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!
"Up With Downton" Podcast
Written by Holly on Wednesday January 9, 2013
Is Downton Abbey a topic of watercooler conversation at your work? Do you and your friends chat about it online? Was it all over your Facebook and Twitter Sunday night? (It was on mine!) It seems people can't get enough of the D.A.!
Several of us here at OETA are huge fans. We've been anticipating Season Three for several weeks, theorizing what drama might lie ahead. When we finally got our hands on a preview of the first episode, we went crazy talking about it. Our conversations were lively and funny, and finally one of us mentioned that we should record them.
And that's what we've done.
Here is a link to the first installment of "Up With Downton" where we discuss Episode 1 of Season Three. There really aren't any significant spoilers in the commentary, so feel free to listen to it even if you haven't watched the episode yet.
Call the Midwife... Again
Written by Holly on Monday January 7, 2013
Back by popular demand... CALL THE MIDWIFE!
We are airing Season 1 again starting this Thursday at 10pm following DOC MARTIN. We'll air all six episodes in that timeslot for the next six Thursdays, plus the Holiday Special on February 21st at 9:45pm.
CALL THE MIDWIFE is a moving, intimate, funny and true-to-life series, based on the best-selling memoirs of the late Jennifer Worth. It tells colorful stories of midwifery and families in London’s East End in the 1950s.
Jenny Lee, a young woman raised in the wealthy English countryside, has chosen to become a nurse and now, as a newly qualified midwife, has gone to work in the poorest area of the city. Attached to an order of nursing nuns at Nonnatus House, Jenny is part of a team of women who minister to expectant mothers, many of whom give birth at home in appalling conditions. The drama follows Jenny as she meets her patients and learns to love the people who live in the East End.
Downton Abbey - Season Three TONIGHT!
Written by Holly on Sunday January 6, 2013
It starts tonight at 8pm! Do you have your watch party planned? Am I invited?!
For those who need a refresher, see this post from early December. It includes a video that will get you all caught up and ready for tonight.
Eeeeee! I'm so excited!
Doctor Who Marathon
Written by Holly on Sunday December 30, 2012
Good news for Whovians without New Year's Eve plans!
Starting at 9am tomorrow (December 31st), we will be giving 18 of our beloved DOCTOR WHO episodes one last broadcast before their broadcast rights expire. They'll run back-to-back with only a legal ID in between each. If you want to see ever frame of video, from opening to closing credits, you'll have to schedule your bathroom breaks and trips to the fridge in the 30 seconds between episodes.
Because the lengths of the episodes vary, the start times will also vary. This might not affect you at all, but I wanted to point it out because it's not something we're used to in the TV world. Everything usually starts at the top or bottom of the hour. Also, if you're DVR'ing these episodes, you might run into some problems setting the start/stop times. I don't know what kind of advice to give you on that. Watch your television guide and our online schedules closely.
The marathon begins with "The Next Doctor," the first the five specials in David Tennant's last season. Then we'll see Matt Smith introduced as the eleventh Doctor and follow his adventures all the way to "The Big Bang." The current season playing on Fridays and Saturday nights will be in next year's marathon plans.
For more information about the individual episodes, take a look at the OKLA tab on the Schedules page.
End-of-Year Specials and Marathons
Written by Holly on Friday December 28, 2012
3pm to 7pm GALLERY marathon
5:30pm STATELINE "Path to a Paycheck"
6pm STATELINE "Power to the People"
6:30pm CALL THE MIDWIFE HOLIDAY SPECIAL
8pm MASTERPIECE "Downton Abbey - Season Two Finale"
8:30pm HOPE OF A NEW YEAR
9pm GREAT PERFORMANCES "Magical Mystery Tour Revisited"
10pm GREAT PERFORMANCES "The Beatles' Magical Mystery Tour"
11pm LAST OF THE SUMMER WINE
Happy New Year!!
12am FRONT ROW CENTER "Cheap Trick"
1am AUSTIN CITY LIMITS "Bonnie Raitt/Mavis Staples"
8:30pm GREAT PERFORMANCES "Broadway Musicals: A Jewish Legacy"
10pm GREAT PERFORMANCES "Billy Joel Live at Shea Stadium"
5pm AMERICAN MASTERS "The Joffrey Ballet: Mavericks of American Dance"
6:30pm DOWNTON ABBEY REVISITED
O K L A -- December 30th
12pm to 3pm COWBOYS IN TALL GRASS marathon
O K L A -- December 31st
9am to 12:30am DOCTOR WHO marathon -- From "The Next Doctor" to "The Big Bang"