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 2/17 to 2/23
Written by Holly on Friday February 17, 2012
Friday, Feb 17
7pm OKLAHOMA NEWS REPORT-- An Oklahoma U.S. Representative and U.S. Senator are at the forefront of the national debate over the future of agriculture subsidies and the 2012 Farm Bill… While statewide smoking rates are falling, increasing numbers of teens are lighting up… Higher demand since the recession has increased pressure on one state agency that helps put disabled Oklahomans in the workforce… The wind power industry is exploding in Oklahoma and the job market in turbine repair is exploding, too… Logan Layden of StateImpact Oklahoma tells us the wind industry is taking off as federal wind energy tax credits are set to expire… Ted Streuli of The Journal Record reviews the week in business… Erin Boeckman of eCapitol discusses the legislative week in @ the Capitol… In our Black History Month segment, we meet an African-American now serving as police chief in a former “sundown town”… And, as pitchers and catchers report to spring training, we look at our state’s early contributions to the national past-time.
Saturday, Feb 18
7:30am SUNUP – OSU Small Grains Extension Specialist Jeff Edwards demonstrates first hollow stem identification in wheat pasture. Plus, cattle breeding season nutrition, high beef prices vs. profits, no-till planter maintenance, drought index, wheat prices and Paul Weisenfeld from USAID.
Sunday, Feb 19
12:30pm OKLAHOMA FORUM – “Legislative Leadership” -- The Big Topic is the 2012 legislative session with guests: Rep. Kris Steele, Speaker of the House… Rep. Scott Inman, House Democratic Leader… Sen. Clark Jolley, Senate Appropriations Committee Chair… Sen. Sean Burrage, Senate Democratic Leader
3pm OKLAHOMA HORIZON -- Crime & Punishment - Oklahoma County District Attorney David Prater wants to work on keeping people out of prison rather than putting them behind bars… Prison Reform - Oklahoma Speaker of the House Kris Steele discusses new criminal justice reforms he believes need to be approved this legislative session… Eddie Warrior - Remembering a man, whose family arrived in Oklahoma well before statehood, had a prison named after him and was inducted into the Oklahoma African-American Educators Hall of Fame's inaugural class.
8pm DOWNTON ABBEY – Tonight is the last episode of the new series. As with the first series, there are still loose ends!! No real cliff-hangers, but you might be left wondering what will happen to Mr. Bates & Anna and Lady Edith & Sir Anthony Strallan. A third series is in the works. We’ll all just have to wait until next year to see it! In the meantime, here’s a fun site: http://downtonabbey.wikia.com/wiki/Downton_Abbey_Wiki
Monday, Feb 20 – Happy President’s Day! (And happy birthday to my mom!)
3:30pm WORDGIRL: THE RISE OF MISS POWER -- Miss Power is the new super hero in town, but she uses mean words against others and may be a super villain. When WordGirl tries to stand up to Miss Power, she is belittled and stripped of her super hero star. Huggy shows WordGirl a book full of secret battle moves from her home planet, Lexicon. Will it be enough to save the city from Miss Power? (This preempts today’s WILD KRATTS.)
8pm CLINTON: AMERICAN EXPERIENCE – This is part 1 of 2 episodes. The second part airs tomorrow at 7pm. Tonight's episodes contain some scenes from the Oklahoma City bombing that some viewers could find disturbing.
Tuesday, Feb 21
9pm FRONTLINE “The Child Cases” – Originally, this episode was supposed to be about cell tower deaths. But there was a recent development in that topic and the episode was pulled so updates could be made. That episode will now air in April. “The Child Cases” is about death cases involving medical evidence that was later found to be unreliable are investigated.
Wednesday, Feb 22
7pm NATURE “Ocean Giants: Giant Lives/ Deep Thinkers/ Voices Of The Sea” – Three-hour NATURE episode. The great whales such as the blue and the bowhead are the largest animals that have ever lived on our planet. Yet these mighty leviathans feed on tiny shrimp and sardines. "Giant Lives" discovers why size matters in the world of whales.
