Hello. My name is Holly. I'm part of a team of people who assemble the programming schedule for OETA.
We look at the PBS national schedule, local programs and programs from other stations and distributors. We take in all that information and combine it with Member ballot feedback and viewer suggestions, and at the end of the month, I put together a schedule for each of our four channels.
The following are some notes about upcoming programs, preemptions and other points of interest that viewers might not hear otherwise. I hope you'll find it useful!
Programming Notes 10/25 to 10/31
Written by Holly on Friday October 25, 2013
Friday, October 25
7pm ONR -- A recent swarm of earthquakes in southern Oklahoma prompts new questions about the connection between earthquakes and injection wells… The use of e-cigarettes is surging as Oklahomans try to kick the tobacco habit… Print and broadcast media serving the Latino community expand their influence as Oklahoma’s Hispanic population grows… In a Newsmaker Interview, we discuss how schools and parents can provide skills needed for students to become successful adults… October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. We learn about prevention and efforts to find a cure… We look at new efforts to restore and preserve historic Tulsa neighborhoods… The state of Oklahoma prepares to honor an American literary giant… And, Ted Streuli of The Journal Record reviews the week in business.
9pm RAISIN IN THE SUN REVISITED: THE RAISIN CYCLE AT CENTER STAGE -- The 1959 play "A Raisin in the Sun" is explored and the prequel "Clybourne Park" is highlighted.
Saturday, October 26
7:30am SUNUP -- Visits Cleveland County to discuss wildlife food plots. Also: November precipitation and temps outlook, wheat and canola prices, body condition scores for wheat pasture cattle, saltcedar beetles, wire soldering, cattle market analysis and gluten-free food.
8pm VICTOR BORGE: COMEDY IN MUSIC -- Recently re-discovered funny skits include footage from the Andy Williams Show and Perry Como Show.
Sunday, October 27
11am GALLERY #1403 -- FEEL THE VELVET, BABY! Artist Trent Lawson and BLACK AND WHITE: The Sketches of Charles Keller
11:30am STATELINE #1503 “Frightseeing in Oklahoma” – Investigating the paranormal in Oklahoma and the business and tourism that stems from it.
12:30pm OKLAHOMA FORUM – “Politics and the Media“ – Discussion of politics and the media with the author of the new book, “Informing the News”: Thomas E. Patterson, Bradlee Professor of Government and the Press, Harvard University John F. Kennedy School of Government
6pm MOORE STRONG: THE STORIES OF MAY 20TH -- Hear the stories of the people on the ground just minutes after the tornado struck and see the amazing response from communities across the country.
6:30pm LEST WE FORGET: A SURVIVOR’S STORY -- Traces the life of World War II veteran Gustav Potthoff who was imprisoned in a slave labor camp.
7pm SECRETS OF THE TOWER OF LONDON -- Go behind the ancient walls of this nearly 1000 year-old formidable fortress in the city of London.
8pm MASTERPIECE “The Paradise, Part 4”
9pm MASTERPIECE “Downton Abbey, Series 2, Part 3” – The buzz is getting louder about the next new season, which will premie Sunday, January 5th at 8pm. As in years past, there will be eight parts to the next new season.
Monday, October 28
7am CURIOUS GEORGE: A HALLOWEEN BOO FEST – 60min program, preempts CAT IN THE HAT.
1:30pm CURIOUS GEORGE: A HALLOWEEN BOO FEST – 60min program, preempts PEG+CAT.
9pm INDEPENDENT LENS “The Graduates, Hour One” -- An intimate look at how students and teachers are faring in a stressed public education system. Tonight’s episode is about three girls, including Darlene Bustos from Tulsa. Next week’s episode will focus on three boys.
10pm ROADTRIP NATION – New series on OETA. It follows a group of roadtrippers as they traverse the United States and hear stories of people following their passions and realizing their dreams.
