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!
Programming Notes 3/22 to 3/29
Written by Holly on Thursday March 21, 2013
Friday, March 22
9pm From Dust to Dreams: Opening Night at the Smith Center for the Performing Arts -- Neil Patrick Harris hosts the opening night concert at the Smith Center for the Performing Arts in Las Vegas. The concert stars Jennifer Hudson, Willie Nelson, Martina McBride, Joshua Bell, Mavis Staples, Merle Haggard, Pat Monahan (from Train), John Fogerty, Carole King and a company of Broadway stars that includes Brian Stokes Mitchell. The program is produced by George Stevens Jr. and Michael Stevens ("The Kennedy Center Honors).
RED GREEN and OETA MOVIE CLUB will return next week.
Saturday, March 23
7:30am SUNUP -- SUNUP travels to Carter County to examine the wild hog problem in Oklahoma and offer solutions for landowners. Also: Mesonet weather, Nitrogen application to manage cow pox in wheat, livestock and grain markets,, sheer bolts, cow-calf management and the Oklahoma Beef Quality Summit.
11:15pm MASTERPIECE CONTEMPORARY “Page Eight” – This is a repeat episode that aired the Sunday before Festival.
7pm GREAT PERFORMANCES AT THE MET #702 “Otello” – This fed in late February, right before Festival. We’re just now able to air it. “The Tempest” airs next Saturday on OKLA.
Sunday, March 24
1:30pm OKLAHOMA CAPITOL CONNECTION -- Sen. Brian Bingman (R) District 12, President Pro Tempore… and … Sen. Sean Burrage (D) District 2, Democratic Leader
7pm LIVE FROM LINCOLN CENTER “Kristin Chenoweth: The Dames of Broadway: All of ‘Em” – Broken Arrow native, Kristin Chenoweth has made her mark on the Broadway stage, in television and in film. Her "American Songbook" concert for Lincoln Center includes some of her most celebrated work in every genre, creating a night at once intimate and archetypally all-American. (This repeats next Friday, March 29th at 9pm.)
8pm MASTERPIECE CONTEMPORARY “Song of Lunch” – This is a repeat episode from last season. MASTERPIECE CLASSIC comes back next week for the 8-week miniseries “Mr. Selfridge.” Yay!
9pm KEEPING UP APPERANCES CHRISTMAS SPECIAL 1993 -- Hyacinth buys tickets for a holiday cruise on the QE2, looking forward to making acquaintances with the better class of person that one meets in such circumstances. Little does she know that Onslow has won tickets for that very same trip.
Monday, March 25
10:30am SID THE SCIENCE KID: THE MOVIE -- A robotic tour guide malfunctions and Sid and Gabriela must save the Super Ultimate Science Museum. This 90min special preempts WORDWORLD and BARNEY & FRIENDS. It will repeat this Friday 10:30am.
8pm 180 DAYS: A YEAR INSIDE AN AMERICAN HIGH SCHOOL (Part 1) -- This series takes viewers on a uniquely intimate journey through a year in the lives of students, teachers and school leaders in one Washington, DC public high school. The series is framed by volatile national and local politics aimed at reforming this most fundamental of public institutions, but the lives at the center of "180 Days," most especially those of the five students whose stories take the viewer from the day 1 to day 180, seem at once deeply impacted by and yet profoundly separate from the "Race to the Top."
Tuesday, March 26
7pm TAVIS SMILEY REPORTS “Education Under Arrest” -- This program looks at the efforts by those on the frontlines of juvenile justice reform and what programs are successful in breaking the school-to-prison pipeline. Tavis Smiley travels to Washington state, Louisiana, Missouri and California, meeting the educators, law enforcement, judges, youth advocates and the at-risk teens themselves who are working together to get kids out of the juvenile justice system, back into high school and through to graduation.
8pm 180 DAYS: A YEAR INSIDE AN AMERICAN HIGH SCHOOL (Part 2)
10pm OKLAHOMA CAPITOL CONNECTION -- Sen. Brian Bingman (R) District 12, President Pro Tempore… and … Sen. Sean Burrage (D) District 2, Democratic Leader
10:30pm IN HER POWER – Empowerment expert Helene Lerner encourages women to believe in themselves and pursue their dreams.
