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!
The Final Hours: Amelia Earhart's Final Hours
Written by Holly on Wednesday October 21, 2009
Amelia Earhart fans will have to wait three more days before the new Hilary Swank movie "Amelia" opens in theatres. The story of the aviation legend lights up the big screen this Friday, October 23rd.
If you just can't wait until then, turn on your little screen tonight for THE FINAL HOURS: AMELIA EARHART'S LAST FLIGHT. The documentary will take you on a journey around the world in a vintage Lockheed Electra, recreating Earhart's 1937 world flight and revealing the woman behind the legend.
There have been many programs about Amelia Earhart, but none have enabled the audience to relive the experience of early long-distance flying, while explaining the background to her final, fatal flight quite like this one. Not only will viewers relive the epic flight around the world while meeting the woman behind the legend, but the film also offers a new solution to the mystery.
Navigator Bowen Weisheit flew the waters of the South Pacific during WWII and studied at the Weems School, the same school that Amelia's navigator, Fred Noonan, attended. Weisheit offers his theory of what went wrong on their last flight - a theory validated by the on-camera experts from the National Air and Space Museum. It hinges upon a fundamental disagreement between Earhart and her navigator, Fred Noonan.
Tune in tonight, Wednesday, October 21 at 9pm for THE FINAL HOURS: AMELIA EARHART'S LAST FLIGHT.
"DINOSAUR TRAIN" Halloween Costume
Written by Holly on Wednesday October 21, 2009
Are you still struggling to come up with a Halloween costume for your little one? If your child likes DINOSAUR TRAIN, or even if they just like dinosaurs in general, Jim Henson's Creature Shop put together a free downloadable Buddy costume pattern on the PBS Parents website.
Love it, but don't have time to sew it? No worries! The Creature Shop also created simple instructions for no-sew option that you can put together in a snap.
Here's a peek at the finished costume in action...
ARTHUR episode -- "The Great MacGrady"
Written by Holly on Tuesday October 20, 2009
You and your kids may notice that we're airing the same episode of ARTHUR every day this week. This is not a mistake.
In the episode titled "The Great MacGrady," guest-star Lance Armstrong rides into Elwood City to help Arthur and the gang cope with the news that their beloved lunch lady, Mrs. MacGrady, has cancer. Arthur and his friends all react differently to the news - Arthur and D.W. rush to her side with heaps of chicken soup and stuffed animals, Muffy tries to pretend that nothing in her life has changed, and Francine is so upset she can't even bring herself to visit Mrs. MacGrady.
For twelve years, ARTHUR has helped children and families talk about important issues--from asthma, to dyslexia, to the death of a pet. Now, in its 13th season, the series takes on the difficult topic of cancer.To ensure this message is seen by all ARTHUR audiences at least once, "The Great MacGrady" airs every day this week at 3:30pm.
The decision to run the episode daily was made by PBS and LIVESTRONG: The Lance Armstrong Foundation because it is an effective way to reach audiences and facilitate repeat viewings for families. According to LIVESTRONG: The Lance Armstrong Foundation, 75 percent of families with children are affected by cancer in some way - be it a family member or a friend of the family. Unfortunately, there are very few resources that offer specific guidance for helping our youngest children cope with this challenging reality. The repeat broadcasts of ARTHUR "The Great MacGrady" is supported by extensive outreach components to make the topic as accessible as possible to children, families, and educators so they have the tools to start a conversation about this important topic impacting kids.
New episodes of ARTHUR will return to the schedule next week.
I Am A Champion
Written by Holly on Saturday October 17, 2009
These are the opening lines of I AM A CHAMPION, a documentary chronicling three Oklahoma athletes as they prepare, train and ultimately compete in the 40th Annual Special Olympics Oklahoma Summer Games in 2009.
We'll hear each athlete in their own voice describe their background, goals, training regimen, who and what their competition is, as well as their reaction to the final outcome of their journey. We'll also hear from their families and coaches as they all work together in support of the efforts of these special people.
I AM A CHAMPION airs Sunday night at 9:30pm on OETA's Main channel. Watch for repeats on OETA Okla starting in November.
In Performance at the White House: Fiesta Latina
Written by Holly on Thursday October 15, 2009
Take a front row seat Friday night at 9pm for IN PERFORMANCE AT THE WHITE HOUSE "Fiesta Latina," a concert celebrating Latino culture, hosted by the President and Mrs. Obama.
The program was taped Tuesday night on the South Lawn of the White House. PBS quickly edited the footage into a one-hour program and plans to feed it to PBS stations tonight (Thursday). Some stations will air it tonight in place of THE THIS OLD HOUSE HOUR, but OETA is holding it for our Friday night music timeslot of 9pm.
Performers include Marc Anthony (pictured), Jimmy Smits, Pete Escovedo, Gloria Estefan, José Feliciano, George Lopez, Thalía, Tito "El Bambino", the Bachata music group Aventura, and the Chicano rock band Los Lobos, with Sheila E. leading the house band.
In addition to Friday at 9pm, you can watch IN PERFORMANCE AT THE WHITE HOUSE "Fiesta Latina" on the PBS website starting Thursday evening.