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!
Time Team America
Written by Holly on Monday July 6, 2009
Part extreme adventure, part hard science, and part reality show... TIME TEAM AMERICA is coming to OETA this Wednesday. Get ready to dig in!
In each one-hour episode of TIME TEAM AMERICA, the seven members of the team have just three days to uncover the buried secrets of their assigned dig. They face searing heat, driving rain, alligator-infested swamps, frayed nerves and of course the inevitable technical setbacks. Through it all, the audience peers over the shoulders of the archaeologists at work, eavesdropping on intense conversations and sharing the rush of discovery.
What makes this five-part series even more exciting is that one member of the team is an Oklahoman!Dr. Joe Watkins is currently the Director of the Native American Studies Program at the University of Oklahoma. He is a Choctaw Indian and one only a small group of American Indians with a PhD. in Archaeology. He's pictured here examining a toy papoose found at Range Creek, Utah.
As a young boy growing up in southeastern Oklahoma, Joe found a two thousand year old stone projectile point while walking in the woods. Joe's grandmother, who spoke only native Choctaw, told him it "belonged to the people before our people." Immediately enthralled by that discovery, Joe found his passion, and since then has logged more than forty years of archaeological experience.
TIME TEAM AMERICA airs on Wednesdays through July at 7pm.
A Capitol Fourth via Twitter
Written by Holly on Sunday July 5, 2009
I'm not much of a Twitterer. But if I was, the following would be my updates from last night's A CAPITOL FOURTH.
Jimmy Smits & Elmo
Written by Holly on Saturday July 4, 2009
This year's A CAPITOL FOURTH celebration has a special treat for the entire family: Elmo, Big Bird, Cookie Monster, Oscar the Grouch and more of the SESAME STREET gang will be on hand to celebrate America's birthday! Jimmy Smits recently caught up with Elmo to talk about the upcoming performance in A CAPITOL FOURTH.
A CAPITOL FOURTH airs live tonight at 7pm. It repeats at 8:30pm.
A Capitol Fourth
Written by Holly on Friday July 3, 2009
Happy 233rd Birthday, America!
Get out your lawn chairs and put them in front of the TV Saturday night for A CAPITOL FOURTH, live from the west lawn of the U.S. Capitol. This is the 29th year for the event and it promises to be a doozy with the largest fireworks display in the nation. Come on, it's too hot to go outside anyway.
This year's star-studded cast includes:
Jimmy Smits hosts the event. Here's a clip of him promoting the show and sharing thoughts about being an American:
A CAPITOL FOURTH airs live tomorrow night at 7pm. If you miss it, tune in at 8:30pm for an encore broadcast.
The Man on the Radio in the Red Shoes
Written by Holly on Wednesday July 1, 2009
If you know the radio show "A Prairie Home Companion," then you know Garrison Keillor. If not, then watch tonight's AMERICAN MASTERS and you'll find out. The best way I can describe him is to say he's a classic humorist and storyteller. He and his crew of actors and musicians spin stories and song into American gold.
So, how do you tell a story about a storyteller? That's the challenge faced by the producer/director, Peter Rosen. Since Keillor is somewhat of an engima, Rosen determined he could make an "enigmatic" film, using no photos, no home movies, no archival film clips and no expert interviews. He describes his favorite scene:
"I got this idea after watching him always typing his stories on his laptop - in cars, in planes, at the airports, at home, everywhere, he was always writing something. As we shot that, I began to wonder what was going on inside his head, and then actually tried to illustrate that."
But what did Mr. Keillor think of his own biography?
"I haven't seen the Peter Rosen documentary. But I imagine it's good because THE MAN CERTAINLY TOOK A LOT OF FILM IN SHOOTING IT. He was in my house, in my car, backstage at the theater, and like all photographers or videographers, he wanted more, more, more. A truckload of videotape. Me tying my shoes. Me putting yogurt on my bran flakes. Me blowing my nose. I think he learned about video documentary from Andy Warhol. And of course after he had invested weeks and weeks and weeks in shooting the thing, I couldn't very well tell him to stop, so on and on it went. (I believe he started filming in the summer of 1969.)Endless. And each time I got divorced and started a new family, HE HAD TO GO BACK AND SHOOT EVERYTHING AGAIN. It drove me almost out of my mind and my mental health was precarious to start with. The lawsuit, I am confident, will be settled out of court. I struck Peter, but very lightly, just a slap in the face and a kick in the shins, and why he is asking three-point-six million for mental anguish, I don't know, but if we go to trial, I will have plenty to say about mental anguish. The man took years out of my life." *
AMERICAN MASTERS "Garrison Keillor: The Man on the Radio in the Red Shoes" airs Wednesday, July 1 at 7pm.
* (Reprint courtesy of The Prairie Home Companion website.)