There must be something in the Central Valley's water.
Another contestant from the area will appear on a romance reality show. Lindzi Cox, a 27-year-old from Clovis, is one of the 25 young women who will try to win the heart of Ben Flajnik on the next season of "The Bachelor," set to start at 8 p.m. Jan. 2.
Cox didn't return calls asking about her participation, which is not a big surprise. Contestants on these kind of shows are under strict rules not to reveal anything that happens. And, if you believe the many websites that follow reality shows such as "The Bachelor," Cox has a lot to talk about. Rumor has it that she makes it to the final four. (Keep in mind, those are unofficial websites and may be completely off the mark. It also should be noted that her name is spelled Lindsey on some sites, but ABC's official release spells her name Lindzi.)
Here's what we know. Cox attended California State University, Fresno, where she majored in public relations. She was a member of the school's equestrian team, with a speciality in English and Western riding. While in high school, she was the 2001 United States Equestrian Association Young Rider National Champion and the 2001 Area VII Young Rider of the Year.
Cox arrives on horseback in the first episode -- one way to get Flajnik's attention.
You might remember Flajnik, a 29-year-old winemaker from Sonoma, who was one of the rejects on the latest edition of "The Bachelorette." He gets to send seven hopefuls packing with the first rose ceremony.
The appearance by Cox on the show continues a romantic connection between the Central San Joaquin Valley and the ABC shows. Buchanan High School graduate Ryan Park was one of 25 bachelors who tried to win the hand of Ashley Hebert earlier this year on "The Bachelorette." He only made it to the final six. Kasey Kahl, an advertising account executive from Clovis, was one of 25 suitors on the sixth edition of the reality show that aired in 2010. He was sent packing by Ali Fedotowsky.
Local channel changes
Several changes are being made that affect television stations in the Cocola Broadcasting group.
KJEO (Channel 32.1), seen on Comcast Cable Channel 187, will switch programming starting Jan. 1. The switch is being made because the Universal Sports channel lineup that has been airing on KJEO is going from an over-the-air service to cable and satellite only.
The Universal Sports programming will be replaced by The eScapes TV Network. The channel, billed as "Television you never want to turn off," shows 15-minute episodes, shot by video artists around the globe, that uses minimal editing to showcase cityscapes, lighthouses, ships at sea, tropical beaches and other landscapes.
There is no word whether KJEO will remain on Comcast or will be switched out because of the programming change.
The other bit of news from Cocola is that Hmong TV USA began telecasting on KVHF (Channel 4.5) on Monday. This is the second Hmong TV channel for the San Joaquin Valley. It joins KJEO (Channel 32.6), which started showing Hmong programming in September 2010. This new channel is only available via antenna.
Step lively: Tryouts for MTV's "Randy Jackson Presents America's Best Dance Crew" will be held Jan. 28 in Los Angeles. Top hip-hop dance crews will have the chance to showcase their moves to casting directors for the chance to become America's next best dance crew.
Crews can get more information or register at ABDCCasting.com or e-mail ABDC@mtv.com.
TV and movie critic Rick Bentley can be reached at email@example.com or (559) 441-6355. Read his blog at fresnobeehive.com.