Leading U.S. Hispanic net Univision is jumping into the latenight arena, tapping Latino thesp Cristian de la Fuente to host “Ay, que noche!” (Oh, What a Night).
New format, which debuts early next year, will feature stage acts, celebrity interviews, man-on-the-street segments and Latin musical acts.
With this new show, Univision hopes to redefine latenight programming on Spanish-language television, much as it did for the morning daypart when it launched its successful “Despierta America.”
“I also plan to incorporate some elements of ‘Saturday Night Live,’ ” de la Fuente told Daily Variety.
De la Fuente was chosen after an extensive search by Univision. He has starred in pics including “Basic,” “Driven” and “Vampires: Los Muertos.” He also appears on Univision daytime telenovela “Sonar no cuesta nada.”
Thesp, a former pilot in the Chilean air force, was chosen as one of the 50 Most Beautiful People in People (2000) and People en Espanol (1999, 2004, 2005).