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 10/11 to 10/17
Written by Holly on Friday October 11, 2013
Friday, October 11
7pm ONR -- Oklahomans eager to enroll in the federal Health Insurance Marketplace hit some snags while applying online… As the government shutdown continues, growing numbers of Oklahomans are feeling the impact… Technology helps an Oklahoma school protect athletes from the risk of permanent brain injury… An Oklahoma college prepares students for environmental jobs at water and wastewater treatment plants… More than 500 attend Governor Fallin’s energy conference to learn about the future of energy in Oklahoma… Despite declining numbers elsewhere, alcohol-related traffic deaths are still high in Oklahoma… It’s not exactly “Velvet Elvis,” but an Oklahoma artist is leading a resurgence of art on velvet… And, Ted Streuli of The Journal Record reviews the week in business.
Saturday, October 12
7:30am SUNUP -- SUNUP travels to northeast Oklahoma to learn about how research, policy changes and mandatory training through the Poultry Waste Management Education program have addressed environmental concerns and helped improve waterways like the Illinois River. Also: poultry litter use as fertilizer for cropland; government shutdown; grain and cattle market analysis; drought; protein supplements and the Rural Economic Outlook Conference.
Sunday, October 13
12:30pm OKLAHOMA FORUM – “Income Inequality” – Discussion of the growing wage and income gap with: Jonathan Willner, Ph.D., Chair, Department of Economics and Finance, Oklahoma City University Meinders School of Business… Fred Morgan, President, State Chamber of Oklahoma… David Blatt, Director, Oklahoma Policy Institute
6pm SPECIAL OLYMPICS OKLAHOMA 2013 – Locally produced documentary about Oklahoma’s Special Olympics.
6:30pm EXPLORE ADA #301 “Back to the Wild” -- For more information about this series, viewers can go to the city of Ada’s website.
8pm MASTERPIECE CLASSIC “Downton Abbey, Series II, Part 1” – It’s baaaaaack! Only in repeats right now, with Seasons 2 and 3, leading us to the premiere of Season 4 on January 5th, 2014.
Monday, October 14
9pm POV “56 Up” (2.5 hours) -- In 1964, a group of British seven-year-olds were interviewed about their lives and dreams in a groundbreaking television documentary, "Seven Up." Since then, in one of the greatest projects in television history, renowned director Michael Apted has returned to film the same subjects every seven years, tracking their ups and downs. POV, which presented the U.S. broadcast premiere of "49 Up" in 2007, returns with "56 Up" to find the group settling into middle age and surprisingly upbeat. Through marriage and childbirth, poverty and illness, the "kids" have come to terms with both hope and disappointment.
11:30pm LAST OF THE SUMMER WINE only airs once tonight. No episodes have been skipped.
Tuesday, October 15
7pm SUPERHEROES: A NEVER-ENDING BATTLE -- This 3-hour program examines the art form of the comic book superhero and its complex relationship with American culture.
10pm THE SMARTEST TEAM -- Explores how football programs and athletes can reduce the occurrence and effects of concussions by playing smarter.
Wednesday, October 16
7pm NATURE “Saving Otter 501” -- The Monterey Bay Aquarium's 501st attempt to save a stranded orphan otter is detailed.
8pm NOVA “Making Stuff…” -- David Pogue explores the cutting-edge science powering the next wave of technological innovation.
9pm RAW TO READY “Bentley” -- The massive Komatsu 930-E is a two-story-tall dump truck with a load capacity of 320 tons.
10pm CARDBOARD BERNINI -- The work and life of artist James Grashow is explored as he builds a giant cardboard fountain.
Thursday, October 17
7pm STATELINE #1503 “Frightseeing in Oklahoma” – Investigating the paranormal in Oklahoma and the business and tourism that stems from it. (PREMIERE)
9pm DOC MARTIN “Always On My Mind” -- Phil Pratt accuses the doctor of killing his wife Helen when he comes to their house to treat her.
10pm CALL THE MIDWIFE HOLIDAY SPECIAL -- Christmas comes early for Call the Midwife with this holiday special. (If anyone says we’re celebrating the holidays too early, let them know we’re just airing the episodes in chronological order and this was the time for the holiday special.)
Children's Programming Changes
Written by Holly on Monday October 7, 2013
Starting Monday, you’ll notice several changes to the children’s schedule. Some of those changes are due to new programs being offered through PBS. Some changes are due to PBS putting programs only on the weekends, and some changes are being made in response to OETA viewer requests.
