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 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.
Written by Holly on Wednesday February 13, 2013
Don't miss NOVA tonight at 8pm!
The episode is titled "Earth From Space" and it's a groundbreaking two-hour special that reveals a spectacular new space-based vision of our planet.
NOVA producers worked with NASA scientists and used satellite data to transform our planet into dazzling visual sequences. In tonight's epsiode, we'll see all of the intricate and surprising forces that sustain life on earth. We'll see how dust blown from the Sahara fertilizes the Amazon; how a vast submarine "waterfall" off Antarctica helps drive ocean currents around the world; and how the sun's heating up of the southern Atlantic gives birth to a colossally powerful hurricane.
From the microscopic world of water molecules vaporizing over the ocean to the magnetic field that is bigger than Earth itself, the show reveals the astonishing beauty and complexity of our dynamic planet.
Now, after that description, how could you miss it?! Okay, if you DO miss it, tune in Saturday morning at 5am or Saturday afternoon at 3pm for encore broadcasts.
Still not convinced? Watch the video here.
Programming Notes 2/08 to 2/14
Written by Holly on Friday February 8, 2013
Friday, February 8
7pm ONR – Dick Pryor is out sick, so Lis Exon will be hosting tonight.
11:15pm OETA MOVIE CLUB 25th Anniversary Double Feature – This is a repeat from last Saturday. The movies are “An Affair to Remember” and “Once.”
Saturday, February 9
7:30am SUNUP -- SUNUP explains current federal crop insurance program options. Plus: animal disease traceability rules; grain and cattle markets; drought monitor; socket wrenches; canola management advice; and oats as forage option during drought.
10:30am AMERICA’S TEST KITCHEN – We’ve stopped repeating the 12th season so that we can bring you the premiere of the 13th season. We love Chris Kimball!
9pm OETA MOVIE CLUB “Hawaii” starring Julie Andrews and Max von Sydow – This is a very long movie, which pushes the repeat of Downton Abbey down to approximately 12:30am.
O K L A – 5pm and 6pm – SHAKESPEARE UNCOVERED – This series has aired on OKLA for the past few Saturdays. It can also be seen online here.
Sunday, February 10
6:30am RELIGION & ETHICS NEWSWEEKLY – TobyMac!! – Grammy Awards will be given to the top performers in music, including the genres of Gospel and Contemporary Christian music. Kim Lawton looks at the growth in Christian music, with strong sales and new success in the mainstream charts and interviews leading Christian recording artists--and 2013 Grammy nominees--TobyMac and rapper Lecrae. (Just a reminder: In order to bring you OKLAHOMA CAPITOL CONNECTION at 1:30pm, we must slide RELIGION & ETHICS down to 6:30am. If this is too late, it also airs on OKLA at 10:30pm on Sunday nights.)
1:30pm OKLAHOMA CAPITOL CONNECTION – This is the second week for this new program. OETA Executive Director Dan Schiedel sits down with legislators and public office holders. This week, he chats with Rep. Marty Quinn, (R) District 9 and Rep. Pat Ownbey, (R) District 48. Each episode of OKLAHOMA CAPITOL CONNECTION will repeat on Tuesday nights at 10pm and several times on OKLA.
7pm MASTERPIECE CLASSIC “Downton Abbey, Season 3, Episode 5” – repeat of last week’s episode
8pm MASTERPIECE CLASSIC “Downton Abbey, Season 3, Episode 6” – premiere (120min)
Monday, February 11
7pm ANTIQUES ROADSHOW – Boston, MA
8pm MARKET WARRIORS – Chantilly, VA
9pm SPACE SHUTTLE COLUMBIA: MISSION OF HOPE -- From the depths of hell to the heights of space, this documentary tells the compelling, untold story of a crewmember's determination to fulfill his "mission within a mission" aboard the space shuttle Columbia. Learn how and why a small Torah scroll that survived the Holocaust was entrusted to Israeli astronaut Ilan Ramon as he lifted into space on Columbia's ultimately ill-fated flight.
Tuesday, February 12
7pm FRONTLINE “Cliffhanger” – This is a different time period for FRONTLINE so that we can bring you the President’s “State of the Union” address at 8pm.
8pm PBS NEWSHOUR SPECIAL REPORT – State of the Union – People wanting to see JOHN D. ROCKEFELLER: AMERICAN EXPERIENCE can set their DVRs for midnight tonight or tune in tomorrow on OKLA at 8pm.
10pm OKLAHOMA CAPITOL CONNECTION – This is a repeat of the Sunday at 1:30pm premiere.
10:30pm DEVON ENERGY CENTER
Wednesday, February 13
7pm NATURE “Cold Warriors: Wolves and Buffalo”
8pm NOVA “Earth from Space” – Special 120min NOVA takes data from earth-observing satellites and transforms it into dazzling visual sequences. I've seen a clip of this episode... STUNNING!
♥ ♥ ♥Thursday, February 14 ♥ ♥ ♥
9am COLONIAL WILLIAMSBURG ELECTRONIC FIELD TRIP – This replaces SESAME STREET in the schedule today only.
7pm STATELINE #1404 “Thunder Boom” – Oklahoma City Thunder Basketball (premiere)
9pm DOC MARTIN “Movement” -- Bert Large opens his own restaurant, but things go wrong when people complain of food poisoning.
10pm CALL THE MIDWIFE #106 – Originally, there was an error and #105 was scheduled to air (out of order) tonight. The mistake has been corrected, but some listings services might still show the wrong information. We are airing them in correct order, regardless of what the listings say.
Religion & Ethics Newsweekly -- New Time!
Written by Holly on Thursday February 7, 2013
In case you missed it, RELIGION & ETHICS NEWSWEEKLY has a new time period. It's on at 6:30am on Sunday mornings on our main HD channel and Sunday nights at 10:30pm on our OKLA channel.
On this week's episode, R&E's Kim Lawton looks at the growth in Christian music, with strong sales and new success in the mainstream charts. She'll interview leading Christian recording artists and 2013 Grammy nominees TobyMac and rapper Lecrae.
Also in this week's episode, Deborah Potter examines the life of Dorothy Day, founder of the Catholic Worker movement 80 years ago. Day became a champion of the poor and now has the unanimous support of the U.S. bishops for canonization, having been called by Cardinal Dolan of New York "a saint for our times."