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Rita Moreno: ‘Nina’s World’ Children’s Show Reflects True Diversity

Rita Moreno: I turn into a cartoon for new show ‘Nina’s World’ 2:56

Diversity is a considerable factor in the latest fall lineup of television shows. The focus of the new show "Nina's World," airing on the Sprout Network, shows children the different perspectives in a very multicultural world.

Nina’s World is an animated prequel to "The Good Night Show" featuring Nina as a six-year-old girl. The show centers on Nina, who is Mexican American and lives in a vibrant multicultural neighborhood with her Mami, Papi, and Abuelita, who is voiced by other than the legendary Rita Moreno.

Moreno who is no stranger to working on children’s television shows played many characters on The Electric Company.

On the "Today" show, Moreno described it as a great show due to its authenticity.

"It takes diversity to a new level," said Moreno. She says the show has a character who is deaf, and it's voiced by a boy who is deaf in real life. The show also shows families from different nationalities.

“What sparked me to come back to children’s television is the very idea that we are now including the world and many cultures into this series,” Moreno said at a voice recording. “Sprout now has included in the most fabulous way the Latino community but not just the Latino community, a community of diverse nationalities in which everyone relates to each other in a friendly and warm way which is just marvelous.”

Moreno’s character will help Nina navigate childhood and learn about her culture.

Tony and Emmy Award winner Mandy Patinkin will lend his voice to the character of Mr. Lambert, the friendly community librarian. Patinkin’s character plays a crucial role inspiring Nina and her friends to read and embrace the arts.

Michele Lepe who plays the role of Nina on “The Good Night Show” will voice the character of Mami and newcomer Isabella Farrier will voice the role of young Nina.

Nina’s World will have a multilingual component that incorporates English, Spanish, and American Sign Language.

Nina’s World will premiere on Sept. 26 at 7pET on the Sprout network.

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