Newswire: Sabado Gigante is ending after 53 years

Sabado Gigante, the variety show that has entertained Spanish-speaking audiences for 53 years (and bemused English-speaking ones), is ending its increíble run, Univision announced today. The series—the longest-running variety show in TV history—has aired without fail across 3,000 Saturday nights full of zany comedy sketches, lavish musical numbers, wacky hats, and scantily clad dancers. And now it all comes to an end this September 19. Saturdays thereafter will be just a little less gigantic.

Impressively, all of those Saturdays have been overseen by the same host, Chilean ringmaster Don Francisco, whose real name is the far less zippy Mario Kreutzberger. Beginning in 1962 under the name Show Dominical, Kreutzberger’s program combined his love of many different types of talk and variety shows from the U.S. and South America into one enormous, erratic spectacle. It quickly became a hit in Chile, moved to Saturdays (and underwent …

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