Tuesday, October 29
7pm THE AFRICAN AMERICANS: MANY RIVERS TO CROSS “The Age of Slavery” (Part 2 of 6)
8pm WAR OF THE WORLDS: AMERICAN EXPERIENCE -- With the CBS radio broadcast of Orson Welles' "War of the Worlds" serving as its narrative spine, the film examines the elements that together created one of the biggest mass hysteria events in U.S. history. Public outcry, forever immortalized in thousands of letters written to CBS, the FCC and Mr. Welles himself, are dramatized in on-camera interviews, bringing to life the people who listened that night to the broadcast and thought it was either awfully good fun or the end of the world.
9pm FRONTLINE “The Retirement Gamble” -- Questions are raised about how America's financial institutions protect the savings of individuals.
10pm THE TEACH-IN ON THE GREAT DEPRESSION AND WWII -- Pulitzer Prize-winning authors, David Kennedy and David McCullough, join lead historians at the University of Oklahoma to discuss this crucial period in American history.
Wednesday, October 30
7pm NATURE “Wolverine: Chasing the Phantom” – Explore the secretive world of an efficient and resourceful carnivore as it roams the frozen north.
8pm NOVA “Making Stuff Colder” -- David Pogue explores ultracold physics, cooling a warming planet and cold science innovations.
9pm RAW TO READY “Mack Truck” -- The Mack Pinnacle is a strong, durable and fuel-efficient heavy hauler vital to commerce.
10pm PLAINSPIRITS -- Based upon Beth Cooper's book, Ghosts of Kansas, PLAINSPIRITS features the first-hand paranormal experiences of dozens of Kansans. Each interviewee describes their encounters with inexplicable spiritual activity, ranging from mysterious shadow figures and stirrings in the attic to phantom cigar smoke and baffling piano music. Longtime residents and business owners explain the historical significance of haunted venues,including former funeral parlors, hotels, underground cities and a former governor's mansion.
10:30pm STATELINE “Things That Go Bump in Oklahoma” -- People looking for a good scare helps Oklahoma's economy and tourism.
Thursday, October 31
7am CURIOUS GEORGE: A HALLOWEEN BOO FEST –60min program, preempts CAT IN THE HAT.
1:30pm CURIOUS GEORGE: A HALLOWEEN BOO FEST – 60min program, preempts PEG+CAT.
7pm STATELINE #1503 “Frightseeing in Oklahoma” – Investigating the paranormal in Oklahoma and the business and tourism that stems from it.
9pm DOC MARTIN “Out of the Woods” -- Soon to be married Mark Mylow gets lost in the woods with his best man and receives an adder bite.
O K L A, 7am and 4pm – THINGS THAT GO BUMP IN THE NIGHT – For even more Halloween programming, watch this 60min program to hear New England's most bone-chilling tales of the supernatural and unexplained mysteries.
Programming Notes 10/18 to 10/24
Written by Holly on Friday October 18, 2013
Friday, October 18
7pm ONR – Violence against women is a particular problem in Indian Country. Experts at a national Indian conference discuss ways to deal with the pervasive issue... American Indian leaders discuss ways to help increase the number of Indian elected officials… In a Newsmaker Interview, Oklahoma U.S. Representative Frank Lucas discusses the deal to end the partial shutdown of the federal government and the prospects for the farm bill... Changes are coming for the organization that governs high school sports in the state… As energy evolves in Oklahoma, the industry is becoming more high-tech... Oklahoma is now ranked the 6th largest producer of electricity through wind power, but the growth of the wind industry produces concerns about predicting the weather…Oklahoma book enthusiasts take a small step toward encouraging reading and literacy… The Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame welcomes its newest members… And, Ted Streuli of The Journal Record reviews the week in business.
9pm GREAT PERFORMANCES “40th Anniversary Celebration” -- A stellar roster of diverse alumni share their personal stories of what GREAT PERFORMANCES means to them, including Julie Andrews, Audra McDonald, Don Henley, David Hyde Pierce, Josh Groban, Itzhak Perlman, New York City Ballet's Peter Martins, Patti Austin with Take 6, Met Opera star Elina Garanca and Michael Buble.(90min)
10pm RED GREEN SHOW – will not be seen tonight due to the GP anniversary special. Red Green returns next week.
Saturday, October 19
7:30am SUNUP -- Features an update on the progress of wheat and canola planting. Also: government shutdown, farm bill, Drought Emergency Fund, Mesonet weather, pasture plant species, protein supplement rates, grain market analysis, guide for a hole saw, and another ride with Bullet and the Spirit Rider on the football field on gameday.
