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!
Great Performances Update
Written by Holly on Wednesday October 27, 2010
There has been a conductor change for tonight's GREAT PERFORMANCES featuring the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.
Conductor Emeritus Pierre Boulez (right) replaces Music Director Riccardo Muti. The Chicago Symphony Orchestra Association announced that Muti has been forced to withdraw from all of his October performances due to illness.
The change in conductor also necessitates a change in the musical program, now “Chicago Symphony Orchestra: Pierre Boulez Conducts Mahler’s 7th.”
NOVA "Emergency Mine Rescue"
Written by Holly on Monday October 25, 2010
A film crew for NOVA has been following the events in Chile where 33 miners were trapped nearly half a mile under the surface. The crew spent over a month on the scene and was there on October 12 when the first miner took his first breath of freedom. An emotional end to an amazing saga.
Right in time with the headlines, NOVA premieres "Emergency Mine Rescue" this Tuesday night at 7pm. This special episode chronicles the fate of the miners and explores the science behind the successful rescue efforts.
"Emergency Mine Rescue" takes the place of the NOVA episode previously scheduled, "Crash of Flight 447," which is now scheduled for release in mid-February.
Sherlock Holmes on Masterpiece Mystery!
Written by Holly on Friday October 22, 2010
I won't waste space trying to convince you to watch MASTERPIECE MYSTERY for the next three Sundays. If you've heard about the new Sherlock Holmes, you'll be there. If you haven't heard, you will soon and then you'll find a way to catch a repeat.
I'd rather use my time to tell you how to get even more out of the series....
- Twitter Party -- Watch the show live, share your thoughts with the twittersphere and tag your posts with #sherlock_pbs. You won't be alone. Here is more information about who will be joining you.
- Live Chat -- There is a live chat in the works for the Monday nights following the premieres. You can chat with VIPs from the show. Check the Masterpiece website in the coming days for more information.
- Book & Film Club -- Meet people in real life who share a passion for Sherlock Holmes in print and film. Don't know where to find a club? Why not start one! Here is more information on how to do that.
And now a little something to whet your appetite...
Scary Movie History Lesson
Written by Holly on Wednesday October 20, 2010
With Halloween approaching, horror movies are running rampant on basic cable, and I can think of no better time for us to take a look at the origins of the genre.
Before there was "Scary Movie," there were actual scary movies. And before there were scary movies, there was Bela Lugosi as "Dracula." It was the first film of its kind from an American studio, but did you know there was a stage production of Dracula before the film? Did you know that there was a German film before the American one? And did you know that Lon Chaney almost had the starring role instead of Bela Lugosi?
These are things you'll learn in the program BELA LUGOSI: THE FALLEN VAMPIRE. Tonight at 10pm on OETA.
P.S. Today would have been Bela Lugosi's 128th birthday... Or maybe it still is!... Mwahahaha!
Teachings of Jon
Written by Holly on Tuesday October 12, 2010
Back by popular demand!
If you missed this program the last time it aired, try to catch it this time.
TEACHINGS OF JON shows what it’s like for some families living with a member with Down Syndrome... and it's not what you think.
Jon’s parents, a psychiatrist and psychotherapist, tell us how he caused a complete change of values for them. They admit that he taught them about good mental health. The siblings share what it was like growing up with a brother who has severe mental retardation; how they had to learn how to communicate with him and the positive affect he has had on all of their lives.
You know the old saying, "You'll laugh. You'll cry. It will become a part of you." Well, it's absolutely true for this program. Enjoy.