Thursday, Feb 23
7pm STATELINE “Faces of Autism” #1205 – Original Airdate 1/06/11
7:30pm PEARL SCOTT: ON TOP OF THE WORLD -- The youngest licensed American pilot ever, Pearl Carter Scott from Marlowe, Oklahoma and friend of Wiley Post is profiled. (GALLERY will return to its usual timeslot in late March.)
9pm BUFFALO BILL’S AMERICAN WEST -- Visions of the American West explores Buffalo Bill Cody's legacy through iconic images and artifacts of the American West from the Buffalo Bill Historical Center in Cody, Wyoming, a Smithsonian Institution Affiliate. Stunning high definition footage of artistic masterworks help paint a portrait of the man who embodied the spirit of the West in all its complexities, while telling the story of western expansion. Warmly narrated by singer / songwriter Ed Bruce, Visions will appeal to art lovers, history buffs, and "wild west" enthusiasts of all ages.
9:30pm POV #2415 “Racing Dreams” -- This program follows three young racers as they compete in the World Karting Association's National Pavement Series. Clocking speeds of up to 70 mph, these kids chase the National Championship title and take one step closer toward their dream of someday racing in NASCAR.
Programming Notes 2/10 to 2/16
Written by Holly on Friday February 10, 2012
Friday, Feb 10
10:25pm DOCTOR WHO “The 11th Hour” – We still don’t have the next new season of DOCTOR WHO, so we’re beginning Series 5 again, Matt Smith’s first season as the Doctor. We’ll air new episodes when we have them.
7:30am SUNUP – Experts explain why some producers are seeing yellow wheat in their fields. Plus, nitrogen-rich strips, topdressing and GreenSeeker technology during a visit to Major County. Also, soil moisture, WASDE report, optimal bull-to-cow ratio, pasture recovery during drought and heating PVC pipe to make a coupler.
8pm MICHAEL FEINSTEIN’S AMERICAN SONGBOOK – This four-part series feeds on Friday nights, but we’re airing them on Saturday nights. You can see a repeat of the first season of this series on Saturdays at 5pm on OKLA.
12:30pm OKLAHOMA FORUM – “Capitol Reporters Roundtable” – Discussion of the start of the 2012 legislative session with state capitol reporters with guests: Michael McNutt, The Oklahoman and NewsOK… Michael Cross, KOSU Radio... M. Scott Carter, The Journal Record… Shawn Ashley, eCapitol
8pm MASTERPIECE “Downton Abbey, Part 6” – This is the second to the last episode. Brace yourself.
8pm SLAVERY BY ANOTHER NAME -- Reveals the interlocking forces that enabled "neoslavery" to begin and persist from 1865 to 1945.
9:30pm NOT IN OUR TOWN: CLASS ACTIONS -- This program tells the stories of a suburban California school district, a mid-western college town and a college campus in the heart of the South where people are working together to stop hate and intolerance, and activitating their communities to create safer, more accepting environments for everyone. "Not In Our Town: Class Actions" profiles local innovators -- a teacher who starts an anti-bullying program at her school, then spreads it to five districts; diverse leaders in a college town who bring students, local officials and community members together after a wave of bias attacks; and a coalition of students who take positive action when their core values are threatened.
7pm TUPPERWARE! AMERICAN EXPERIENCE – In the 1950s, American women discovered they could earn thousands -- even millions -- of dollars from bowls that burped. "Tupperware ladies" fanned out across the nation's living rooms, selling efficiency and convenience to their friends and neighbors through home parties. Bowl by bowl, they built an empire that now spans the globe. This documentary, narrated by Kathy Bates, reveals the secret behind Tupperware's success: the women of all shapes, sizes and backgrounds who discovered they could move up in the world without leaving the house. "Tupperware!" charts the origins of the small plastics company that unpredictably became a cultural phenomenon.
8pm FRONTLINE “The Interrupters” -- Three former Chicago criminals place themselves in the line of fire to protect their communities.
10pm ROLL CALL #112 – Sen. Brian Crain-R, Rep. Corey Williams-D, Rep. Jason Murphey-R
10:30pm STATE OF CREATIVITY #301 “Relationships” -- Relationships. Unless someone is living under a rock, they have them. That one special relationship is what everyone desires, but it takes creativity to find a relationship and make it flourish. The next State of Creativity takes us on a journey of discovery as couples from around the state to give us an intimate look into their world of love. From challenges of long distance to longevity, see how Oklahoma couples are building life long relationships.