Wednesday, March 27
7pm THE PEOPLE’S BUSINESS – Live call-in program that will air each Wednesday night at 7pm until late May. On most Wednesdays, this will push NATURE to 10pm. Tonight, however, NATURE is on at midnight so that we can bring you three hours of special NOVA programming. NATURE can be seen Saturday at 2pm and Sunday at 10am.
8pm NOVA “Meteor Strike” -- Scientists hunt for debris and clues to the origin and makeup of a meteor that landed in Russia.
9pm NOVA “Hunting the Elements” (2 hours) – Enter the world of weird, extreme chemistry on a quest to unlock the secrets of the elements.
Thursday, March 28
10pm SECRETS OF HIGHCLERE CASTLE – Back by popular demand! Good news for castle fans... SECRETS OF HENRY VIII’S CASTLE is coming on June 30th.
Friday, March 29th
10:30am SID THE SCIENCE KID: THE MOVIE -- A robotic tour guide malfunctions and Sid and Gabriela must save the Super Ultimate Science Museum. This 90min special preempts WORDWORLD and BARNEY & FRIENDS.
9pm LIVE FROM LINCOLN CENTER “Kristin Chenoweth: The Dames of Broadway: All of ‘Em” – This is a repeat from Sunday evening (because it’s Kristin!). AMERICAN MASTERS “Philip Roth: Unmasked” can be seen April 1st at 2am.
Festival 2013 Preemptions
Written by Holly on Friday March 1, 2013
It's Festival time! A time to see some exciting new specials and a time to renew your membership with OETA! (Clicking that "Pledge Now" button at the top will do the trick.)
You probably have some favorite programs that you won't get to see for a while during the pledge drive. We understand that can be disappointing and sometimes frustrating. The following is a list of our most popular programs and an idea of when they're coming back (and whether you're missing anything while they're gone).
Fridays, March 1, 8 and 15
ONR (not preempted) -- Topics covered in the March 1st episode are: Sequestration kicked in on March 1st, forcing automatic across-the-board cuts in the federal budget. We discuss the reasons for the budget impasse and its effect with Oklahoma U.S. Representative Tom Cole… America’s middle class is shrinking. A trend that began decades ago is now spiking and Oklahomans are feeling the pressure... Osage County landowners blame the Bureau of Indian Affairs for pollution and environmental hazards… It’s Your Government - consolidation of five state agencies into the Office of Management and Enterprise Services created one big agency and cut costs… As the rural population declines, small town grocery stores are struggling to survive… Home remedies – quick cures that really work… Remembering an Oklahoma actor who was a star in movie and television westerns… We discuss the latest news from the state capitol with Shawn Ashley of eCapitol… And, Ted Streuli of The Journal Record reviews the week in business.
WASHINGTON WEEK – Can be seen/recorded on Sunday mornings at 4am. Returns to its regular time period on 3/22.
NOW ON PBS -- Can be seen/recorded on Sunday mornings at 4:30am. Returns to its regular time period on 3/22.
RED GREEN – Returns on 3/29. No episodes are being skipped.
DOCTOR WHO – Returns on 3/22. No episodes are being skipped. We have the rights to the next season, but they are not being made available to us until the Fall of 2013.
OETA MOVIE CLUB – Returns on 3/29 with “Eight Men Out”
Saturdays, March 2, 9, and 16
MARKET TO MARKET – Preempted – Current and archive episodes can be seen on the Iowa Public Television website: http://www.iptv.org/mtom/.
SUNUP – Airs many times through the week on OKLA. Returns on Main on 3/23.
QUILTING ARTS – Returns on 3/23. No episodes are being skipped.
SEWING WITH NANCY – Returns on 3/23. No episodes are being skipped.
PAINT THIS WITH JERRY YARNELL – Returns on 3/23. No episodes are being skipped.
MARTHA STEWART’S COOKING SCHOOL -- Returns on 3/23. No episodes are being skipped.
AMERICA’S TEST KITCHEN -- Returns on 3/23. No episodes are being skipped.
OKLAHOMA GARDENING – Airs many times through the week on OKLA. Returns to Main on 3/23.
