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 Marathon
Written by Holly on Sunday December 30, 2012
Good news for Whovians without New Year's Eve plans!
Starting at 9am tomorrow (December 31st), we will be giving 18 of our beloved DOCTOR WHO episodes one last broadcast before their broadcast rights expire. They'll run back-to-back with only a legal ID in between each. If you want to see ever frame of video, from opening to closing credits, you'll have to schedule your bathroom breaks and trips to the fridge in the 30 seconds between episodes.
Because the lengths of the episodes vary, the start times will also vary. This might not affect you at all, but I wanted to point it out because it's not something we're used to in the TV world. Everything usually starts at the top or bottom of the hour. Also, if you're DVR'ing these episodes, you might run into some problems setting the start/stop times. I don't know what kind of advice to give you on that. Watch your television guide and our online schedules closely.
The marathon begins with "The Next Doctor," the first the five specials in David Tennant's last season. Then we'll see Matt Smith introduced as the eleventh Doctor and follow his adventures all the way to "The Big Bang." The current season playing on Fridays and Saturday nights will be in next year's marathon plans.
For more information about the individual episodes, take a look at the OKLA tab on the Schedules page.
End-of-Year Specials and Marathons
Written by Holly on Friday December 28, 2012
3pm to 7pm GALLERY marathon
5:30pm STATELINE "Path to a Paycheck"
6pm STATELINE "Power to the People"
6:30pm CALL THE MIDWIFE HOLIDAY SPECIAL
8pm MASTERPIECE "Downton Abbey - Season Two Finale"
8:30pm HOPE OF A NEW YEAR
9pm GREAT PERFORMANCES "Magical Mystery Tour Revisited"
10pm GREAT PERFORMANCES "The Beatles' Magical Mystery Tour"
11pm LAST OF THE SUMMER WINE
Happy New Year!!
12am FRONT ROW CENTER "Cheap Trick"
1am AUSTIN CITY LIMITS "Bonnie Raitt/Mavis Staples"
8:30pm GREAT PERFORMANCES "Broadway Musicals: A Jewish Legacy"
10pm GREAT PERFORMANCES "Billy Joel Live at Shea Stadium"
5pm AMERICAN MASTERS "The Joffrey Ballet: Mavericks of American Dance"
6:30pm DOWNTON ABBEY REVISITED
O K L A -- December 30th
12pm to 3pm COWBOYS IN TALL GRASS marathon
O K L A -- December 31st
9am to 12:30am DOCTOR WHO marathon -- From "The Next Doctor" to "The Big Bang"
Christmas Programming Marathon
Written by Holly on Friday December 21, 2012
Hopefully you've been enjoying our holiday programming since early December. Now it's time to really ramp it up as we get near the big day!
Sunday, December 23rd
6pm Christmas at Belmont
7pm Christmas at Luther: Tidings of Comfort and Joy
10pm Are You Being Served? "Father Christmas Affair"
10:30p Keeping Up Appearances "Christmas Special 1991"
Monday, December 24th
8pm Christmas with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir Featuring Jane Seymour and Nathan Gunn
10pm Candles and Carols
11pm Last of the Summer Wine "Christmas Special 1977: A Merry Heatwave"
11:30p Last of the Summer Wine "Christmsa Special 1979: And a Dewhurst Up a Fir Tree"
12am Last of the Summer Wine "Christmas Special 1981: Whoops"
12:30a Last of the Summer Wine "Christmas Specail 1982: All Mod Conned"
Tuesday, December 25th
6am Lidia Celebrates America "Holiday Tables & Traditions"
7am Happy Holidays: The Best of the Andy Williams Christmas Shows
8am Christmas with the Annie Moses Band
9am Christmas with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir Featuring Jane Seymour and Nathan Gunn
10am Christmas at St. Olaf: Rejoice, Give Thanks, and Sing
11am Christmas at Belmont
12pm Christmas at Luther: Tidings of Comfort and Joy
1pm Mormon Tabernacle Choir Presents The Joy of Song with Katherine Jenkins
2pm Christmas with Nathan Pacheco
3pm Celtic Woman: A Christmas Celebration
4pm Great Performances "Rod Stewart: Merry Christmas, Baby"
Christmas Day on O K L A
Written by Holly on Thursday December 20, 2012
This past week has been a painful one. Media outlets have covered the facts, the people and the grief from the loss of life in Newtown, Connecticutt. Conversations are beggining to take place on how to prevent such tragedies in the future and PBS is stepping forward to lead in the discussions.
To begin that effort, this Friday at 8pm we will be sharing a PBS special "After Newtown," anchored by Gwen Ifill. Drawing on the resources of NEWSHOUR, FRONTLINE, NOVA, WASHINGTON WEEK, and others, this collaborative effort will provide the sort of context and analysis that is unique to public broadcasting.
Obviously the tragedy requires more than just a few days of coverage. PBS is working with its many public media partners to follow up with even more programming. NEWSHOUR, FRONTLINE, NOVA, and others contributing to Friday's special will be working on additional programs which look at the issues from many different perspectives.
"After Newtown" will preempt WASHINGTON WEEK and NEED TO KNOW this week. PBS is not feeding either of those programs, but they will return next week for their annual recap of 2012.
Programming Notes 12/14 to 12/21
Written by Holly on Friday December 14, 2012
Friday, December 14
12:30pm CLIFFORD’S REALLY BIG MOVIE -- 90min special -- Worried that he costs too much to feed, Clifford runs away to join a carnival act and help win a lifetime supply of Tummy Yummies. Due to limited broadcast rights, we are only able to show this once on each of our channels. If you miss it here, you can catch it on OKLA tomorrow at 9am.
