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‘Sabado Gigante,’ the World’s Longest-Running TV Variety Show, Says Adios

18 September 2015 10:00 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Jon Stewart, David Letterman, Craig Ferguson and Jay Leno have all left their long-running late-night perches. And now Mario Kreutzberger (known by his stage name Don Francisco), the Chilean-born creator and host of Univision’s Saturday night extravaganza “Sabado Gigante” (“Giant Saturday”), is signing off for the last time on Sept. 19 when the show’s record-breaking 53-year reign as the longest-running TV show in the world comes to an end.

The variety format show, which launched in Chile in 1962 before expanding Stateside, features a frenetic mix of contests, sing-alongs, and music acts, as well as other live entertainment. Details of its three-hour finale (the show’s standard run-time) are still under wraps but it will include highlights of past shows and a constellation of guests, among them celebrated Latin American recording artists Enrique Iglesias, Luis Fonsi, Paulina Rubio and Juanes.

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After 53 Years, It’s Time to Say Good-bye to Univision’s Sábado Gigante

17 April 2015 8:56 AM, PDT | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

Univision's longest-running program, the magically campy variety show Sábado Gigante, will end on September 19 — after airing every Saturday night for the last 53 years. Mario Kreutzberger will officially retire from his "role" as host Don Francisco, after interviewing everyone from Selena to Michelle Obama (not to mention segments like "El Detector De Mentiras," in which Don gives lie-detector tests to cheaters). Good-bye Sábado Gigante! We'll always have this performance of "Gangnam Style":  »

- Lindsey Weber

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Univision’s ‘Sábado Gigante’ To End 53-Year Run In September

17 April 2015 8:35 AM, PDT | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

Univisions’s Sábado Gigante, the longest-running variety series in television history, will end its spectacular 53-year run September 19, the network has announced. Host and creator Don Francisco – real name Mario Kreutzberger – will continue to have a relationship with Univision. In addition to hosting the annual TeletónUSA charity event for disabled children, Kreutzberger will also appear in an unspecified number of special television events, and will contribute to the… »

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Univision Ends ‘Sabado Gigante’ After More Than 53 Years

17 April 2015 8:20 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

After more than 53 years, the Univision program “Sábado Gigante” will end on Sept. 19, the Spanish-language broadcaster announced Friday.

The variety show, which stars Mario Kreutzberger (known on the show as Don Francisco), launched in 1962 on Chile’s Channel 13 and has routinely been one of the most-watched show among Hispanics.

“During my 40 years in the industry I have met few people with the same energy, creativity and passion for television and the audience as Mario, and I join in celebrating him and his team at ‘Sabado Gigante’ for the great success and the milestones achieved in broadcast television,” said Randy Falco, president and CEO of Univision Communications Inc. “Mario is an important part of the Univision family, and his knowledge of the industry and commitment to innovation will help us to continue defining the future of the media industry.”

Kreutzberger will continue contributing to the Univision Network with new projects and »

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Sábado Gigante to End in September

17 April 2015 8:19 AM, PDT | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

Millions of gente are going to have to find some other way to fill their Saturday nights: Sábado Gigante is coming to a close.

The long-running, Spanish-language variety series hosted by a man calling himself Don Francicso will broadcast its final episode on Sept. 19, the Miami Herald reported Friday.

Don Francisco (whose real name is Mario Kreutzberger) will discuss the series’ cancellation during this Saturday’s broadcast. The network declined to comment to the Herald about the reasons behind the show’s ending.

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