TV Academy hall of fame identifies newest recipients

Chilean television host Don Francisco (Mario Kreutzberger) poses after a star was unveiled for him on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in Los Angeles, 08 June 2001. Don Francisco hosts Spanish television's 'Sabado Gigante.'
Chilean television host Don Francisco (Mario Kreutzberger) poses after a star was unveiled for him on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in Los Angeles, 08 June 2001. Don Francisco hosts Spanish television's 'Sabado Gigante.' Lucy Nicholson/AFP/Getty Images

One of the world’s most popular variety show hosts and the creator of this country’s top-rated sitcom are the newest members of the Television Academy’s hall of fame.

Every week, Don Francisco presides over “Sabado Gigante” – Giant Saturday. It’s a three-hour Spanish-language extravaganza of celebrity interviews, sketch comedy, travelogue and musical performance. It’s one of the most widely-watched programs on the planet, counting one hundred million regular viewers in dozens of countries.

Chilean-born Don Francisco – whose real name is Mario Kreutzberger – enters the hall of fame alongside sitcom producer Chuck Lorre of “Two-and-a-Half Men,” “The Big Bang Theory” and “Mike and Molly.”

Former Walt Disney CEO Michael Eisner and Sherman Hemsley, the movin’-on-up dry cleaning magnate George Jefferson from “The Jeffersons” are also on the list.

The Academy of Television Arts and Sciences will honor these and other creative contributors during a March first ceremony at the Beverly Hills Hotel.

With contributions by Cheryl Devall

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