PEG + CAT, produced by the Fred Rogers Company, is an exciting new addition to the children’s lineup. PEG + CAT follows spirited Peg and her sidekick named Cat as they solve problems and learn foundational math concepts and skills. This series joins the morning block at 8am, pushing SUPERWHY to 10:30am. Over the past year, DANIEL TIGER’S NEIGHBORHOOD quickly became a favorite among our younger audience and their parents. Because of this, we’ve added a second broadcast, weekdays at 2:30pm, which pushes MARTHA SPEAKS to 3pm. Another popular series is WILD KRATTS. Preschool and grade school children have told us that it is their #1 favorite. We’ve added another broadcast during the day for the preschool children at 12pm. The afternoon WILD KRATTS timeslot moves down to 4:30pm in place of ELECTRIC COMPANY.
Because of the change in the satellite feeds of some programs, we’ve had to change the times that they begin. We understand that the changes can greatly disrupt preschoolers’, parents’ and daycare providers’ schedules, and we regret that. Some of the changes include sliding SID THE SCIENCE KID half an hour later to begin at 11am. THOMAS & FRIENDS makes a bigger leap, moving to the morning at 11:30am. The afternoon repeat of CURIOUS GEORGE will begin half an hour earlier at 1:30pm. And the programs most enjoyed by school age children, ARTHUR, WORDGIRL and WILD KRATTS, all move down half an hour to begin their block at 3:30pm.
ELECTRIC COMPANY, WORDWORLD and BARNEY & FRIENDS have been taken off the weekday schedule starting October 7th. PBS will now only feed them on the weekends. Rather than taking them off the air completely, we have included them in our OKLA and KIDS channel lineups. ELECTRIC COMPANY can be seen on OETA Kids on Sundays at 2:30pm. WORDWORLD can be seen on OKLA on Saturdays at 11:30am. BARNEY & FRIENDS feeds Saturday mornings at 5am and airs on the OKLA channel. We know that some viewers are incredibly loyal to these programs and that some teachers include them in their curriculum. We hope that you’ll be able to use the online resources and videos available online at pbskids.org and pbskids.org/go.
Our OETA Kids and OKLA channel lineups have changed as well. As with our main OETA channel, these changes happen every year. The good news is they only usually happen once per year.
Programming Notes 10/04 to 10/10
Written by Holly on Thursday October 3, 2013
Friday, October 4
7pm ONR -- U.S. Representative Tom Cole discusses the partial shutdown of the federal government in a Newsmaker Interview… We examine how the shutdown of the federal government and sequester cuts have affected SNAP benefits… In a special “It’s Your Government” feature, we go inside the office of Governor Mary Fallin… An innovative education program called City Year comes to Tulsa to work on improving graduation rates… Living with Alzheimer’s is a way of life for many Oklahomans… We learn about the importance of early detection to prevent deaths from prostate cancer… Is raw milk making a comeback in the marketplace? We discuss with Logan Layden of StateImpact Oklahoma… Two historic football stadiums are getting facelifts and a new lease on life… And, Ted Streuli of The Journal Record reviews the week in business.
10:30pm DOCTOR WHO – NEW SEASON BEGINS!! “Asylum of the Daleks” is one of the best episodes ever produced and it introduces us to Jenna Louise Coleman who will later become the Eleventh Doctor’s companion. And notice the new start time! The episodes will begin at 10:30pm instead of 10:23pm. Easier to find, plan for and record.
2:30am (Overnight) GREAT PERFORMANCES “The Hollow Crown” – This four-part miniseries four of Shakespeare's History Plays into a single chronological narrative - Henry IV Part II airs tonight at 2:30am on our Main channel and airs on 8pm Friday night at 8pm on OKLA.
Saturday, October 5
7:30am SUNUP -- SUNUP discusses how the government shutdown and expiration of the farm bill could impact Oklahoma producers. Also: farmer's markets, vegetable production, USDA Under Secretary for Marketing and Regulatory Programs, drought monitor, October temperature and rainfall outlook, wheat prices, replacement heifers, troublshooting mechanical problems and prescribed burning certification.
12:30pm THIS OLD HOUSE and ASK THIS OLD HOUSE – New season begins!
8pm ELTON JOHN: IN CONCERT – During this 90min special, viewers will have a once in a lifetime opportunity to get a copy of this concert for their home library. We’ll be taking calls during this program from viewers who’d like to become members of OETA.
9:30pm OETA MOVIE CLUB – “Splendor in the Grass” – Starts half an hour late tonight due to Elton John.