8pm HOOTENANNY -- The best performances from early 1960s musical variety series "Hootenanny," featuring Johnny Cash, Judy Collins, the New Christy Minstrels, Jimmie Rodgers, Clara Ward Singers, Trini Lopez, Theodore Bikel, and many major voices in the folk music revival.
12midnight MASTERPIECE “Downton Abbey” – We’ll continue showing a repeat of the new series “Paradise” following the OETA Movie Club, but we’re also going to show the repeats of all the Downton Abbey episodes that are airing late on Sunday nights.
Sunday, October 20
12:30pm OKLAHOMA FORUM – “Oklahoma Energy” -- We discuss recent developments in the Oklahoma oil and natural gas industry with: Larry Grillot, Dean, Mewbourne College of Earth & Energy, University of Oklahoma… Sarah Terry-Cobo, Energy Reporter, The Journal Record… Danny Morgan, Vice-Chair, Oklahoma Energy Resources Board… Russell Evans, Executive Director, Steven C. Agee Economic Research Policy Institute, Oklahoma City University… and Ted Jacobs, Director, Energy Management Center, University of Tulsa
Monday, October 21
9pm INDEPENDENT LENS “The Waiting Room/Let Me Down Easy” -- Highland Hospital in Oakland battles its way through seismic shifts in America's healthcare system. (Paired with the short film, “Let Me Down Easy”)
Tuesday, October 22
7pm AFRICAN AMERICANS: MANY RIVERS TO CROSS (Part 1) -- This six-part series chronicles the full sweep of African American history, from the origins of slavery on the African continent through five centuries of historic events right up to present day. Hosted by Harvard scholar Henry Louis Gates, Jr., and drawing on some of America's top historians and heretofore untapped primary sources, the series guides viewers on a journey across 500 years and two continents to shed new light on the experience of being an African American. Airs Tuesday nights at 7pm through November.
8pm HELD HOSTAGE -- A look at how Al-Qaeda terrorists took control of a gas facility in the Algerian desert in 2013.
9pm FRONTLINE “Hunting the Nightmare Bacteria” -- A look the alarming rise of untreatable infections in hospitals, communities and across the globe.
10pm HARVESTING THE HIGH PLAINS -- Ray Garvey and John Kriss made large-scale wheat farming a success during the Dustbowl in 1933.
Wednesday, October 23
7pm NATURE “Animal Odd Couples” -- Unlikely cross-species relationships, such as a chimp bottle-feeding a tiger cub, are examined.
8pm NOVA “Making Stuff… “ – New episode of the series. Robotic bees, viruses building batteries and more innovations inspired by life itself are explored.
9pm RAW TO READY “Bentley” -- The Bentley Motor Company has built common raw ingredients into their luxurious signature Mulsanne. (This was originally an episode on Komat’su. Some listings still might show that information.)
10pm LAST WILL. & TESTAMENT -- The ongoing debate about the authorship of the works attributed to William Shakespeare is explored.
Thursday, October 24
7pm GALLERY #1403 -- FEEL THE VELVET, BABY! Artist Trent Lawson and BLACK AND WHITE: The Sketches of Charles Keller (Original Airdate October 10, 2013)
9pm DOC MARTIN “The Family Way” -- The doctor is puzzled when his parents, whom he hasn't spoken to in years, make a surprise visit.
Programming Notes 10/11 to 10/17
Written by Holly on Friday October 11, 2013
Friday, October 11
7pm ONR -- Oklahomans eager to enroll in the federal Health Insurance Marketplace hit some snags while applying online… As the government shutdown continues, growing numbers of Oklahomans are feeling the impact… Technology helps an Oklahoma school protect athletes from the risk of permanent brain injury… An Oklahoma college prepares students for environmental jobs at water and wastewater treatment plants… More than 500 attend Governor Fallin’s energy conference to learn about the future of energy in Oklahoma… Despite declining numbers elsewhere, alcohol-related traffic deaths are still high in Oklahoma… It’s not exactly “Velvet Elvis,” but an Oklahoma artist is leading a resurgence of art on velvet… And, Ted Streuli of The Journal Record reviews the week in business.
