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

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

“We want to do something very special, something very meaningful
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After 53 Years, It’s Time to Say Good-bye to Univision’s Sábado Gigante

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After 53 Years, It’s Time to Say Good-bye to Univision’s Sábado Gigante
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":
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Univision’s ‘Sábado Gigante’ To End 53-Year Run In September

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

Univision Ends ‘Sabado Gigante’ After More Than 53 Years
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

Sábado Gigante to End in September
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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For the uninitiated,
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Sabado Gigante Turns 50

Sabado Gigante Turns 50
It’ll be a special “Sábado Gigante” tonight.

Univision’s variety show celebrates its 50th anniversary Saturday. The three-hour show has aired continuously since 1962, when its iconic host “Dan Francisco” launched it as “Sábados Gigantes” in Chile -- earning it’s place as the longest-running television show in the Guiness Book of World Records. Univision acquired the program in 1986 and brought it to Miami.

For the uninitiated, NPR’s Mandalit del Barco proffered a good description of the cooky program:

For half a century, Sábado Gigante has been a raucous romp, with hours and hours of musical guests and dancers. It's a variety show; it's a talk show; it's a game show. Think Price Is Right meets American Idol meets The Gong Show. Francisco has his regular sidekicks, like "La Cuatro," who gets slapped for being naughty and sings very badly, and a masked character known as "El Chacal," the jackal.
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“Sabado Gigante” celebrates 50th anniversary Oct. 27 on Univision

Certified by the Guinness Book of World Records as the longest-running variety show in television history, Univision’s Sábado Gigante began in 1962 on a Chilean TV network, created and hosted by Mario Kreutzberger (better known as “Don Francisco”), and eventually became an international hit. Sabado Gigante will be celebrating its milestone 50th anniversary with a special programming event this Saturday, Oct. 27, on Univision. The four hours of festivities are set to begin at 7pm Et with a red-carpet broadcast covering the arrivals of international stars and Univision personalities attending the anniversary gala. This portion of the show will be hosted [...]
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Telemundo makes deal for own 'Deal'

Telemundo makes deal for own 'Deal'
Telemundo said Tuesday during its upfront presentation that the new programming on its 2006-07 schedule will include a telenovela featuring the character of Zorro. It also has scheduled a Spanish-language version of the hit game show Deal or No Deal and a variety show designed to compete with Univision's long-running Sabado Gigante on Saturday nights. Telemundo executives are hoping to build on a recent ratings turnaround, citing eight consecutive months of year-to-year growth.

CBS signs discoveries Diaz, Colon

CBS signs discoveries Diaz, Colon
CBS has inked talent holding deals with Latina actresses Lourdes Colon and Veronica Diaz, both discovered in CBS' second Latino/Hispanic Talent Showcase in October, which the network held in association with the Nosotros organization, SAG and AFTRA. The network will try to cast the two actresses in pilots targeted for fall. Colon's performance at the showcase already earned her a guest spot on CBS' drama Without a Trace. She is repped by manager Stacey Pokluda at Hype Entertainment and Jim Kellem at JKA Talent & Literary Agency. CBS vp casting Fern Orenstein called Diaz "a unique talent that can work successfully in a drama or comedy." Argentina-born Diaz has a background in acting, singing and dancing. Her first high-profile gig after relocating to Miami was on Univision's top-rated variety show Sabado Gigante. Her credits also include the indie Vatos. Diaz is repped by David Feldman of Bloom, Hergot & Diemer and managers Vince Lazzo and Armando Trejo of Conquest Talent Entertainment.

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