Sunday, October 6
12:30pm OKLAHOMA FORUM #1114 – Local discussion of football related injuries with guests: Jeff McKibbin, Program Director, Graduate Athletic Training Education Program and former Athletic Trainer, University of Central Oklahoma… Pat Bellgowan, Director of Cognitive Neuroscience, Laureate Institute for Brain Research… Dan Newman, Head Athletic Trainer, Union Public Schools
6pm THE TEACH-IN ON THE GREAT DEPRESSION AND WWII -- Pulitzer Prize-winning authors, David Kennedy and David McCullough, join lead historians at the University of Oklahoma to discuss this crucial period in American history. This will re-air on 10/09 at 5am, 10/12 at 6am and 10/29 at 10pm.
7pm LAST TANGO IN HALIFAX – People who are watching this series will love this episode! No spoilers…
8pm MASTERPIECE CLASSIC “The Paradise, Part 1 of 7” -- Denise Lovett, a young and ambitious country girl, takes a job at a glittering department store. Tonight’s episode is two hours long, but the rest of them are only 60min.
10pm AS TIME GOES BY – This takes the place of ARE YOU BEING SERVED due to some rights issues. Broadcast rights for AS TIME GOES BY and KEEPING UP APPEARANCES expire early next year.
11pm DOC MARTIN “Aromatherpy” -- Local radio host Caroline Bosman may have a drinking problem. Martin tends to stinky Vernon Cooke.
Monday, October 7
New children’s programming lineups starts today. I’ll post separately about that.
9pm POV “Brooklyn Castle” -- A look at how chess became a Brooklyn public school's unlikely inspiration for academic success.
Tuesday, October 8
7pm IN PERFORMANCE AT THE WHITE HOUSE ‘Fiesta Latina” – This was originally going to be “Musica Latina” but they had to delay taping due to the shooting at the DC Navy Yard. “Musica Latina” will now air in early November.
8pm FRONTLINE “League of Denial: The NFL’s Concussion Crisis” – We’ve been waiting on this one! It’s a biggie! An investigation into the NFL and brain injuries reveals the true health risks to football players. (2 hours)
10pm OKLAHOMA FORUM #1114 – Local discussion of football related injuries with guests: Jeff McKibbin, Program Director, Graduate Athletic Training Education Program and former Athletic Trainer, University of Central Oklahoma… Pat Bellgowan, Director of Cognitive Neuroscience, Laureate Institute for Brain Research… Dan Newman, Head Athletic Trainer, Union Public Schools
10:30pm JOHN WOODEN: THE INDIANA STORY – After all of that heavy talk about football injuries, it’s time to enjoy a look back at the life of John Wooden, the legendary basketball coach and inspirational teacher. Told through archival photos and interviews, we’ll see Wooden’s farm upringing, his courtship of the girl-next-door, his service in World War II, his basketball heroics and his seven seasons in the National Basketball League, his time learning the coaching trade and his record-setting career at UCLA.
Wednesday, October 9
8pm NOVA “Megastorm Aftermath” -- An investigation of Hurricane Sandy focuses on the critical questions raised by the historic storm.
9pm SECRETS OF THE DEAD “The Man Who Saved the World” -- Follow the drama surrounding the B-59 Soviet submarine during a critical point in the Cold War.
10pm A COMPANY OF HEROES -- Follow the drama surrounding the B-59 Soviet submarine during a critical point in the Cold War.
Thursday, October 10
7pm GALLERY #1403 -- FEEL THE VELVET, BABY! Artist Trent Lawson and BLACK AND WHITE: The Sketches of Charles Keller (Premiere)
8pm GLOBE TREKKER #1202 – We’re repeating episodes from earlier in the season while the production crew takes a break. We’ll have new episodes in November.
9pm DOC MARTIN “Aromatherpy” -- Local radio host Caroline Bosman may have a drinking problem. Martin tends to stinky Vernon Cooke.
10pm CALL THE MIDWIFE #208 – This is the final regular episode of this series. Next week will be the “holiday special” and then we’ll go to “Secrets of…” episodes.
Programming Notes 9/27 to 10/03
Written by Holly on Friday September 27, 2013
Friday, September 27
7pm ONR -- Human trafficking crimes are on the rise in Oklahoma as technology helps predators attract their victims… In a Newsmaker Interview, U.S. Senator Tom Coburn says debate over the Affordable Care Act is interfering with dealing with government funding and the national debt… Open enrollment for health insurance coverage under the Affordable Care Act begins on October 1. In an ONR Extra, we go to an Oklahoma Watch health care forum to learn more about the process… The Hispanic community gives new life to an old property through a celebration of culture… As Oklahoma enters its secondary severe storm season, we visit the National Weather Center… KOSU Radio opens a new facility with an artistic nod to vinyl records… And, M. Scott Carter of The Journal Record reviews the week in business.