Saturday, October 12
7:30am SUNUP -- SUNUP travels to northeast Oklahoma to learn about how research, policy changes and mandatory training through the Poultry Waste Management Education program have addressed environmental concerns and helped improve waterways like the Illinois River. Also: poultry litter use as fertilizer for cropland; government shutdown; grain and cattle market analysis; drought; protein supplements and the Rural Economic Outlook Conference.
Sunday, October 13
12:30pm OKLAHOMA FORUM – “Income Inequality” – Discussion of the growing wage and income gap with: Jonathan Willner, Ph.D., Chair, Department of Economics and Finance, Oklahoma City University Meinders School of Business… Fred Morgan, President, State Chamber of Oklahoma… David Blatt, Director, Oklahoma Policy Institute
6pm SPECIAL OLYMPICS OKLAHOMA 2013 – Locally produced documentary about Oklahoma’s Special Olympics.
6:30pm EXPLORE ADA #301 “Back to the Wild” -- For more information about this series, viewers can go to the city of Ada’s website.
8pm MASTERPIECE CLASSIC “Downton Abbey, Series II, Part 1” – It’s baaaaaack! Only in repeats right now, with Seasons 2 and 3, leading us to the premiere of Season 4 on January 5th, 2014.
Monday, October 14
9pm POV “56 Up” (2.5 hours) -- In 1964, a group of British seven-year-olds were interviewed about their lives and dreams in a groundbreaking television documentary, "Seven Up." Since then, in one of the greatest projects in television history, renowned director Michael Apted has returned to film the same subjects every seven years, tracking their ups and downs. POV, which presented the U.S. broadcast premiere of "49 Up" in 2007, returns with "56 Up" to find the group settling into middle age and surprisingly upbeat. Through marriage and childbirth, poverty and illness, the "kids" have come to terms with both hope and disappointment.
11:30pm LAST OF THE SUMMER WINE only airs once tonight. No episodes have been skipped.
Tuesday, October 15
7pm SUPERHEROES: A NEVER-ENDING BATTLE -- This 3-hour program examines the art form of the comic book superhero and its complex relationship with American culture.
10pm THE SMARTEST TEAM -- Explores how football programs and athletes can reduce the occurrence and effects of concussions by playing smarter.
Wednesday, October 16
7pm NATURE “Saving Otter 501” -- The Monterey Bay Aquarium's 501st attempt to save a stranded orphan otter is detailed.
8pm NOVA “Making Stuff…” -- David Pogue explores the cutting-edge science powering the next wave of technological innovation.
9pm RAW TO READY “Bentley” -- The massive Komatsu 930-E is a two-story-tall dump truck with a load capacity of 320 tons.
10pm CARDBOARD BERNINI -- The work and life of artist James Grashow is explored as he builds a giant cardboard fountain.
Thursday, October 17
7pm STATELINE #1503 “Frightseeing in Oklahoma” – Investigating the paranormal in Oklahoma and the business and tourism that stems from it. (PREMIERE)
9pm DOC MARTIN “Always On My Mind” -- Phil Pratt accuses the doctor of killing his wife Helen when he comes to their house to treat her.
10pm CALL THE MIDWIFE HOLIDAY SPECIAL -- Christmas comes early for Call the Midwife with this holiday special. (If anyone says we’re celebrating the holidays too early, let them know we’re just airing the episodes in chronological order and this was the time for the holiday special.)
Children's Programming Changes
Written by Holly on Monday October 7, 2013
Starting Monday, you’ll notice several changes to the children’s schedule. Some of those changes are due to new programs being offered through PBS. Some changes are due to PBS putting programs only on the weekends, and some changes are being made in response to OETA viewer requests.
