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!

Last of the Summer Wine

Written by Holly on Monday August 31, 2009

LOSWA few years ago, we purchased the broadcast rights to the first ten seasons of LAST OF THE SUMMER WINE. Unfortunately, it was not well received. If there were viewers who were pleased, we didn't hear from them. But we did hear from unhappy viewers who thought the early episodes weren't as well-written or well-produced as Season 11 through 28. As a result, we didn't purchase the broadcast rights to those seasons again. Until now.

Flash forward three years, and we've heard from enough of you who want to see the old episodes that we're going to try doing this again. We've purchased the broadcast rights to ALL episodes of LAST OF THE SUMMER WINE that our BBC distributor has to offer. That's Seasons 1 through 31, plus four Christmas specials, to make a total of 266 episodes!

The broadcast rights begin on Monday, August 31. And, even though it interrupts the current episode order, we're starting from the beginning rather than waiting.

We begin, naturally, with the pilot episode. Clegg (Peter Sallis) is taking flowers to his wife's grave when he stops to chat with the vicar.  Blamire (Michael Bates) and Compo (Bill Owen) meet up with him to reminisce about life, death and tiddlers. This episode also includes the formidable Nora Batty (Kathy Staff), and café owners Sid (John Comer) and Ivy (Jane Freeman).

I hope our LAST OF THE SUMMER WINE viewers are happy about this decision. If so, email us at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it and let us know.

Adult Learning Telecourses

Written by Holly on Sunday August 30, 2009

Early risers may notice a change in our 5am to 7am schedule starting today. The fall semester of adult learning telecourses has begun.

For many years, OETA has partnered with Rose State College in offering college credit for watching and learning from these programs. True, they are broadcast for educational purposes, but they're also very entertaining. The one on Psychology is my favorite (Mondays at 5am).

For more information on getting college credit and for a complete fall semester schedule, click here.

The telecourses will air Sunday through Saturday from 5am to 7am until late November.

Thread the Needle on OETA Create

Written by Holly on Friday August 28, 2009

create_logoneedleAs summer winds down, our thoughts turn to ways to spruce up our homes for the fall.

Tomorrow's Saturday marathon on OETA Create, we'll help you get the ball rolling with projects from our sewing and home improvement Goddesses.  Let Martha Campbell Pullen, Nancy Zieman, Vickie Sloan and daughter Sloan Payne-Rutter inspire your creativity with unique embroidery, sewing tricks and techniques.  All you need to know is how to Thread the Needle.

Austin City Limits

Written by Holly on Thursday August 27, 2009

Nick_LoweTonight's episode of AUSTIN CITY LIMITS with Nick Lowe and The Swell Season was originally recorded in late 2008. It premiered on many PBS stations in January 2009, but we were in our pledge drive at that time. So, tonight's broadcast is the premiere of this episode.

For more than forty years, Nick Lowe has been writing songs, influencing musicians and gaining fans worldwide. In recent years the Englishman's work has shifted focus placing him more as a balladeer than a rocker. You'll hear him tonight sing the following:

  • When I Write the Book
  • All Men Are Liars
  • I Trained Her to Love Me
  • I Read a Lot
  • Rome Wasn't Built in a Day
  • Peace, Love and Understanding
  • Beast in Me

    Swell_SeasonGrammy recipients have appeared on AUSTIN CITY LIMITS numerous times, but it's a rare thing for Oscar winners to grace the stage in studio 6A. But that is indeed the case in tonight's episode with Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglová, also known as The Swell Season. The duo starred in the indie film Once, in which they played struggling musicians. The song "Falling Slowly" on the Once soundtrack won the Academy Award for Best Original Song.

    Tonight, The Swell Season performs:

  • Lies
  • When Your Mind's Made Up
  • Falling Slowly
  • Low Rising
  • If You Want Me
  • Life in Vain (with Daniel Johnston)
  • The Kennedys: American Experience

    Written by Holly on Wednesday August 26, 2009

    ted-kennedy-2To mark the passing of Senator Edward M. Kennedy, OETA will air THE KENNEDYS: AMERICAN EXPERIENCE tonight at midnight on OETA's main channel. Viewers can also see this three-hour program tomorrow night (Thursday) at 7pm on OETA OKLA.

    THE KENNEDYS: AMERICAN EXPERIENCE draws on a wealth of still photographs, archival footage, and home movies, and features extensive interviews with family members, friends, and first-hand witnesses to the many chapters of the Kennedy story.