractions and no cheap gimmicks,” says puppet-Carson Daly, before being hit by the rotating chair.

The puppets for Aguilera, Green, Shelton and Daly are pretty spot-on, with Aguilera glammed up in a sparkly dress and Green holding his pet cat.

No word on why a puppet of fourth Voice coach, Maroon 5 lead singer Adam Levine, isn’t featured in the spoof.

NBC’s The Voice, which recently received its first Emmy nomination, will return for its third season on Monday, September 10 at 8 pm ET. Meanwhile,  Sesame Street returns for its 43rd season on September 24 on PBS Kids.