PEG + CAT, produced by the Fred Rogers Company, is an exciting new addition to the children’s lineup. PEG + CAT follows spirited Peg and her sidekick named Cat as they solve problems and learn foundational math concepts and skills. This series joins the morning block at 8am, pushing SUPERWHY to 10:30am. Over the past year, DANIEL TIGER’S NEIGHBORHOOD quickly became a favorite among our younger audience and their parents. Because of this, we’ve added a second broadcast, weekdays at 2:30pm, which pushes MARTHA SPEAKS to 3pm. Another popular series is WILD KRATTS. Preschool and grade school children have told us that it is their #1 favorite. We’ve added another broadcast during the day for the preschool children at 12pm. The afternoon WILD KRATTS timeslot moves down to 4:30pm in place of ELECTRIC COMPANY.
Because of the change in the satellite feeds of some programs, we’ve had to change the times that they begin. We understand that the changes can greatly disrupt preschoolers’, parents’ and daycare providers’ schedules, and we regret that. Some of the changes include sliding SID THE SCIENCE KID half an hour later to begin at 11am. THOMAS & FRIENDS makes a bigger leap, moving to the morning at 11:30am. The afternoon repeat of CURIOUS GEORGE will begin half an hour earlier at 1:30pm. And the programs most enjoyed by school age children, ARTHUR, WORDGIRL and WILD KRATTS, all move down half an hour to begin their block at 3:30pm.
ELECTRIC COMPANY, WORDWORLD and BARNEY & FRIENDS have been taken off the weekday schedule starting October 7th. PBS will now only feed them on the weekends. Rather than taking them off the air completely, we have included them in our OKLA and KIDS channel lineups. ELECTRIC COMPANY can be seen on OETA Kids on Sundays at 2:30pm. WORDWORLD can be seen on OKLA on Saturdays at 11:30am. BARNEY & FRIENDS feeds Saturday mornings at 5am and airs on the OKLA channel. We know that some viewers are incredibly loyal to these programs and that some teachers include them in their curriculum. We hope that you’ll be able to use the online resources and videos available online at pbskids.org and pbskids.org/go.
Our OETA Kids and OKLA channel lineups have changed as well. As with our main OETA channel, these changes happen every year. The good news is they only usually happen once per year.
Programming Notes 10/04 to 10/10
Written by Holly on Thursday October 3, 2013
Friday, October 4
7pm ONR -- U.S. Representative Tom Cole discusses the partial shutdown of the federal government in a Newsmaker Interview… We examine how the shutdown of the federal government and sequester cuts have affected SNAP benefits… In a special “It’s Your Government” feature, we go inside the office of Governor Mary Fallin… An innovative education program called City Year comes to Tulsa to work on improving graduation rates… Living with Alzheimer’s is a way of life for many Oklahomans… We learn about the importance of early detection to prevent deaths from prostate cancer… Is raw milk making a comeback in the marketplace? We discuss with Logan Layden of StateImpact Oklahoma… Two historic football stadiums are getting facelifts and a new lease on life… And, Ted Streuli of The Journal Record reviews the week in business.
10:30pm DOCTOR WHO – NEW SEASON BEGINS!! “Asylum of the Daleks” is one of the best episodes ever produced and it introduces us to Jenna Louise Coleman who will later become the Eleventh Doctor’s companion. And notice the new start time! The episodes will begin at 10:30pm instead of 10:23pm. Easier to find, plan for and record.
2:30am (Overnight) GREAT PERFORMANCES “The Hollow Crown” – This four-part miniseries four of Shakespeare's History Plays into a single chronological narrative - Henry IV Part II airs tonight at 2:30am on our Main channel and airs on 8pm Friday night at 8pm on OKLA.
Saturday, October 5
7:30am SUNUP -- SUNUP discusses how the government shutdown and expiration of the farm bill could impact Oklahoma producers. Also: farmer's markets, vegetable production, USDA Under Secretary for Marketing and Regulatory Programs, drought monitor, October temperature and rainfall outlook, wheat prices, replacement heifers, troublshooting mechanical problems and prescribed burning certification.
12:30pm THIS OLD HOUSE and ASK THIS OLD HOUSE – New season begins!
8pm ELTON JOHN: IN CONCERT – During this 90min special, viewers will have a once in a lifetime opportunity to get a copy of this concert for their home library. We’ll be taking calls during this program from viewers who’d like to become members of OETA.
