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!
Julia Child Marathon on OETA Create
Written by Holly on Saturday August 8, 2009
The new movie Julie & Julia opens this weekend depicting the life of Julia Child contrasted against Julie Powell, a woman who aspires to cook all of Child's recipes and blog about it. It's a movie... about a blog... about a book... about food. I can't wait!
As a celebration of Julia Child's life and impact on cooking shows (and impact on PBS), the OETA Create channel will be running a "Cooking with Julia" marathon today, Saturday August 8. Julia and her culinary comrades will make sinful and decadent desserts, confections and breads.
Take that TV in the kitchen and start cooking.
AugustFest -- Friday, August 7
Written by Holly on Friday August 7, 2009
Tonight's the night... GREAT PERFORMANCES "Pete Seeger's 90th Birthday Celebration at Madison Square Garden." I know a lot of you have been looking forward to this. The show starts at 10pm and runs until midnight. Don't miss it because it might not air again anytime soon.
Like last Friday night, WASHINGTON WEEK and NOW ON PBS will air tonight as usual at 7pm and 7:30pm. BILL MOYERS JOURNAL is being preempted by THE BIG BAND YEARS, but you can set your DVR/VCR to record it Sunday morning at 4am.
THE RED GREEN SHOW and DOCTOR WHO will pick up where they left off on Friday, August 14. You won't miss any episodes.
OETA MOVIE CLUB's Friday Night encores will return to the schedule after AugustFest as well.
AugustFest -- Thursday, August 6
Written by Holly on Thursday August 6, 2009
Tonight we'll hear from some of Ireland's finest in DANIEL O'DONNELL: HOPE AND FAITH and CELTIC WOMAN: THE GREATEST JOURNEY.
But don't worry about missing your favorite Thursday night programs...
THIS OLD HOUSE HOUR "New York City Project, Part 3" is a repeat episode that aired last February. You can still catch it tomorrow at 6am (Friday, August 7) or Saturday morning at 4am.
GALLERY and STATELINE will return next week. GLOBE TREKKER will also pick up where it left off after AugustFest next week.
The sixteenth season of SOUNDSTAGE has finished. Tune in next January for the beginning of Season 17. Starting next Thursday at 10pm, AUSTIN CITY LIMITS returns to the schedule.
AugustFest -- Wednesday, August 5
Written by Holly on Wednesday August 5, 2009
Wednesday nights on OETA tend to have a lot of "performance" programming, like GREAT PERFORMANCES, AMERICAN MASTERS and LEGENDS & LYRICS. Following that pattern, we've got some fabulous performances tonight...
- STATLER BROTHERS FAREWELL CONCERT
- COUNTRY BLUEGRASS HOMECOMING
- GREAT PERFORMANCES "Eric Clapton and Steve Winwood"
Then join us next Wednesday when we go back to regular programming with LIVE FROM LINCOLN CENTER "Joshua Bell and the Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra" and LEGENDS & LYRICS "Michael Martin Murphey and Pam Tillis."
If you have been following the TIME TEAM AMERICA project, you might have heard that PBS is feeding the fourth episode tonight. We're recording the feed and we'll air it Tuesday, August 18 at 9pm. There's also a TIME TEAM SPECIAL EDITION episode airing that next Wednesday, August 19 at 7pm. It's a two-hour special, so set your DVR/VCR accordingly.
AugustFest -- Tuesday, August 4
Written by Holly on Tuesday August 4, 2009
Since most PBS stations across the country are holding a pledge drive this week, PBS isn't feeding any new episodes of the Tuesday night programs. NOVA, FRONTLINE, and P.O.V. will return to their regular time periods next week.
In the meantime, we hope you'll tune in and enjoy THE BIG BAND YEARS, DOLLY PARTON LIVE IN LONDON and YANNI VOICES tonight.
You can see a repeat episode of NOVA "Underwater Dream Machine" at 1am tonight, 5am Wednesday morning and 4am Thursday morning.