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'Sábado Gigante' is not just an enduring TV show, but a world of its own
'Sábado Gigante' is not just an enduring TV show, but a world of its own

A moment of silence, un minuto de silencio, for "Sábado Gigante," the Spanish-language variety show that, it has just been announced, will end its 53-year run this September. Let me take that back. It would be more appropriate to the raucous spirit of the show, with its unique, durably antique mix of games, sketches, audience participation, celebrity interviews and scantily clad young women, to strike up the band, to cue applause, klaxons, gongs, crazy laughter, screams, cheers, balloons and confetti. And it is leaving not on its hands and knees, but while still champ -- not kicked from the air after a long diminishing slide, but as a still-conquering force in its...

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