9:30pm OETA MOVIE CLUB – “Splendor in the Grass” – Starts half an hour late tonight due to Elton John.
Sunday, October 6
12:30pm OKLAHOMA FORUM #1114 – Local discussion of football related injuries with guests: Jeff McKibbin, Program Director, Graduate Athletic Training Education Program and former Athletic Trainer, University of Central Oklahoma… Pat Bellgowan, Director of Cognitive Neuroscience, Laureate Institute for Brain Research… Dan Newman, Head Athletic Trainer, Union Public Schools
6pm THE TEACH-IN ON THE GREAT DEPRESSION AND WWII -- Pulitzer Prize-winning authors, David Kennedy and David McCullough, join lead historians at the University of Oklahoma to discuss this crucial period in American history. This will re-air on 10/09 at 5am, 10/12 at 6am and 10/29 at 10pm.
7pm LAST TANGO IN HALIFAX – People who are watching this series will love this episode! No spoilers…
8pm MASTERPIECE CLASSIC “The Paradise, Part 1 of 7” -- Denise Lovett, a young and ambitious country girl, takes a job at a glittering department store. Tonight’s episode is two hours long, but the rest of them are only 60min.
10pm AS TIME GOES BY – This takes the place of ARE YOU BEING SERVED due to some rights issues. Broadcast rights for AS TIME GOES BY and KEEPING UP APPEARANCES expire early next year.
11pm DOC MARTIN “Aromatherpy” -- Local radio host Caroline Bosman may have a drinking problem. Martin tends to stinky Vernon Cooke.
Monday, October 7
New children’s programming lineups starts today. I’ll post separately about that.
9pm POV “Brooklyn Castle” -- A look at how chess became a Brooklyn public school's unlikely inspiration for academic success.
Tuesday, October 8
7pm IN PERFORMANCE AT THE WHITE HOUSE ‘Fiesta Latina” – This was originally going to be “Musica Latina” but they had to delay taping due to the shooting at the DC Navy Yard. “Musica Latina” will now air in early November.
8pm FRONTLINE “League of Denial: The NFL’s Concussion Crisis” – We’ve been waiting on this one! It’s a biggie! An investigation into the NFL and brain injuries reveals the true health risks to football players. (2 hours)
10pm OKLAHOMA FORUM #1114 – Local discussion of football related injuries with guests: Jeff McKibbin, Program Director, Graduate Athletic Training Education Program and former Athletic Trainer, University of Central Oklahoma… Pat Bellgowan, Director of Cognitive Neuroscience, Laureate Institute for Brain Research… Dan Newman, Head Athletic Trainer, Union Public Schools
10:30pm JOHN WOODEN: THE INDIANA STORY – After all of that heavy talk about football injuries, it’s time to enjoy a look back at the life of John Wooden, the legendary basketball coach and inspirational teacher. Told through archival photos and interviews, we’ll see Wooden’s farm upringing, his courtship of the girl-next-door, his service in World War II, his basketball heroics and his seven seasons in the National Basketball League, his time learning the coaching trade and his record-setting career at UCLA.
Wednesday, October 9
8pm NOVA “Megastorm Aftermath” -- An investigation of Hurricane Sandy focuses on the critical questions raised by the historic storm.
9pm SECRETS OF THE DEAD “The Man Who Saved the World” -- Follow the drama surrounding the B-59 Soviet submarine during a critical point in the Cold War.
10pm A COMPANY OF HEROES -- Follow the drama surrounding the B-59 Soviet submarine during a critical point in the Cold War.
Thursday, October 10
7pm GALLERY #1403 -- FEEL THE VELVET, BABY! Artist Trent Lawson and BLACK AND WHITE: The Sketches of Charles Keller (Premiere)
8pm GLOBE TREKKER #1202 – We’re repeating episodes from earlier in the season while the production crew takes a break. We’ll have new episodes in November.
9pm DOC MARTIN “Aromatherpy” -- Local radio host Caroline Bosman may have a drinking problem. Martin tends to stinky Vernon Cooke.
10pm CALL THE MIDWIFE #208 – This is the final regular episode of this series. Next week will be the “holiday special” and then we’ll go to “Secrets of…” episodes.