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!

Okie Noodling -- The Sequel

Written by Holly on Wednesday July 8, 2009

okie_noodling_3 "No worms. No wimps. No worries." -- That's the motto of the hands-on anglers known as Noodlers. 

Thanks in part to filmmaker Bradley Beesley, Oklahoma has become the unofficial headquarters for noodling. In 2001, his film OKIE NOODLING was distributed to public television stations nationwide through OETA. Some programmers may have scoffed but they scheduled it anyway, much to their audience's delight. It has since become a public television cult classic. And now, Beesley has produced a sequel.

OKIE NOODLING II explores the sport's evolution over the last decade, including commercialization and some legalization issues. Beesley revisits much the original cast from the first film and introduces us to some new, eccentric characters. The second half of the film follows the 2008 noodling tournament in Pauls Valley.

If you don't have anything planned for this weekend, the 10th Annual Okie Noodling Tournament is this Saturday. You can get your registration information here. Keep in mind the new rule for 2009: "All fish must be alive. Dead fish will be disqualified." How can you not be fascinated by a sport with rules such as this?!

Here is the show's trailer:


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OKIE NOODLING II premieres tonight, Wednesday, July 8 at 10pm. It will repeat Friday, July 10 at 9pm.


The State of Creativity

Written by Holly on Wednesday July 8, 2009

Due to technical difficulties, last night's premiere of THE STATE OF CREATIVITY "Noble County" didn't air as scheduled. It is now scheduled to air on Sunday, July 19 at 9:30pm.

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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!

Time_Team_America_-_JoeDr. 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.

HollyOETA  One Moment Please? Uh oh, the "trouble" slide. We must be having technical difficulty due to the storms.
7:01pm July 4
HollyOETA  And we're back! Just in time for Barry Manilow's "It's a Miracle." Indeed, it is a miracle!
7:09pm July 4
100_0708aHollyOETA  My son makes up some funky new dance moves to Copacabana. Barry Manilow's music speaks to every generation.
7:17pm July 4
HollyOETA  Those are some lucky ladies dancing with Barry in the audience. The younger ones might have no idea just how lucky they are!
7:19pm July 4
HollyOETA  I changed my baby's diaper and almost missed the president speak!
7:23pm July 4
HollyOETA  Big Bird quotes Victor Borge. Where else can you find this kind of stuff? Only on PBS.
7:25pm July 4
HollyOETA  I didn't know Natasha Bedingfield was British. You see, this IS educational television!
7:32pm July 4
HollyOETA  That eight-year old girl in the audience knows the words to "It's a Grand Old Flag" better than I do. I'm so ashamed!
7:36pm July 4
HollyOETA  My baby likes the Jersey Boys. Or maybe she just likes that her mommy and daddy are dancing around and singing to her.
7:40pm July 4
HollyOETA  I pointed out the far-off fireworks on the TV to try appeasing my five-year old. It didn't work. The kid wants close-up big booms!
7:52pm July 4
HollyOETA  Michael Feinstein and Andrew von Oeyen are so intense! But I guess it's not easy playing a duet in front of the whole nation.
7:55pm July 4
HollyOETA  Woah! Andrew von Oeyen must be 7 feet tall!
7:57pm July 4
HollyOETA  Jimmy Smits makes a wardrobe change. He looks great. I like that he's not wearing a tie.
7:58pm July 4
HollyOETA  Go, Aretha, go!  I r-e-s-p-e-c-t you!
8:01pm July 4
HollyOETA  Big ups to the Lighting Director, having to light the U.S. Capitol Building AND Barry Manilow. Now that's pressure! But he did a great job!
8:08pm July 4
HollyOETA  Fireworks begin! Better get the five-year old in the room.
8:12pm July 4
HollyOETA  The 1812 Overture! My favorite! The cannons are timed a lot better than some other performances I've seen.
8:14pm July 4
HollyOETA  Who knew a cannon could make a smoke ring?
8:17pm July 4
HollyOETA  The wind is just perfect. It keeps the flags moving, but doesn't mess up the fireworks. What a perfect night!
8:18pm July 4
HollyOETA  I've learned my lesson about giving my five-year old some of my Mt. Dew. He's pretending to be a firework.
8:20pm July 4
HollyOETA  Drummer hits himself in the head with his mallet. I wonder if anyone else saw that. He still hits a drum 100 times better than I could.
8:22pm July 4
HollyOETA  What a finale!! I have goosebumps all over my body. Such a perfect celebration of this great country! Thanks PBS!
8:28pm July 4

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.

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A CAPITOL FOURTH airs live tonight at 7pm. It repeats at 8:30pm.