GARDEN SMART -- Returns on 3/23. No episodes are being skipped.
MEXICO-ONE PLATE AT A TIME -- Returns on 3/23. No episodes are being skipped.
THIS OLD HOUSE – Returns on 3/23. No episodes are being skipped.
ASK THIS OLD HOUSE -- Returns on 3/23. No episodes are being skipped.
HOMETIME -- Returns on 3/23. No *new* episodes are being skipped. New episodes return on 4/06.
MOYERS & COMPANY – During the pledge drive, MOYERS can be seen on Monday mornings at 5am.
OKLAHOMA NEWS REPORT – Can be seen on Fridays at 7pm and on OKLA.
OETA MOVIE CLUB – Returns on 3/23 with “Eight Men Out.”
Sunday, March 3, 10 and 17
RELIGION & ETHICS NEWSWEEKLY – Will air in its usual timeslot during the pledge drive! Woo hoo!
MOTORWEEK – Preempted during Festival. Full episodes can be seen on their website: http://www.motorweek.org/
WOODWRIGHT’S SHOP – Returns on 3/24. No episodes are being skipped.
OUTDOOR OKLAHOMA – Airs many times through the week on OKLA. Returns to Main on 3/24.
TRACKS AHEAD – Returns on 3/24. No episodes are being skipped.
WASHINGTON WEEK -- Can be seen/recorded on Sunday mornings at 4am. Returns to its regular time period on 3/22.
OKLAHOMA FORUM – Repeat episodes will air many times through the week on OKLA. Returns with new programs on 3/24.
MCLAUGHLIN GROUP – Preempted on Main during Festival. Airs on OKLA on Sunday nights/Monday mornings at 1:30am. Full episodes can also be seen on the website: http://www.mclaughlin.com/
OKLAHOMA CAPITOL CONNECTION -- Repeat episodes will air many times through the week on OKLA. Returns with new programs on 3/24.
OKLAHOMA NEWS REPORT -- Can be seen on Fridays at 7pm and on OKLA.
OKLAHOMA HORIZON -- Airs many times through the week on OKLA. Returns to Main on 3/24. Full episodes are also available on their website: http://www.okhorizon.com/
OKLAHOMA GARDENING -- Airs many times through the week on OKLA. Returns to this time slot on Main on 3/24.
SMART TRAVELS WITH RUDY MAXA – Returns on 3/24. No episodes are being skipped.
RICK STEVES’ EUROPE -- Returns on 3/24. No episodes are being skipped. New pledge specials are airing throughout the pledge drive.
MASTERPIECE CLASSIC – Returns on 3/31 with “Mr. Selfridge.” A MASTERPIECE CONTEMPORARY episode airs on 3/24 with “The Song of Lunch.”
British Comedies – The Sunday night British comedies will return on 3/17 at their usual times.
Mondays, March 4 and 11
5:30pm NIGHTLY BUSINESS REPORT – Starting tonight, NBR is produced by CNBC (rather than NBR Worldwide). For more information, please go to the NBR website.
ANTIQUES ROADSHOW – Returns to the regular schedule on 3/18. No new episodes are skipped.
MARKET WARRIORS -- Returns to the regular schedule on 3/18. No new episodes are skipped.
INDEPENDENT LENS -- Returns to the regular schedule on 3/18. No new episodes are skipped.
THE MIND OF A CHEF -- Returns to the regular schedule on 3/18. No new episodes are skipped.
WRITING OUT LOUD – Repeats can be seen on OKLA through the week. Returns to the regular schedule on 3/18. No new episodes are skipped.
LAST OF THE SUMMER WINE -- Returns to the regular schedule on 3/18. No episodes are skipped. I promise.
Tuesdays, March 5 and 12
Regular Tuesday evening programming returns on 3/19.
Wednesdays, March 6 and 13
NATURE, NOVA and GLOBE TREKKER return to their regular times on 3/20. No new episodes are being skipped.
Thursdays, March 7 and 14
STATELINE – No new episodes in March. Repeat episodes air many times on OKLA throughout the week.
GALLERY – No new episodes in March. Repeat episodes air many times on OKLA throughout the week.
