Josh Figgs, a 1998 Clovis West graduate, has picked up his first Emmy nomination as one of the producers of ABC's "Dancing With the Stars." The series is nominated in the Outstanding Reality Competition Program category.
"I was at home and woke up because of an e-mail on my Blackberry from a fellow producer. I just sat there and let out a scream to celebrate," Figgs says.
Had Figgs' post-high school plans gone the way he expected, he would be up for a medical award instead of the top honor in TV. He left Fresno to attend UC San Diego and planned to become a doctor. He realized his junior year that medicine wasn't the right career for him, so he switched to the business program.
Two weeks before he picked up his college diploma, Figgs landed a job working on the reality show "Average Joe."
One job has lead to another. He's worked as a casting director or producer on "The Bachelor," "Three Wishes" and "Big Brother." While waiting for the next season of "Dancing With the Stars" to start, Figgs is a producer on the syndicated version of "Don't Forget the Lyrics."
Figgs has been with "Dancing" for seven seasons. His Emmy nomination is for the ninth and 10th seasons of "Dancing." On the ninth
season, he dealt with all of the live acts on the Tuesday results show.
"I was responsible for coming up with ideas for the live performances. Let's say Alicia Keyes was going to perform. We would decide the performance should feel really urban, so I would get a choreographer who could pull that off," Figgs says.
His duties increased for the 10th season. He was responsible for all of the pre-taped segments on the results show, which ranged from the recap of the previous night's shown to writing comedy bits.
Figgs worked on everything from the idea to execution of the segments, which often meant working long and late hours to get everything ready before the telecast.
"The 62nd Primetime Emmy Awards" is Aug. 29. Other shows in the category include "American Idol," "The Amazing Race," "Project Runway" and "Top Chef."
The online show launched in February by former KMPH (Channel 26.1) anchor John Malos on centralvalleytalk.com is expanding.
Starting Monday, "Straight Talk with John Malos" goes from airing twice a week to daily broadcasts from 2 to 4 p.m. on the website, which is simulcast on KSDI (Channel 33.1).
The website was created by Mike Briggs, a former member of the Fresno City Council and the state Assembly, and features several locally produced talk shows.
"The show will be revamped from the straight interview format to more of a news/talk format. John will continue to have guests. And phone calls from listeners will become an important part of the show," Briggs says.
Beginning in August, "Malos in the Morning" will air at 10 a.m. weekdays. It'll be a review of the day's news and events.
Jason Stansell also has been hired to read the news during the Malos show and in other programming.
Drive safely: Lauren Fix, The Car Coach seen on a variety of network and cable programs, will host a "Teen Car Care Clinic" from 12:30 to 2 p.m. today at the Fresno Boys & Girls Club, 540 N. Augusta St.
The clinic gives participants the chance to learn how to properly perform important tests and vehicle checks.