7pm NATURE “The Himalayas”
8pm NOVA “Extreme Cave Diving”
9pm CAVE PEOPLE OF THE HIMALAYAS – A combination of the 7pm and 8pm programs? Somebody at PBS is clever.
7pm STATELINE “UCO CSI” #1303 – Examines the UCO Forensic Science Institute, what it does and how it benefits Oklahoma. (Original Broadcast 2/02/12)
7:30pm GALLERY “On Pointe in OKC” #1106 -- Go backstage with the Oklahoma City Ballet and find out how everyone works to make sure all Oklahomans discover a new appreciation for the "Pointe" of OKC. (Original Broadcast 2/10/11)
9pm U.S. HEALTH CARE: THE GOOD NEWS -- One small community in the Colorado oil patch near the Utah border delivers the highest value-for-the-money health care in the United States, and in the process covers nearly everyone in town. How do they do it? Could other communities do it, too? Correspondent T.R. Reid interviews health policy experts at the Dartmouth Institute before heading to Colorado and other places in the U.S. where doctors and hospitals are working hard to provide excellent health care at reasonable cost.
Sprout is not OETA
Written by Holly on Wednesday January 25, 2012
If you've watched Sprout recently, you may have seen crawls and messages telling you to call DirecTV and tell them to leave the Sprout channel alone. We'd like you to know that we have nothing to do with that. Sprout and OETA are completely separate entities.
It's hard not to think of Sprout as a PBS channel or even an OETA channel. It has a lot of the same programming as OETA, especially the OETA Kids Channel (#114 on Cox Digital Cable). But actually, Sprout is a partnership between Comcast, HIT Entertainment, PBS and Sesame Workshop, with PBS having a minority interest in the channel.
Over the last year, Sprout has been negotiating with DirecTV to renew its carriage and distribution terms. DirecTV is planning to move Sprout to a premium tier of service, which requires subscribers to pay an additional fee. At this time, DirecTV and Sprout have not been able to reach agreement, and as a result, Sprout may be unavailable on DirecTV starting next month.
Sprout is asking customers of DirecTV to request that Sprout remain in its current position by calling a toll-free number (1-866-9-SPROUT) or visiting the dedicated microsite SaveSprout.com.
All Sprout viewers, regardless of their service provider, will see a crawl as well as on-air spots alerting customers to the change on DirecTV. But nothing is changing for Sprout viewers who have AT&T or Cox.
Programming Notes 1/13 to 1/19
Written by Holly on Friday January 13, 2012
Friday, Jan 13
7pm ONR -- Evaluating teacher effectiveness is about to undergo a major change… At Oklahoma’s Ft. Sill Army Post, special training helps soldiers adjust to civilian life after returning from the battlefield… Making the difficult choice of who gets help paying their winter heating bill and who gets put out in the cold… Poverty casts a long shadow over a small western Oklahoma city along state Highway 9… Logan Layden of StateImpact Oklahoma reveals new findings about the depth of poverty in our state… U.S. Senator Tom Coburn discusses cutbacks in military spending… Ted Streuli of The Journal Record reviews the week in business… And, in our Newsmaker Interview we talk to public broadcasting icon Bill Moyers.
GREAT PERFORMANCES: LET ME DOWN EASY – PBS is feeding this tonight. We’re airing it Saturday at 5pm on OKLA.
Saturday, Jan 14
7:30am SUNUP – An overview of a new OSU research project on crop planting. Plus, the latest USDA crop estimates, ideal heifer size at first breeding, beef market analysis, drought monitor, herbicide-resistant weeds and repairing power tools.
12:30pm OKLAHOMA FORUM – “Senator Tom Coburn” – Discussion of the federal budget, military spending, the “Gang of Six” and more.
5pm MOYERS & COMPANY -- Bill Moyers returns to public television with this weekly, hour-long series Saturdays at 5pm. It will repeat on OKLA on Sundays at 6pm. HISTORY DETECTIVES will move to Sundays at 6pm on Main, but it won’t be there consistently until after Festival. Tonight’s episode of MOYERS & COMPANY will look at “Winner-Take-All Politics” with guests Jacob Hacker and Paul Pierson, known in some circles as "the Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson of political science.”
