The End of an Era: Broadcast Net Pulls the Plug on the Longest-Running Variety Show in TV History

Apr 17, 2015  •  Post A Comment

A television program that has been airing since 1962 has been canceled. After 53 years on the air, “Sabado Gigante” will wrap it up in September, Univision announced.

The Spanish-language program, hosted by Chilean TV star Mario Kreutzberger — who goes by Don Francisco on the program — is said to be the longest-running variety show in history. The show first launched on Canal 13 in Chile.

Univision anounced today that the show will end its run Sept. 19, Variety reports. Kreutzberger will reportedly stay with Univision to host specials and explore new projects.

Said Randy Falco, president and CEO of Univision Communications: “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.”

“Sabado Gigante” translates to “Gigantic Saturday.”

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  1. Oh no! I got through high school Spanish watching Sabado Gigante!! A true television institution.

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