THIS OLD HOUSE – New episodes are being recorded as they feed to us from PBS. We’ll air them in order following the pledge drive. If you just can’t wait, the new episodes continue to air in the overnight hours.
DOC MARTIN – New episodes are airing during the pledge drive!! Thursdays at 9pm! Don’t miss it!
Programming Notes 2/22 to 2/28
Written by Holly on Friday February 22, 2013
Friday, February 22
7pm ONR -- A school massacre in Connecticut and the threat of another school shooting in Oklahoma has prompted a commission to explore ways to improve school safety… A new take on school consolidation has some districts sharing administrators... There are 24 new members of the Oklahoma legislature this year. They agree their new jobs involve lots of work, but are worth the effort.A lack of water for irrigation threatens croplands in southwest Oklahoma… The legal dispute between the state and the Chickasaw and Choctaw tribes is extended an additional 90 days. We get an update from StateImpact Oklahoma… We remember an Oklahoma radio and television legend… We discuss the latest news from the state capitol with Shawn Ashley of eCapitol… And, M. Scott Carter of The Journal Record reviews the week in business.
10:25pm DOCTOR WHO “The Doctor’s Wife” – Who could she be?! (Hint: You already know and love her.)
Saturday, February 23
7:30am SUNUP -- SUNUP travels to Ottawa County, Oklahoma for an update on the wheat crop, a handheld GreenSeeker demonstration and the benefits of N-rich strips. Also: topdressing techniques, cow reproductive rates, grain market analysis, winter weather recap, managing calves during drought, Eastern Oklahoma Beef Cattle Summit, selecting springs, ponds and cattle water requirements, water quality tests and pond maintenance.
8pm ANNIE MOSES BAND: PILGRIMS & PRODIGALS – Some viewer guides might show BARBRA STREISAND: ONE NIGHT ONLY AT THE VILLAGE VANGUARD tonight at this time, but Barbra will actually air next Friday night, March 1st at 9pm and again March 11th at 9pm.
11:06pm MASTERPIECE CLASSIC “Downton Abbey Season 3 Finale” – Worth another watch. But I bet it has the same ending. :(
Sunday, February 24
6:30am RELIGION & ETHICS NEWSWEEKLY – “America's Evangelical Mecca” - Colorado Springs has been dubbed this nation's Christian Mecca because of the profusion of Evangelical Christian groups headquartered there---including Focus on the Family, a large, conservative and politically active ministry. But as Saul Gonzalez reports, Focus on the Family, for one, is re-thinking how deeply it should be involved in politics, and whether it needs to start building bridges to those with whom it disagrees…. “NYC Religions” - New York has been called the most secular city in America, but a project called "A Journey Through NYC Religions" is attempting to disprove that. The group is documenting every religious site in the five boroughs, street by street, alleyway by alleyway. Since 2010, they've visited nearly 6,500 houses of worship. Kim Lawton talks with project founder Tony Carnes and follows along on their journey.
11am GALLERY #1304 -- Gallery shows how a poem feeds the soul, bringing us poets who are sharing all they know… And Phillip Danner and Jarrod Smith provide studio space at an affordable rate and expand the number of opportunities for artists in the Plaza District by holding several free art openings and music events monthly. (Premiered 2/07/13)
11:30am STATELINE #1404 “Thunder Boom” -- Oklahoma City Thunder Basketball (Premiered 2/14/13)
12:30pm OKLAHOMA FORUM -- Colonel Lawrence Wilkerson -- We discuss foreign policy in the Middle East, the U.S. military, and the confirmation battle of Secretary of Defense nominee, former U.S. Senator Chuck Hagel, with Col. Lawrence Wilkerson (ret.), Chief of Staff to former Secretary of State Gen. Colin Powell.
1:30pm OKLAHOMA CAPITOL CONNECTION -- On today’s program: Rep. Jason Murphey - (R) District 31… and Rep. Dan Kirby - (R) District 75
6pm MASTERPIECE CLASSIC “Downton Abbey Season 3 Finale” – This is the same season finale episode that premiered last week at 8pm. At the end of this episode, we'll see a long clip from the program titled SECRETS OF HIGHCLERE CASTLE. If you'd like to see the full episode, tune in March 28th at 10pm.
