It wouldn't have been possible for the PBS series "Latino Americans" to have been made without mentioning the Central Valley. The documentary series, which began Tuesday on KVPT (Channel 18.1), chronicles the history and experiences of Latinos from farming to politics.
Additional episodes of "Latino Americans" will air at 8 p.m. on Sept. 24 and Oct. 1. It's also being broadcast in Spanish on Vme, KVPT (Channel 18.3), on six consecutive Fridays beginning Friday.
Episode five, "Prejudice and Pride," will be of particular interest in the Valley. It focuses on labor leaders organizing farmworkers in California and includes an interview with 2012 Presidential Medal of Freedom recipient Dolores Huerta, who in the 1960s co-founded with César Chávez the National Farm Workers Association that later became United Farm Workers of America.
Also included in the series are interviews with Mexican-American author and commentator Linda Chávez, who became the highest-ranking woman in the Reagan White House, and actress Rita Moreno.
"Latino Americas in the Central Valley" will be presented as a community screening event at 4:30 p.m. Sept. 29 at the Tower Theatre. The special guest will be Ray Telles, producer of episode six of the series. Free tickets can be picked up at the KVPT offices, 1544 Van Ness Ave.
It only takes a few minutes listening to Paul Loeffler announce a Fresno State football or men's basketball game to know that he brings a deep passion and professionalism to the job. He brings that same quality to his weekly radio program "Hometown Heroes," which shines a spotlight on World War II veterans.
The radio feature goes beyond work for Loeffler. It's a project that has touched his heart. That's why he is working so hard on the Central Valley Honor Flight, a newly formed hub of a national nonprofit organization dedicated to flying World War II veterans to Washington, D.C., to see their memorial, which was completed in 2004. The first chartered flight with 75 local veterans and their volunteer guardians will take off Oct. 29.
Loeffler is trying to draw attention to a local screening of the documentary "Honor Flight: One Last Mission," which will be screened at the Golden Eagle Arena at West Hills College in Lemoore on Sept. 24. All proceeds from the event go toward funding the flights.
"When they premiered it in Milwaukee, they drew 35,000 people to the Brewers' ballpark. We're not trying to get that big of a crowd, but we are hoping to pack the arena," Loeffler says.
There's a VIP dinner at 5:30 p.m. for $100 per person. If you only want to see the movie, the screening starts at 7 p.m and has a suggested donation of $10. Guest speaker will be Congressman David Valadao.
For more information, call (559) 779-9691.
"Hometown Heroes" can be heard at 1 p.m. Saturdays on KMJ (AM 580/FM 105.9) plus Bakersfield's KNZR (AM 1560/FM 97.7) and KVEC (AM 920) in San Luis Obispo.
The face is familiar
Visalia native Patrick Gorman played the Rev. Alfred Knapp in the opening episode of the new Fox series "Sleepy Hollow" that debuted Monday night. If you missed the debut, the episode will be repeated at 9 p.m. Friday on KMPH (Channel 26.1).
The guest-starring role is the latest addition to Gorman's long list of TV and film acting credits that date back to the 1975 film "Three Days of the Condor." He began his professional career as a dancer.
Not their year
None of the locals nominated for Emmys this year got to pick up awards during the "Creative Arts Emmys" ceremonies Sunday.
Fresno's Colin Feist was in the running for two awards. The compositing supervisor was part of the creative team behind the Netflix series "Hemlock Grove," which was up for Outstanding Special Visual Effects. He also was part of the team that picked up a nod in the Outstanding Special Visual Effects In A Supporting Role division for work on the first episode of the NBC series "Revolution."
It also was a bad night for Hanford High graduate J.G. Quintel, who lost in the Outstanding Animated Program division for his Cartoon Network program "Regular Show: The Christmas Special" and in the Outstanding Short-format Animated Program category for his "Regular Show" episode "A Bunch Of Full Grown Geese."
Finally, former Fresno State athlete Dot Jones lost in the Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series category. The "Glee" actor was beaten by Melissa Leo on "Louie."
-- "Valley's Gold," a weekly series that takes a behind-the-scenes look at the economic engine that drives the Central Valley, has started airing at 7 p.m. Wednesdays on KVPT (Channel 18.1). The program repeats at 6:30 Saturdays and 10:30 a.m. Sundays.
Topics in the first 13 episodes include grapes, peaches, tomatoes, figs, Fresno State's farm and ice cream, almonds, pistachios, cotton and more.
-- Auditions for next year's "America's Got Talent" will begin Oct. 26 in Miami. If you have a talent that you believe can win you $1 million, the closest tryouts will be Feb. 8-9 in Los Angeles at the Biltmore Hotel.
For updates, registration forms, audition tips, venue information and to submit an online audition, go to AGTAuditions.com.
-- The San Joaquin Memorial Panthers will host the Garces Memorial Rams in Holy Bowl XLVIII to be televised at 7:30 p.m. Saturday by KNXT (Channel 49.1) and the Community Media Access Collaborative. The local football teams will battle for the Bishop's Cup.
-- AMC will add a companion series to its original drama "The Walking Dead" in 2015. Robert Kirkman, Gale Anne Hurd and David Alpert are on board as executive producers. No details of what the show will be about have been released.
TV and movie critic Rick Bentley can be reached at (559) 441-6355, firstname.lastname@example.org or @RickBentley1 on Twitter. Read his blog at fresnobeehive.com.