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Sonia Manzano will not be on Sesame Street after Season 45

Discussion in 'Sesame Street' started by vettech28, Jun 30, 2015.

  1. vettech28

    vettech28 Well-Known Member

  2. Oscarfan

    Oscarfan Well-Known Member

    That's too bad. She was great in everything; she could be silly, but smug and smart as a whip. And a pretty good singer too. Can't say this is a surprise; Maria's barely been used lately at all.

    It seems Luis will still be around though, to operate his bike shop.
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  3. sesamemuppetfan

    sesamemuppetfan Well-Known Member

    So now we know what @SpinneyBigBird1 was talking about with there being a shake-up in the human cast this upcoming season.
  4. Drtooth

    Drtooth Well-Known Member

    You have to admit, when it comes to Sesame Street, it's amazing how many cast members stayed on for as long as they did. We have to remember that these aren't just actors, but people. Sometimes they just have to move on, as is natural. There are those who just don't want to be tied down to something forever, and those who feel that they've done quite enough and would like to retire.

    She will be missed, even though we all missed her in recent episodes.
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  5. tutter_fan

    tutter_fan Well-Known Member

    I for one think we should wait & see if she has a twitter account. Then we'll know for sure if she's leaving or not.
  6. charlietheowl

    charlietheowl Well-Known Member

    40-something years is a long time to stay at one job, and she was a huge part of the show for a lot of that time. She definitely was good at physical comedy bits, like the Charlie Chaplin skits. I wish her the best in whatever she chooses to do next.
  7. D'Snowth

    D'Snowth Well-Known Member

    I did not see this coming. When it was reported that there was a "shake-up" among the human cast, my thought was regarding either Roscoe Orman and/or Dr. Loretta Long, considering that Gordon and Susan don't even live in their own apartment anymore (but then again, neither does Bob, and we know he's still on the show so far).

    I'm curious, though, as to how we're losing Sonia, yet keeping Emilio? How are they going to explain this? Maria and Luis's evolving love story was a huge deal for the show, we watched the whole cycle from them falling in love, to getting married, to having Gabi . . . I'd hate to think they're going to divorce Maria and Luis, but maybe they just won't have any explanation. Still seems odd to lose one and keep the other. Then again, we don't see Susan hardly anymore.
  8. cahuenga

    cahuenga Well-Known Member

    Susan its like an extra on the show...except for season 42 when she had several lines in 4 episodes, all her appearances since season 39 are just with one line of dialogue..or none...
  9. antsamthompson9

    antsamthompson9 Well-Known Member

    Just wanna say the story is trending on Facebook. Here's my message I put on Facebook: Since it's trending, I might as well say it now: Sonia Manzano, who played Maria on Sesame Street is leaving the show. I'll miss you as Maria, Sonia. I wish you the best.
  10. sesamemuppetfan

    sesamemuppetfan Well-Known Member

    So, is she officially retiring (which I wouldn't be surprised about), or just leaving SS?
  11. Cookie Chris

    Cookie Chris Well-Known Member

    I just found out the news, and Variety is confirming Manzano's departure. While Maria has hardly been used in the recent seasons because of Chris and the younger cast members, I thank Mrs. Manzano for the memories, teaching us the alphabets and numbers, and portraying a positive Hispanic American when outside of Desi Arnaz on I Love Lucy, they were not commonly seen on television.
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  12. sesamemuppetfan

    sesamemuppetfan Well-Known Member

    Never mind. I just went on Facebook and got the full scoop via several links.
  13. CherryPizza

    CherryPizza Well-Known Member

    The saddest thing about it is that it's nowhere near as sad as it should be. Since the 1990s, the human cast has been increasingly sidelined in favour of gimmicky formats and Muppet material, and young viewers barely have the chance to get to know the humans. Granted, Maria has had more airtime than the other old-time cast members (possibly due to Sonia writing herself into the show more, possibly due to the reality of the ageing cast's availability), but I just don't see how any of the adults would even need a story or explanation for their departure these days.

    Sadly, we are long past the era when Will Lee's death led to the greatest, most poignant, most memorable moment in SS history. I can only wonder how may preschoolers even know who Susan and Bob are now. Even though the long-serving cast members have every reason to phase themselves out of the show as they progress in life, are the newer, younger human cast members ever going to have the same significance as the core cast had back in 'the day'?

    Yes, I'll be sorry to see Sonia go, but I've been sorrier for a good couple of decades to see the camaraderie from the show's golden era decline.
  14. Drtooth

    Drtooth Well-Known Member

    Actually, I'd say that this is almost not surprising if you think about it. Her presence in the show was starting to diminish anyway. That can't be a coincidence. While I don't think the casting call that gave us Mando was an intentional replacement of Maria, it's clear they wanted a younger Latino human character as a just in case one of the cast members who were on the show longer wanted to retire. Strange though that they gave her an important role on the show only to utilize it in one more episode and do nothing with it. Sounds like that might be the reason why. If not, that is a big coincidence. I could see them keeping Luis simply by having Maria referred to but never actually being shown on screen. Like Maris.

    I believe that SW knows that not every cast member wants to be on the show forever, and that's partially the reason for the shift to younger cast members like Chris and Leela. That said, it's not like age has much to do with cast members leaving. There's a LOT of temporary cast members that lasted only a couple years. Like Gedde Watanabe in his least culturally insensitive 1980's Japanese guy role (kinda makes me guilty to still find "SUPPLIES!!!" and "YOU SO STUPEED!" from UHF funny. Who am I kidding? UHF is awesome).
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  15. BuddyBoy600alt

    BuddyBoy600alt Well-Known Member

    Yes, She is officially retiring from the show.
  16. Stulz

    Stulz Well-Known Member

  17. Erine81981

    Erine81981 Well-Known Member

    I saw it on Good Morning America and couldn't see it happening. Good to know that she would consider coming back for 50th and a appearances ever now and then. Going to miss that face around the street. I wonder how Big Bird or Oscar will take it or even the other neighbors. It would be pretty cool to see an episode about Maria leaving for a long time or even knowing she would be back later on.

    But I am happy she is finally getting a rest and hoping for the best of her. We love you Sonia Manzano! Keep up the good work and hope to get to see you soon in person (if I ever get to) or on screen.
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  18. Duke Remington

    Duke Remington Well-Known Member

    She'll be missed... :(
  19. GonzoLeaper

    GonzoLeaper Well-Known Member

    Wow......It's hard to imagine Sesame Street without Maria- she has been such a mainstay over the years- especially with her repartee with Oscar:grouchy: and her mother-like friendship to Big Bird. Maria has long been one of my favorite characters of the human characters (well, I love all of them of course.) Sonia Manzano will definitely be missed on the show:(:sympathy: but she does deserve to enjoy her retirement. Congratulations to her for 45 years at the same job! That's a huge rarity in today's world.:wisdom:
    On a more practical side, I wonder what this will mean for Emilio Delgado's involvement, if anything. I suppose Luis can still show up and just mention that Maria is doing something at home or such like that.
    It will be different, but I am glad to hear that Sonia is open to doing guest appearances here and there still.
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  20. aebthegofer

    aebthegofer Well-Known Member

    We'll miss you, Sonia! Thanks for all the wonderful childhood memories you gave me!:p:(:wisdom::grouchy::insatiable::super::batty::search::laugh:


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