6pm MASTERPIECE “Downton Abbey” – This is last week’s premiere of Series 2, Episode 1. This pattern (last week's followed by this week's) will repeat until all of the episodes have aired.
9pm MASTERPIECE “Sherlock” – This incredible series will be shown over the next three Sundays at 9pm. It will preempt ARE YOU BEING SERVED?, which will pick up where it left off starting 2/05. The *new* Sherlock episodes will premiere the first weekend in May.
GREAT PERFORMANCES AT THE MET “Anna Bolena” – This is feeding today. We’re airing it (and all future GREAT PERFORMANCES AT THE MET episodes) on the following Saturdays on OKLA. This particular one starts 4pm on 1/21.
Monday, Jan 16
7pm ANTIQUES ROADSHOW “Tulsa” – Hour 3” – This is the final episode from when they were in Tulsa. All of the Tulsa episodes will air again in the future, but that date is not known.
7pm CUSTER’S LAST STAND: AMERICAN EXPERIENCE -- Explores General Custer's charge at Gettysburg and his death at Battle of the Little Bighorn in 1876.
9pm FRONTLINE “Nuclear Aftershocks” – You may have noticed, starting at the beginning of the year, FRONTLINE moved to Tuesdays at 9pm (formerly 8pm). This is PBS’s scheduling decision, not ours. On tonight’s episode, Miles O'Brien examines the implications of the Fukushima accident in Japan for U.S. nuclear safety.
10pm ROLL CALL #108 – Representative Gus Blackwell-R, Senator Susan Paddack-D, Representative Jeannie McDaniel-D.
Wednesday, Jan 18
8pm NOVA “3D Spies in WWII” -- During World War II, Hitler's scientists developed terrifying new weapons of mass destruction. Alarmed by mythomane rumors about advanced rockets and missiles, Allied intelligence recruited a team of brilliant minds from British universities and Hollywood studios to a country house near London. Here, they secretly pored over millions of air photos shot at great risk over German territory by specially converted, high-flying Spitfires. Peering at the photos through 3D stereoscopes, the team spotted telltale clues that revealed hidden Nazi rocket bases. The photos led to devastating Allied bombing raids that were crucial setbacks to the German rocket program and helped ensure the success of the D-Day landings. With 3D graphics that recreate exactly what the photo spies saw, NOVA tells the suspenseful, previously untold story of air photo intelligence that played a vital role in defeating Hitler.
7pm STATELINE #603 “Graybar Hotel” – A look at Oklahoma's county jails. Cramped and crumbling, many county lock-ups are the center of controversy and contention, while others have come through a new construction "boom" in the past. "Stateline" checks into some of the state's 77county holding facilities in various states of repair and under various methods of administration. (Original Broadcast Date: 11/09/04)
7:30pm GALLERY #404 -- Retired Air Force Lt. General Tom Stafford takes time to talk about his incredible journeys… Reenactment of a summer cattle drive up part of the train from the Red River to the Kansas border… The Chisholm Trail Heritage Museum started small and now has a new 14-thousand square foot home including a state of the art interactive theatre. (Original Broadcast Date: 1/04/08)
9pm INDEPENDENT LENS “Have You Heard from Johannesburg?” -- This five-part mini-series chronicles the unprecedented international movement of citizen activists who fought for three decades to bring down the brutal, racist system of apartheid in South Africa when their governments would not. This series started last week. Tonight’s episodes are 3 and 4. Next week will be the finale at 10pm.
Holiday Programming on OETA
Written by Holly on Monday December 5, 2011
Fa la la la la!! This is my favorite time of year! We've been planning the December schedule since September, back when it was still warm outside. It's gone through several incarnations because of some core program changes from PBS, but this is mostly likely the final draft. We hope you like it!
Here is a list of the programs airing in chronological order on our Main channel.