GREAT PERFORMANCES “The Hollow Crown: Henry IV, Part 1” – This is the second of four adaptations of Shakespeare’s history plays. These are broadcast in their entirety during the overnight hours on Main Friday nights/Saturday mornings. They air on OKLA during prime time on Friday nights at 8pm. They are also viewable online after their premiere date. http://video.pbs.org/program/great-performances/
Saturday, September 28
7:30am SUNUP -- SUNUP discusses fall hay meadow management and its impact on cattle nutrition. Also: Mesonet weather, wheat prices, prussic acid poisoning in cattle, USDA Cattle on Feed report, one-on-one with the director of the USDA's National Institute of Food and Agriculture, benefits of probiotics and highlights from the Tulsa State Fair.
Sunday, September 29
12:30pm OKLAHOMA FORUM – “Health Care” -- We discuss the Affordable Care Act and Insure Oklahoma with: Nico Gomez, Chief Executive Officer, Oklahoma Health Care Authority… Matt Ball, Oklahoma Director, Americans for Prosperity… Andrew Rice, former state senator and Executive Director, Variety Care Foundation… Katherine Schierman, M.D., State Director, Doctors for America
1pm CURRENT CONVERSATIONS – This program was produced at OU and preempts MCLAUGHLIN GROUP and RELIGION & ETHICS NEWSWEEKLY this week. This is the second time we’ve preempted MCLAUGHLIN and RELIGION, but they will return next week. In the meantime, this week’s episode can be seen tonight in prime time on OKLA and online.
8pm MASTERPIECE MYSTERY “Foyle’s War: Sunflower” – This is the final this round of Foyle’s War. Next week starts “Suspicion.” The first episode will be 2 hours. Then they go to one hour each week, followed by “Downton Abbey” Season 2 at 9pm. Squeeeee!
Monday, September 30
8pm GENEALOGY ROADSHOW “Detroit” – This is the second of four episodes. People are curious how to be a part of this program. We haven’t been given any information about that.
9pm INDEPENDENT LENS “Don’t Stop Believin’: Everyman’s Journey” -- This film follows the real life rock 'n' roll fairy tale of Filipino Arnel Pineda, who was plucked from YouTube to become the front man for iconic American rock band Journey. In this Cinderella story for the ages, Arnel, having overcome a lifetime's worth of hardships, must now navigate the immense pressures of replacing a legendary singer and leading a world-renowned band on their most extensive world tour in years.
Tuesday, October 1
7pm LATINO AMERICANS #105 – This is the final two-hour episode. Labor leaders organize farm workers in California and activists push for education opportunities.
9pm FRONTLINE “Inside Japan’s Nuclear Meltdown” -- The crisis inside the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear complex after the 2011 tsunami is investigated.
10pm WHO CARES ABOUT KELSEY? -- A high school student transforms from a disruptive "problem student" to a motivated young woman.
Wednesday, October 2
8pm NOVA “Inside the Megastorm” -- Experts, scientists and survivors discuss of Hurricane Sandy and the future of storm protection.
9pm QUEST FOR THE LOST MAYA -- This program explores archaeological evidence of a previously unknown Mayan society based in the Yucatan Penisula of southern Mexico. The film surveys their dramatic rise to prominence in the "preclassic era" of the Maya (800-700BC) as well as new evidence of the collapse of their civilization in the 800-900s AD.
10pm VOCES ON PBS “Tales of the Masked Men” -- Explore "lucha libre" and its role in Latino communities in the United States and Mexico. Part circus and part athletic contest, the sport, famous for its masked wrestlers, provides a sense of "home" for new immigrants in the United States. It also continues to expand and build on its unique cultural tradition in countries where it enjoys enduring popularity. Simultaneously, lucha libre is contributing a lasting cultural idiom to America's pop culture landscape.
Thursday, October 3
7pm STATELINE #1501 “Storm Center” -- Looks at the professionals that forecast severe weather in Oklahoma and explores revolutionary new equipment coming in the future. Their forecasting abilities save thousands of lives during tornado season. (Original broadcast 7/11/13) This is the only time this episode is airing this month. The premiere of “Frightseeing in Oklahoma” airs October 17th and repeats Halloween night.