8pm MASTERPIECE CONTEMPORARY “Page Eight” – David Hare's screenplay is a contemporary spy thriller starring Bill Nighy and Rachel Weisz.
Monday, February 25
7pm ANTIQUES ROADSHOW “Myrtle Beach”
8pm MARKET WARRIORS “Oronoco, MN”
9pm SLAVERY BY ANOTHER NAME -- Reveals the interlocking forces that enabled "neoslavery" to begin and persist from 1865 to 1945. (INDEPENDENT LENS “Al Weiwei: Never Sorry” can be seen on 2/27 @ 3am and 3/03 at 2am or by going to the PBS website.)
Tuesday, February 26
7pm MAKERS: WOMEN WHO MAKE AMERICA -- This comprehensive and innovative series tells the compelling story of women's advancement in America over the past 50 years. It is a revolution that has unfolded in public and private, on grand stages like the U.S. Supreme Court and Congress, and humbler ones like the boardroom and the bedroom. The series features the stories of those who led the fight, those who opposed it and those -- both famous and unknown -- caught up in its wake. Meryl Streep narrates the three-hour stack, which features commentary and the stories of Hillary Clinton and Condoleezza Rice, Oprah Winfrey and Katie Couric, and Gloria Steinem and Phyllis Schlafly, among others.
10pm OKLAHOMA CAPITOL CONNECTION -- Rep. Jason Murphey - (R) District 31… and Rep. Dan Kirby - (R) District 75
10:30pm EXPLORE ADA #203 “Fireball Classic Run” – For more information about this series, go to the city of Ada’s website.
Wednesday, February 27
7pm NATURE “Echo: An Elephant to Remember”
8pm BATTLE FOR THE ELEPHANTS -- An examination of the slaughter of elephants follows five people waging a battle for the elephant.
9pm NOVA “Japan’s Killer Quake”
10pm GLOBE TREKKER “Amsterdam City Guide 2”
Thursday, February 28
7pm STATELINE #1404 “Thunder Boom” -- Oklahoma City Thunder Basketball (Premiered 2/14/13)
9pm DOC MARTIN “The Admirer” -- Louisa discovers she has a rival for Doc Martin's affections, a glamorous divorcee and hotel owner. (We're in our pledge drive for the next two weeks, but we'll still be showing DOC MARTIN on Thursday nights at 9pm. Don't miss an episode!)
10pm AN EVENING WITH BARRY GORDY -- Journalist Gwen Ifill interviews the songwriter, record producer and founder of Motown Records.
Programming Notes 2/15 to 2/21
Written by Holly on Friday February 15, 2013
Friday, February 15
7pm ONR -- The legislature tackles Oklahoma’s workers’ compensation system, as critics say the state should follow the example of its neighbors… New laws are in the works that would substantially increase the cost of driving without insurance… The cost and availability of child care puts the squeeze on many Oklahoma parents… Oklahoma Watch investigates the dilemma of Oklahomans without health insurance… The Oklahoma Energy Resources Board spends millions cleaning up oil sites at no cost to the state… A federal grant helps cities and towns become “Certified Entrepreneur-Ready Communities” to attract and keep small businesses… Quilters bring comfort to Oklahoma military veterans at Fort Sill… We discuss the latest news from the state capitol with Shawn Ashley of eCapitol… And, Ted Streuli of The Journal Record reviews the week in business.
9pm LIVE FROM LINCOLN CENTER “Ring Them Bells! Rob Fisher Celebrates Kander & Ebb”
10:30pm DOCTOR WHO “The Curse of the Black Spot” – The TARDIS is marooned onboard a seventeenth-century pirate-ship whose crew are being lured to their death by a beautiful Siren. When the Captain's son is taken, the implacable pirate must place his life in the Doctor's hands and with him, take an extraordinary leap of faith. (The captain is played by the same actor that plays Lord Robert Grantham on Downton Abbey.)
Saturday, February 16
7:30am SUNUP -- SUNUP visits the milling and baking labs at the Robert M. Kerr Food and Agricultural Products Center to see the work OSU's wheat breeding team does after wheat harvest. Also: soil moisture levels, marketing quality wheat, bull trichomoniasis, bolt removal and prescribed fire class.
