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!
Doctor Who Series 6 Repeats
Written by Holly on Friday January 25, 2013
No, it's not your imagination. And no, you haven't slipped onto the Tardis and gone back in time. Tonight's episode of DOCTOR WHO is in fact a repeat.
As of last week, we've aired all of the new episodes that we have of Series 6. We'll have to wait until this fall before we'll have Series 7.
I'm just as excited and impatient as you are!
On a side note... If you're reading this, then you're probably a DOCTOR WHO fan and you'll probably appreciate this more than anyone... It's the pinewood derby car I designed to run in the "Open Class" division of my son's Cub Scout competition tomorrow. Wish me luck!
Programming Notes 1/18 to 1/24
Written by Holly on Friday January 18, 2013
Friday, January 18
7pm ONR -- Oklahoma cities begin rationing water as the ongoing drought raises fears of long-term damage to state lakes... The number of flu cases continues to mount with nearly 500 people hospitalized. Tulsa is hardest-hit… This may be the year state employees see major changes to how their salaries and benefits are determined… Senate President Pro Tempore Brian Bingman discusses the upcoming legislative session and his policy priorities… A major expansion is underway for Oklahoma’s only statewide high-speed broadband provider, OneNet… The first class in the “School of Rock” heads toward graduation… And, Ted Streuli of The Journal Record reviews the week in business.
10:30pm DOCTOR WHO “Christmas Special 2011 – The Doctor, The Widow and the Wardrobe” – This is the last new episode of our most recent purchase. The NEW new ones aren’t available to us yet. After this episode, we’ll go back and start all over with this season.
Saturday, January 19
7:30am SUNUP -- SUNUP travels to the OSU Wheat Pasture Research Station at Marshall to discuss lice infestation in cattle. Also: Mesonet weather, wheat prices, calving stages, value-added cattle, tree management for deer and the Oklahoma AgrAbility Project.
10am MARTHA STEWART’S COOKING SCHOOL – We’ve aired all of the episodes of this new series, and they were so good that we’re airing them again.
O K L A -- 4:30pm – GREAT PERFORMANCES AT THE MET #701 “L’Elisir d’Amore” – This is the first episode of the season for these operas. We’ll air them on the first Saturday after they feed from PBS . However, the second episode of the season will feed in late February, and due to our pledge drive, we won’t get to air it until March 23rd.
Sunday, January 20
12:30pm OKLAHOMA FORUM – “Arts and Art Education” -- With research showing the importance of arts in student achievement and economic development, we discuss arts and art education with: Jennifer James McCollum, Executive Director, Oklahomans for the Arts… Julia Kirt, Executive Director, Oklahoma Visual Arts Coalition… Kim Baker, Executive Director, Oklahoma Arts Council… Jean Hendrickson, Executive Director, Oklahoma A+ Schools
8pm MASTERPIECE “Downton Abbey, Season 3, Part 3” – This episode will repeat on our Main Channel on 1/22 at 2am and 5am, 1/26 at 11:15pm and 1/27 at 7pm. And on OKLA on 1/21 at 8pm. Fans of the program won't want to miss OETA's podcasts where a few members of the staff (including me) sit down and discuss the most recent episode. The podcasts can be found on OETA's SoundCloud site here.
Monday, January 21 – Martin Luther King Day
10am PBS NEWSHOUR INAUGURATION 2013: A SPECIAL REPORT – Coverage can be expected to last 3 to 3-1/2 hours. Children’s programming will be preempted during this special report.
4pm WILD KRATTS LOST AT SEA – This is a special one-hour episode. It preempts ELECTRIC COMPANY. It will not be repeated on our Main Channel. If you have OETA Kids, you can see it again on Sunday, 1/27 at 1pm.
9pm FLY BOYS: WESTERN PENNSYLVANIA TUSKEGEE AIRMEN -- The triumphant story of the African-American soldiers who served their country during World War II. (This is airing in celebration of Martin Luther King Day in the INDEPENDENT LENS timeslot. Viewers who want to see the “Beauty is Embarrassing” episode will need to set their DVRs for Wednesday morning at 3am or Sunday morning at 2am.
10pm PHOTOGRAPHER FLIP SCHULKE – Documentary about the amazing life and career of the acclaimed photojournalist. Hosted by Langston University historian Currie Ballard, this program explores the freelance photographer's life and work for publications such as Life magazine, Sports Illustrated and Ebony magazine. It also chronicles Schulke's 10-year friendship with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. His efforts to convince King that the civil rights movement should be documented led to Schulke taking approximately 11,000 photographs during that time. (This program is not available for purchase but it airs in regular rotation on OKLA.)
Tuesday, January 22
9pm FRONTLINE “The Untouchables” -- A look at why Wall Street's leaders and have escaped prosecution since America's financial meltdown.
10pm FAITH IN THE HOOD -- A compelling look at the inner city focuses on the spiritual life of a Washington, DC neighborhood.
Wednesday, January 23
7pm NATURE “Attenborough’s Life Stories, Part 1” -- David Attenborough reflects on memorable wildlife footage, including catching a komodo dragon. Part 2 will air next Wednesday at 7pm.
8pm NOVA “Rise of the Drones” -- The explosive growth of airborne pilotless drones is transforming the armed forces of every nation.
Thursday, January 24
7pm STATELINE #1403 “Crumbling Capitol” -- A look at the disrepair and deterioration of the Oklahoma State Capitol building.
"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!