9pm THE IRISH ROVERS CHRISTMAS -- A new 60-minute Christmas special from the rollicking music icons who have touched three generations of music lovers with their Irish folk songs. Together now for more than 40 years, the group delivers a spirited set of fun-loving holiday tunes.
O K L A LIVE FROM LINCOLN CENTER "The Richard Tucker Opera Gala" -- This opera can be seen tonight on OKLA at 7pm. It's two hours in length. Soprano Ailyn Perez is joined by baritone Dmitri Hvorostovsky, tenor Stephen Costello and many more.
Saturday, December 15
10:30am AMERICA’S TEST KITCHEN – We will repeat a handful of the episodes from the 12th season while we wait for the 13th season to begin, which should be February 2013.
Sunday, December 16
6pm CELTIC WOMAN: A CHRISTMAS CELEBRATION – We want to fit in as much Christmas programming as we can, so we’re preempting HISTORY DETECTIVES for the next two weeks.
7pm CHRISTMAS WITH THE MORMON TABERNACLE CHOIR FEATURING JANE SEYMOUR AND NATHAN GUNN -- New wonderful Christmas programming from the Mormon Tabernacle Choir!
8pm MASTERPIECE ‘Downton Abbey” – Season Two, episodes 4 and 5
10pm ARE YOU BEING SERVED? – The next two weeks are slightly out of order because we wanted to show the Christmas episodes at Christmastime.
11:30pm VICAR OF DIBLEY – Yes, we're starting over again with this series. We still own the broadcast rights and we don’t want them to go to waste, but we’re considering replacing the series this summer when the rights run out. In the meantime, we still hear from loyal viewers who watch the show every week, even though they’ve seen all of the episodes several times. When you love it, you love it.
Monday, December 17
10pm TRAVELSCOPE: CHRISTMAS IN SWITZERLAND – The 10pm timeslot will be filled with Christmas and special programming until January 7th when MIND OF A CHEF will begin airing at 10pm.
10:30pm WRITING OUT LOUD will air tonight, but it will be preempted the next two weeks for Christmas and special programming. It returns to its normal Monday night timeslot at 10:30pm on January 7th.
Tuesday, December 18
7pm FIRST FREEDOM: THE FIGHT FOR RELIGION LIBERTY – The right of freedom of religion in the United States instigated a fundamental shift in human history. No other aspect of the American Revolution was as intrepid in its own time, or ultimately, as influential worldwide. This program profiles the generation of colonial Americans who raised the ideal of religious freedom to the level of a fundamental human right. And it honors those founders who could not rest until it was carved into law.
8:30pm THE IRANIAN AMERICANS -- This program explores the history and lives of the Iranian American community in the United States. Beginning with the 1979 Iranian Revolution, through the mass immigration of the Iranians to the U.S., the story of the Iranian Americans is a classic American Immigrant story. The Iranian Americans have overcome hardship, including discrimination, to become a great voice in the chorus of the American melting pot.
9:30pm FRONTLINE “From Jesus to Christ: The First Christians, Pt. 1” (two hours) – Drawing upon new and sometimes controversial historical evidence, FRONTLINE transports viewers back two thousand years to the time and place where Jesus of Nazareth once lived and preached and challenges familiar assumptions and conventional notions about the origins of Christianity. The first program traces the life of Jesus of Nazareth, exploring the message that helped his ministry grow and the events that led to his crucifixion around 30 C.E. The film then turns to the period that followed Jesus' death, examining the rise of Christianity and concluding with the first revolt the bloody and violent siege of Jerusalem and the beginning of a rift between Christianity and Judaism. New evidence suggests that Jesus' followers, because of their diversity and the differences in their cultures and languages, looked at and interpreted Jesus and his teachings in many different ways. (Part Two airs next Tuesday at 10pm. It’s also two hours in length.)
11pm LAST OF THE SUMMER WINE will not be seen at 11pm tonight. No episodes are being preempted. The 11:30pm episode picks up where last night’s episodes left off.
Wednesday, December 19
10pm GLOBE TREKKER “Mid-Atlantic States” – This is a repeat of the first episode of this season. The next new episode doesn’t feed until next week. It will air next Wednesday night at 10pm.
Thursday, December 20
7pm CURRIER & IVES: PERSPECTIVES ON AMERICA “Cheap and Popular Pictures” – This is the second of three episodes. “Cheap and Popular Pictures” investigates the process of lithography in detail and what makes a good print. The passion of collectors who seek out the many Currier & Ives prints still in circulation is also looked at as is some of the more popular images and the stories behind them.
9:47pm FIDDLER'S HOLIDAY WITH JAY UNGAR & MOLLY MASON'S FAMILY BAND -- The folk musicians celebrate the holidays with traditional and original tunes with winter themes.
10pm THE BELLS OF CHRISTMAS – This is another new program featuring the outstanding Mormon Tabernacle Choir.
Friday, December 21
9pm GREAT PERFORMANCES “Rod Stewart: Merry Christmas, Baby” -- Legendary rocker Rod Stewart's first solo holiday special, with songs produced by "Hitman" David Foster, features 13 classic songs, ranging from "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas" to "Auld Lang Syne," and including duets with Michael Buble ("Winter Wonderland"), Cee-Lo Green ("Merry Christmas, Baby"), Mary J. Blige ("We Three Kings") and even Ella Fitzgerald ("What Are You Doing on New Year's Eve?") This was produced as a pledge special, so there might not be DVDs or CDs available in the traditional way.