Christmas with the King Family -- Sat. 12/10 @ 8 PM
Christmas with Daniel O'Donnell -- Sun. 12/11 @ 6 PM
Christmas with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir Featuring David Archuleta and Michael York -- Tue. 12/13 @ 7 PM
Purdue Christmas -- Tue. 12/13 @ 8 PM
Christmas with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir Featuring David Archuleta and Michael York -- Wed. 12/14 @ 3 AM
Christmas with Daniel O'Donnell -- Wed. 12/14 @ 5 AM
Live from Lincoln Center George Balanchine's "The Nutcracker" -- Wed. 12/14 @ 7 PM
Christmas with the Celts -- Thu. 12/15 @ 7 PM
Celtic Thunder Christmas -- Thu. 12/15 @ 9 PM
Orla Fallon's Celtic Christmas -- Thu. 12/15 @ 10 PM
Christmas with Annie Moses Band -- Sat. 12/17 @ 8 PM
Straight No Chaser-Live in New York: Holiday Edition -- Sun. 12/18 @ 6 PM
Lidia Celebrates America "Holiday Tables & Traditions" -- Tue. 12/20 @ 7 PM
Christmas at St. Olaf -- Tue. 12/20 @ 8 PM
Nature: Christmas in Yellowstone -- Wed. 12/21 @ 7 PM
Christmas at Belmont -- Thu. 12/22 @ 7 PM
Christmas Concert from Norway 2011 -- Thu. 12/22 @ 9 PM
Lights: Celebrate Hanukkah Live in Concert -- Thu. 12/22 @ 10 PM
Travelscope: Christmas in Switzerland -- Fri. 12/23 @ 7 PM
European Christmas Markets -- Fri. 12/23 @ 7:30 PM
Trans-Siberian Orchestra: The Ghosts of Christmas Eve -- Fri. 12/23 @ 8:30 PM
Red Green It's A Merry Red Green Christmas -- Fri . 12/23 @ 9:15 PM
Lidia Celebrates "America Holiday Tables & Traditions" -- Sat. 12/24 @ 2 PM
"Carols Then and Now" from the Mormon Tabernacle Choir -- Sat. 12/24 @ 5:30 PM
Nature: Christmas in Yellowstone -- Sat. 12/24 @ 3 PM
James Stewart: A Wonderful Life -- Sat. 12/24 @ 4 PM
Lawrence Welk Christmas -- Sat. 12/24 @ 7 PM
Trans-Siberian Orchestra: The Ghosts of Christmas Eve -- Sun. 12/25 @ 5 AM
Prima Princessa Presents the Nutcracker -- Sun. 12/25 @ 6 AM
Christmas Concert from Norway 2011 -- Sun. 12/25 @ 7 AM
Great Performances: Andrea Bocelli & David Foster: My Christmas in Concert -- Sat. 12/25 @ 8AM
Orla Fallon's Celtic Christmas -- Sun. 12/25 @ 9 AM
Christmas with Annie Moses Band -- Sun. 12/25 @ 10 AM
Christmas with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir Featuring David Archuleta and Michael York -- Sun. 12/25 @ 11 AM
Christmas at St. Olaf -- Sun. 12/25 @ 12 PM
Christmas at Belmont -- Sun. 12/25 @ 1 PM
Nature: Christmas in Yellowstone -- Sun. 12/25 @ 2 PM
Lidia Celebrates America "Holiday Tables & Traditions" -- Sun. 12/25 @ 3 PM
Christmas with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir Featuring David Archuleta and Michael York -- Sun. 12/25 @ 4 PM
Lawrence Welk Christmas -- Sun. 12/25 @ 5pm
Travelscope: Christmas in Switzerland -- Sun. 12/25 at 6pm
European Christmas Markets -- Sun. 12/25 @ 6:30pm
Nature: Christmas in Yellowstone -- Sun. 12/25 @ 7 PM
Lawrence Welk New Years -- Sat. 12/31 @ 5 PM
Live from Lincoln Center Bernstein and Gershwin -- Sat. 12/31 @ 8 PM
Coldplay New Year's Eve: An Austin City Limits Special -- Sat. 12/31 @ 11 PM
Lawrence Welk New Years -- Sun. 01/01 @ 5 PM
You may have heard about some Christmas programs airing on other PBS stations that you don't see in our schedule. This is because most other PBS stations are holding December pledge drive right now and they are airing pledge programs at this time. We do not have a December pledge drive, so you won't see those programs on OETA. However, some of the non-holiday pledge programs might air during our March pledge drive, so stay tuned!