Pipeline Blog

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!

I Am A Champion

Written by Holly on Saturday October 17, 2009

bowlingI am Jacob.
I am 16 years old.
I live in Stratford, Oklahoma.
I am an equestrian.
I am a Special Olympics athlete.

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

FiestaLatinaTake 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.

DOCTOR WHO... Going Back in Time

Written by Holly on Friday October 9, 2009

doctorwhoxmas2005DOCTOR WHO fans will notice that we're dusting off older episodes starting this Friday, October 9.

We currently own the broadcast rights to the 2006 and 2007 series. The 2007 series just began this last March and we've already aired them twice. We won't have the rights to the 2008 series yet and probably won't until early next year. So, while we wait, we're going to show the full 2006 and 2007 series again in order. And when those have finished, we hope to have the 2008 series ready to go. Good plan? We think so. 

Before we begin with the 2006 series, we're going to set the scene with "Christmas Invasion." This is first full episode in which David Tennant appears as the tenth Doctor. In this episode, a monstrous race called the Sycorax have kidnapped a space probe and only the Doctor can stop them. But how can Rose trust the Doctor with a new face?



Written by Holly on Wednesday October 7, 2009


It's been three decades since THIS OLD HOUSE began giving viewers a behind-the-scenes look at the secrets of home renovation.

In honor of its 30th anniversary, producers of the longest-running home improvement show have selected two interesting projects in the Boston area, where the show first got its start. New episodes will follow the revival of a foreclosed and vacant 1870s-era Second Empire in Roxbury, an inner-city Boston neighborhood, and the modest renovation of a 1914 Dutch Colonial in Newton Centre, a small town just west of the city.

New episodes of THE THIS OLD HOUSE HOUR begin tomorrow night, October 8 at 7pm. The half-hour version of THIS OLD HOUSE premieres this Saturday, October 10 at 12:30pm.

A Conversation with Henry Bellmon

Written by Holly on Wednesday September 30, 2009

BellmonandDickWe're making a change in this weekend's programming schedule so that we may rebroadcast our local production A CONVERSATION WITH HENRY BELLMON.

In August of 2006, Dick Pryor sat down with the former Governor to talk about his two terms as governor, education reform, integration, Watergate, Richard Nixon, and his years as a U.S. Senator, including his politically unpopular vote on the Panama Canal.

A CONVERSATION WITH HENRY BELLMON will air on OETA's main channel Saturday night at 6pm. (This will preempt OUTDOOR OKLAHOMA and WILD CHRONICLES.) It will repeat on the OETA OKLA channel Sunday night at 5pm.