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The Fresno Bee, Calif., Rick Bentley column
[September 07, 2011]

The Fresno Bee, Calif., Rick Bentley column

Sep 07, 2011 (The Fresno Bee - McClatchy-Tribune Information Services via COMTEX) -- KGPE (Channel 47.1) is thinking out of the box with its Sunday night newscasts.

Starting Sept. 11, the first 15 minutes of "CBS47 on Your Side at Eleven" will feature the traditional package of news and weather. At 11:15 p.m. things change with a switch to the new "CBS47 Sidelines NFL Report." Sportscasters George Takata and Andrew Marden will host a weekly 15-minute program that recaps action in the NFL. Along with highlights, a "Hometown Hero" segment will spotlight NFL players with ties to the central San Joaquin Valley.

"I have been in other markets where this has been successful. To be honest, news drops off after 15 minutes. We wanted to give viewers something they are not getting somewhere else," says Linda Danna, KGPE vice president and general manager.

The program is scheduled to run 17 weeks and then the newscast will revert to a 30-minute local news program. Danna has not completely ruled out keeping the format to look at basketball or baseball.

KGPE's Sunday night newscast will include only news and weather. The only time a sports story would be included in the 15-minute telecast is if there is some major local connection.

The change at KGPE isn't the only big move in local news, "Action News Live at 4" debuts Monday on KFSN (Channel 30.1). Graciela Moreno and Christine Park will anchor the new one-hour news program with meteorologist Kevin Musso.

Emmy watch Add another name to this year's locals nominated for an Emmy.

Hanford's J.G. Quintel is up for an Emmy in the Outstanding Short-format Animated Program category as executive producer and creator of the animated "Regular Show" on the Cartoon Network.

His competition includes "SpongeBob SquarePants," "Robot Chicken," "Adventure Time" and "Disney Prep & Landing: Operation Secret Santa." His category will be among those handed out at the Creative Arts Awards on Saturday.

After graduating from Hanford High School in 2000, Quintel spent two years at the College of the Sequoias.

Other locals nominated for an Emmy include: Dot-Marie Jones for her appearance as a guest actress on "Glee"; Chris Colfer for acting in a comedy on "Glee"; and Josh Figgs, for producing on "Dancing With The Stars." More options Two more over-the-air channels are about to launch in the Fresno market.

Cool TV has taken over KSDI (Channel 33.4) and bumps the AMG Network to KVHF (Channel 4.4). Cool TV plays music videos.

SADA TV from India launched last week on KSDI (Channel 33.5). The India Channel is being brought to the United States by Jesse Singh, a San Francisco businessman who leased the channel from Cocola Broadcasting.

Other news New shows: KFCF (FM 88.1) will add three new programs to its Sunday night lineup starting Sunday. They include: "Talk It UP!" at 6:30 p.m.; "Twit Wit Radio," 7 p.m.; and "The Week Starts Here," 7:30 p.m.

These changes will be in place for 7-13 weeks and then will be reviewed by the program council.

Cable news: Mnet, a channel devoted to Asian American entertainment, will be added to the Comcast lineup starting Tuesday. It will be available in Fresno, Merced, Los Banos and Visalia.

TV and movie critic Rick Bentley can be reached at [email protected] or (559) 441-6355. Read his blog at

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