Rick Bentley

TV Beat: KAIL rolls out two spooky specials

Halloween comes early on KAIL (Channel 7.1) with two locally produced spooky specials airing this weekend. “Eye on Horror,” at 8 p.m. Sunday, explores several central San Joaquin Valley haunts and offers a sneak peek at the locally produced horror film, “Stricken.” Sharon Kille Jenkins hosts.

It’ll be followed at 9 p.m. by “Hauntings in Central California: The Sierra Sky Ranch” where the Central California Paranormal Investigators look for proof that Sierra Sky Ranch is haunted.

KAIL program director Bob Jenkins says money was raised for the programs because interest in Halloween as a holiday is growing.

“Just look at all of the homes that decorate in spider webs and orange lights. These specials tap into that enthusiasm for the holiday,” he says.

Since the local station produced the first “Eye on Horror” special in 2004, Jenkins has been pressed by viewers for the station to do another.

“Apparently, Central Valley viewers are interested in learning about the spookier things that are happening in their own backyard,” Jenkins says.

NBC has no “Glee”

Just because NBC is having a lousy fall season and the move of Jay Leno to 10 p.m. has been a flop doesn’t mean network executives should show so little class. They nixed plans for the cast of “Glee,” which includes Clovis East graduate Chris Colfer, to sing in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.The New York parade airs on NBC and “Glee” is on Fox.

Don’t weep for the “Glee” as they will sing the national anthem at Game 3 of the World Series currently scheduled for Oct. 31 on Fox.

Other news

*Special honor: Longtime KSEE (Channel 24.1) anchor Stefani Booroojian is being honored by the San Francisco/Northern California chapter of the National Association of Television Arts & Sciences. She’ll be inducted into the organization’s Silver Circle in ceremonies scheduled for Saturday in San Francisco.

The Silver Circle honors individuals who have been in broadcasting for 25 years or more and who have made contributions to Northern California TV for a major part of their careers.

*Special presentation: V-me, the Spanish-language educational channel that airs locally on KVPT (Channel 18.3), will air “Parques Nacionales – La Mejor Idea de America,” the documentary by Ken Burns. The 12 episodes will begin at 8 p.m. Nov. 4. This is the Spanish-language version of the documentary that aired late September and early October on KVPT (Channel 18.1). It looks at national parks from Yosemite to the Grand Canyon.

*Schedule change: The Fresno State University football games scheduled to be broadcast at KAIL (Channel 7.1) on Saturday and Nov. 7 will now be broadcast on an ESPN channel. KAIL has one remaining Fresno State football game on its TV schedule, the Nov. 14 game at Nevada.

*New job: Former KMPH (Channel 26.1) general manager Charlie Pfaff is now a realtor with Fresno’s Keller Williams Westland Realty Market Center. Jack L. Peck replaced Pfaff in March by KMPH’s new owners New World TV Group LLC.

TV and movie critic Rick Bentley can be reached at rbentley@fresnobee.com or (559) 441-6355.