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!
Doctor Who as Hamlet
Written by Holly on Tuesday April 27, 2010
Tune in tomorrow night as Shakespeare’s immortal “To be, or not to be” takes on a whole new meaning (and medium) as classical stage and screen actors David Tennant and (recently knighted) Sir Patrick Stewart and reprise their roles for a modern-dress, film-for-television adaptation of the Royal Shakespeare Company’s 2008 stage production of Hamlet. The 3-1/2 hour program begins Wednesday evening at 7pm on OETA.
"Hamlet” aired in the UK on the day after Christmas, when more than 900,000 viewers tuned in for the BBC broadcast. In an article in The Observer, Britain’s Prime Minister Gordon Brown wrote, “Like many people, I had my love of Shakespeare reawakened by David Tennant’s TV portrayal of Hamlet … .”
Best known for his performance in the title role of the popular British TV series “Doctor Who” since 2005, Tennant made his debut in October as the host of MASTERPIECE CONTEMPORARY on PBS. His many other credits include his recent portrayal of Barty Crouch Junior in the big-screen blockbuster Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. Tennant has also received numerous awards from the theatre community for his lead roles in several Shakespearean productions and other classic plays.
Veteran stage and screen actor Sir Patrick Stewart reprises his 2009 Laurence Olivier Award-winning role of Claudius in the screen version, which is directed by Gregory Doran, who reprises his stage direction of the production.
The adaptation re-creates the tone and atmosphere of the stage production in a film-style interpretation shot in HD on location at St. Joseph’s College in Mill Hill, London.
Early Morning Programming
Written by Holly on Saturday April 24, 2010
If you're like me and most of your primetime hours are dedicated to your family, OETA has a new opportunity for you to catch up on some of the wonderful programming offered by PBS.
Starting this Sunday, OETA's early morning hours of 5am to 7am will be filled with repeats of primetime programming from earlier in the week. For example, on Monday morning, we'll air Sunday night's NATURE program "Frogs: The Thin Green Line" at 5am, followed by last Thursday's GROWING GREENER SCHOOLS at 6am.
For the past several years, we've had similar programming in the hours of midnight to 5am, but not many of us are awake at those hours. So this addition of PBS programming in the early morning is more accomodating to viewers who do not have DVRs or other such recording devices.
The schedule will have a somewhat regular pattern, but you'll need to keep an eye on the online schedule so that you don't miss anything.
I hope you'll enjoy this chance to catch up on some of the fine programming PBS and OETA has to offer!
Bright Lights, Big Cities on OETA Create
Written by Holly on Friday April 23, 2010
This month, OETA Create has been dedicated to the great cities across the USA.
Our "Bright Lights, Big Cities" tours have taken us from the wonderful West Coast earlier in the month, then across the South and the Midwest. And now, this Saturday, we'll visit the exciting East Coast!
We'll tour historic and legendary sites in New York, Boston, Philadelphia, Washington, DC and see the Liberty Bell, Harvard University, the Statue of Liberty and the President of the United States!
Big fun awaits at every destination!
Growing Greener Schools
Written by Holly on Thursday April 22, 2010
In celebration of Earth Day 2010, OETA is taking a break from airing our usual Thursday night local documentaries so that we can focus on building a green future for our children.
GROWING GREENER SCHOOLS highlights some schools who have made "green" a priority in their curriculum. The program outlines the steps necessary to make other schools more green and explains the educational, physical, economic and healthful benefits that will result from this process.
GALLERY and STATELINE will return next week at their usual times, or you can catch them both this Sunday morning at 11am and 11:30am, respectively.
Through a Dog's Eyes
Written by Holly on Thursday April 22, 2010
Everyone's talking about THROUGH A DOG'S EYES, which aired last night at 10pm on OETA. The program follows the journey of recipients as they go through the heartwarming and sometimes difficult process of receiving and becoming acclimated to a service dog.
In case you missed it, you still have several opportunities to catch it again....