3pm NOVA “Earth From Space” – This is a two-hour special episode, which preempts NATURE today and tomorrow.
Sunday, February 17
6:30am RELIGION & ETHICS NEWSWEEKLY -- Pope's Resignation - With the surprise announcement by Pope Benedict XVI that he will resign effective February 28th, Kim Lawton reports on the process that will lead to the selection of his successor. We also report comments from prominent Catholics and other religious leaders about Benedict's legacy and their expectations for the future. Bob Abernethy hosts a discussion with Rev. Thomas Reese, S.J. Senior Fellow at Georgetown University's Woodstock Theological Center and former editor of America magazine, author and journalist David Gibson and Kim Lawton on the pope's tenure and what they expect the future will hold.
10am NOVA “Earth From Space” – This is a two-hour special episode, which preempts NATURE this weekend.
12:30pm OKLAHOMA FORUM – “State Senate Leaders” -- We discuss the new Oklahoma legislative session with the leaders in the State Senate: Sen. Brian Bingman, President Pro Tempore (R-Sapulpa)… Sen. Sean Burrage, Minority Leader (D-Claremore)
6pm MASTERPIECE CLASSIC “Downton Abbey, Season 3, Episode 6” – Last week’s premiere, from 6pm to 8pm
8pm MASTERPIECE CLASSIC “Downton Abbey, Season 3, Episode 7” – The season finale!
Monday, February 18
7pm ANTIQUES ROADSHOW “Myrtle Beach”
8pm MARKET WARRIORS “Antiquing in Greenwich”
9pm INDEPENDENT LENS “The Powerbroker: Whitney Young's Fight for Civil Rights” -- The civil rights era leader and former head of the National Urban League is profiled.
Tuesday, February 19
7pm BILLY THE KID: AMERICAN EXPERIENCE
8pm AFTER NEWTOWN: GUNS IN AMERICA – An unprecedented exploration of America's enduring relationship with firearms.
9pm FRONTLINE “Raising Adam Lanza” – Frontline investigates Adam Lanza and the town he changed forever after the killings at Sandy Hook.
10:30pm FOUND CAUSES – All of the episodes and more information about the featured organizations can be found here: http://www.foundcauses.com/episodes.php
Wednesday, February 20
7pm NATURE “A Murder of Crows” – A look at one of the most intelligent animals features captivating new footage and crow experts.
8pm NOVA “Mind of a Rampage Killer” – NOVA correspondent Miles O'Brien investigates new theories about what compels rampage killers.
9pm THE PATH TO VIOLENCE – The Safe School Initiative is a program that has helped schools detect problem behavior in advance.
Thursday, February 21
7pm GALLERY #1304 -- Gallery shows how a poem feeds the soul, bringing us poets who are sharing all they know… And Phillip Danner and Jarrod Smith provide studio space at an affordable rate and expand the number of opportunities for artists in the Plaza District by holding several free art openings and music events monthly. (Original Broadcast 2/07/13)
9:45pm CALL THE MIDWIFE HOLIDAY SPECIAL – In this special, newly married Chummy and Nurse Jenny Lee are hard at work during their first Christmas in Nonnatus House. As nurses and nuns minister to an abandoned newborn and search for the mother, and Jenny tries to find the children of an elderly vagrant, Chummy plans an ambitious nativity play. In true Chummy fashion, mishaps ensue. (This is the last episode of Season One. Season Two begins March 31st at 7pm.)
Lord Grantham on Doctor Who
Written by Holly on Friday February 15, 2013
Ahoy, Downton Abbey fans! You "arrrrr" in for a treat tonight!
Tune in to DOCTOR WHO tonight at 10:30 and you'll see the refined and proper Lord Grantham as you've never seen him before - as a pirate!
Hugh Bonneville stars as Henry Avery, a respectable naval captain turned dirty pirate. His crew is being taken, one by one, by a beautiful (but terrifying) siren. He and the Doctor must save what's left of the crew, plus Amy and an injured and delirious Rory.
Even if you've seen this episode before, it's worth a second watch to see our favorite aristocrat in a scurvy dog's clothes.