Mirtha Legrand returns to television: the preparations and her arrival at the studio to participate in the special program with Juana Viale

Mirtha Legrand leaves her apartment heading to Estudio Mayor (Photo: Gustavo Gavotti)
Mirtha Legrand leaves her apartment heading to Estudio Mayor (Photo: Gustavo Gavotti)

This 2020 -which will be (badly) remembered forever- he could not say goodbye without Mirtha Legrand will return to the site that corresponds to him in his own right: in his mesaza, from where it became the most important reference in the history of Argentine television. As for half a century, this year had begun with the diva at the forefront of its programs in The thirteen. But the pandemic changed plans. And he had to take shelter in his home, protecting himself from the contagion of coronavirus. Her granddaughter, Juan Avenue, managed to replace it with solvency.

Dense, hermetic, endless: the months went by. Nine, more precisely. And finally, this Saturday, December 19, the long-awaited return will take place: Legrand will be in a special edition of The Night of Mirtha, recorded in the afternoon to be broadcast at 9:30 p.m. Will do it like star guest on her own cycle.

From the window of her apartment on Avenida del Libertador, the driver could see the sign of the public thoroughfare, placed on Germany Square, announcing the great event: “She comes back”, it is read, printed on the figure of Juana on the table of his grandmother, and with those blue eyes, which so captivated in the cinema, watching from behind. There is not a single mention more. It doesn’t need to.

The posters with his television return were placed in the City of Buenos Aires days ago;  one of them is right in front of your apartment
The posters with his television return were placed in the City of Buenos Aires days ago; one of them is right in front of your apartment

On Saturday morning Legrand got ready – slowly but surely – to address Major Study, from where the cycle is broadcast, and occupy your usual dressing room, duly disinfected. His grandson, Nacho Avenue, producer of the cycle and in charge of the return operation, devised a health bubble to minimize the risks of contagion. This is how all the people who -for technical reasons- will have close contact with Chiquita, were swabbed. And the number of attendees to the program was limited to its least expression.

“I feel weird! Yes, very strange – he had exclusively told Teleshow-. But hey, I’m really looking forward to the show. Eagerly. And I’m very optimistic, because I know we are going to do a nice job with Juana”. Around 12.30, already made up and combed (by her stylists, Lia Sanchez and Gladis andrade), and seconded by custodians of a private security company, Legrand left her building -for the departure of Scalabrini Ortiz- in the Mercedes Benz driven by your driver. At that time her granddaughter was already waiting for her in the television studio.

Héctor Vidal Rivas, his historical assistant, enters the building where Mirtha lives
Héctor Vidal Rivas, his historical assistant, enters the building where Mirtha lives
Make way: Mirtha's Mercedes Benz, heading to the studio
Make way: Mirtha’s Mercedes Benz, heading to the studio
Always a diva: Mirtha and a chinstrap that matches her outfit
Always a diva: Mirtha and a chinstrap that matches her outfit

Saturday, December 19, 1:15 p.m.: to keep in books. Because exactly at that moment Mirtha Legrand set foot in a television studio again. At that time he arrived at Estudio Mayor, located in Ravignani and Cabrera, Palermo. And just like he did when he left his building, he did not get out of the car. And he avoided – beyond the cordial greeting for the photographer of Teleshow– talk to the press, a healthy habit that he always maintained throughout his career. But the present is different, and this refusal is both expected and appropriate: it is another of the sanitary measures planned to protect your health.

Nacho Viale was waiting for her there, but also Adrian Suar, Program Manager for El Trece, and Pablo Codevilla, Content manager of the channel.

The desired moment: Mirtha enters the Estudio Mayor (Photos: Adrián Escandar)
The desired moment: Mirtha enters the Estudio Mayor (Photos: Adrián Escandar)
Nacho Viale, who prepared a detailed operation, receives Mirtha
Nacho Viale, who prepared a detailed operation, receives Mirtha
Adrián Suar and Pablo Codevilla, present at Estudio Mayor: they went to greet Chiquita, the great star of El Trece
Adrián Suar and Pablo Codevilla, present at Estudio Mayor: they went to greet Chiquita, the great star of El Trece

What will be seen tonight? Mirtha will wear a design of Claudio Cosano, who sent her four wardrobe options for the diva to choose. Juana, for her part, will wear a creation of Gino Bogani. His grandchildren prepared several surprises for him. By case, Nelly trenti, the announcer who accompanied her for so many years, will once again present the program. And then the Legrand will go on the air, with no idea how much it was missed …

Mirtha Legrand, finishing recording Saturday's program (Photo: @adrianpalla)
Mirtha Legrand, finishing recording Saturday’s program (Photo: @adrianpalla)

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