8pm GLOBE TREKKER “Route 66 & Beyond” – This is a repeat of the Season 12 premiere. No new GLOBE TREKKER episodes until November 7th.
9pm DOC MARTIN “Blood is Thicker” -- Graham Orchard, a Salvation Army member, arrives in Portwenn to try to trace a missing woman.
10pm CALL THE MIDWIFE Season Two encores are winding to a close. Only two more episodes after tonight. Then we’ll go back to Henry VIII’s castle!
Programming Notes 9/20 to 9/26
Written by Holly on Friday September 20, 2013
Friday, September 20
7pm ONR -- Education officials voice concerns after a new report shows that Oklahoma leads the nation in education spending cuts… The state’s lone Mandarin Chinese immersion program is proving to be a great success helping students not only learn a new language, but connect with a new culture… After years of studies and meetings, a passenger rail service between Oklahoma City and Tulsa still is still not on track… The state’s housing marking is enjoying a boost, thanks in part to another key industry… Even though a national survey suggests small businesses are in a holding pattern, one Oklahoma City district is bustling with commerce, and a sense of community… And, Ted Streuli of The Journal Record reviews the week in business.
2:30am (Overnight) GREAT PERFORMANCES “The Hollow Crown” – This four-part miniseries four of Shakespeare's History Plays into a single chronological narrative - Richard II, Henry IV Parts I & II, and Henry V. They are not being shown in prime time on our Main channel. We will carry them in their entirety in the overnight hours for those who can record them. We will also air on our OKLA channel Friday nights starting at 8pm. The series kicks off tonight with “The Hollow Crown: Richard II,” airing on our Main Channel from 2:30am until 5:30am (Saturday morning). They will also be available to be viewed online after they air.
Saturday, September 21
7:30am SUNUP -- Looks at N-Rich Strip techniques producers can use to improve nitrogen levels in fields this fall. Also: Mesonet weather, feed efficiency research, Master Cattleman Summit, drill press technique, grain market analysis, cattle protein supplements, disaster kits, wildlife habitats and sustainable agriculture.
Sunday, September 22
12:30pm OKLAHOMA FORUM – “Oklahoma State Football Accusations” -- We discuss the 5-part series in Sports Illustrated, “The Dirty Game,” which details alleged misconduct in the Oklahoma State University football program, with: John Rohde, Sports Commentator, 107.7 The Franchise… Berry Tramel, Sports Columnist, The Oklahoman and NewsOK.com… Kelly Hines, Sports Reporter, Tulsa World
1pm to 5pm LEWIS & CLARK: THE JOURNEY OF THE CORPS OF DISCOVERY – This special presentation of Ken Burns’ documentary preempts several regular Sunday afternoon programs. All of them can be seen on OKLA this week, except for the travel programs. All programs return to their regular time periods next week.
10pm AS TIME GOES BY – Replaces ARE YOU BEING SERVED in the schedule due to a disagreement between a representative one of the writers and the BBC. The broadcast rights for all of our British comedies expire next spring, so start sending in your suggestions for replacements. Check out our new comment form on our website.
Monday, September 23
9pm POV “Best Kept Secret” -- A high school teacher races to make preparations for her autistic students before graduation.
Tuesday, September 24
7pm LATINO AMERICANS – Trace the World War II years and those that follow, as Latino Americans serve their new country. (Part 2 of 3)
9pm FRONTLINE “Life and Death in Assisted Living” -- A look at the nation's largest assisted living company sheds light on this billion dollar industry.
10pm IS SCHOOL ENOUGH? -- The importance of connecting students into the wider world outside of the classroom is examined.
Wednesday, September 25
8pm NOVA “Secrets of the Viking Sword” -- Science and detective work are used to reconstruct the revolutionary, high-tech Ulfberht sword.
9pm SKELETONS OF THE SAHARA -- A prehistoric human burial ground is discovered in the middle of Africa's large, forbidding desert. Sidenote: The Director of Photography, the Emmy Award-winning Derek Watson, used to work as a photographer/editor here at OETA.
10pm ADVENTISTS 2 -- The Seventh-day Adventists provide health and healing in some of the most remote regions on earth.
Thursday, September 26
7pm GALLERY #1402 -- The art of Jerry Yarnell. (Premiered Sept 12, 2013)
9pm DOC MARTIN “In Loco” -- Louisa seeks a promotion at the Portwenn School. Bert Large is testing out his culinary skills.