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.