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!
If You Haven't Ever Watched Downton Abbey...
Written by Holly on Wednesday December 5, 2012
If you haven't seen the first two seasons of DOWNTON ABBEY but you'd like to know what all the hubbub's about, this video is for you! You'll be caught up enough to enjoy Season 3 when it begins in January. For those (like me) who have watched Seasons 1 and 2 multiple times, this recap is just plain fun.
There's still time to see the full rebroadcast of Season 2. Tune in after the OETA Movie Club this Saturday night (December 8th) around 11:14pm to see the repeat of Episode 1 of Season 2. The rest of Season 2's episodes will air Sunday nights at 8pm through the month of December. And they all repeat again following the OETA Movie Club each Saturday night.
The premiere of Season 3 begins January 6th at 8pm.
Downton Abbey Revisited
Written by Holly on Friday November 30, 2012
Some of you may have already heard about DOWNTON ABBEY REVISITED. Several PBS stations across the country aired it last Sunday night as part of their December pledge drive. Since OETA doesn't have a full pledge drive in December, we're not airing it until this upcoming Sunday, December 2nd from 6:30pm to 8pm.
DOWNTON ABBEY REVISITED is a fond recollection of favorite moments from Seasons 1 and 2, plus interviews with the actors and creative team and rare behind-the-scenes footage. It will give us a sneak peek at Season 3 and a taste of what’s in store for the Crawleys as they enter the Roaring Twenties. I don't know about you, but I'm SO EXCITED!!
After DOWNTON ABBEY REVISITED, stay tuned at 8pm for the first episode of the second season. This is a great time to get a refresher on all the characters and their addictive drama. We'll air all of Season 2 on the upcoming Sunday nights in December and then premiere the first episode of Season 3 on Sunday, January 6th at 8pm.
If you need something to help pass the time, take this quiz and find out which Downton Abbey character is most like you. (I'm Robert, Earl of Grantham.)
Programming Notes 11/09 to 11/15
Written by Holly on Thursday November 8, 2012
Friday, November 9
9am SESAME STREET GETS THROUGH A STORM -- A hurricane has swept through Sesame Street and everyone is working together to clean up the neighborhood. This episode replaces the previously scheduled regular SESAME STREET episode. It will air many, many times this weekend on KIDS and OKLA, but it is not scheduled again after this weekend.
7pm ONR – We examine the outcome of the vote in the 1st and 2nd Congressional Districts and the defeat of the Vision2 propositions in Tulsa… Electronic and social media played a bigger role in this year’s elections… Shawn Ashley of eCapitol/iVote discusses the impact of the General Election on the state House of Representatives and Senate… Educators and parents in a small Oklahoma community give their views on the state’s new A-F school grading system… In an ONR Extra, comedian and activist Bill Cosby talks about the need for communities to become more involved in education… Our “Lessons from the Dust Bowl” series continues with reports on Endangered Species and Climate Change… Ted Streuli of The Journal Record looks at the week in business.
Saturday, November 10
MIND OF A CHEF – Just a reminder that we’re airing this series in various time periods in the overnight hours. We will start airing the full series consistently on Monday nights at 10pm starting January 7th.
8pm Wages of Spin: Dick Clark, American Bandstand and the Payola Scandals -- A fascinating, multi-dimensional and provocative account of the evolution of the Philadelphia music scene between 1952 and 1962, the evolution of AMERICAN BANDSTAND and the creation of one of the industry's true moguls, Dick Clark. Pulling no punches, the documentary takes on the highly-controversial subject of the payola scandals of the time period and Clark's testimony before congress. Performers interviewed include Chubby Checker, Connie Francis, Fabian,Frankie Avalon, Len Barry, Charlie Gracie, members of The Beach Boys, Danny & the Juniors and many others.
Sunday, November 11
5am ACL PRESENTS: AMERICANA MUSIC FESTIVAL 2012 -- This program features selected performances from the Americana Music Festival in Nashville, including Bonnie Raitt, Richard Thompson, Alabama Shakes and more.
12:30pm OKLAHOMA FORUM – “General Election Review” -- We discuss the key races, issues and significance of the General Election in Oklahoma and the United States, with guets: Patrick McGuigan, Editor, CapitolBeatOK… Arnold Hamilton, Editor, The Oklahoma Observer… Larry Stein, Republican Political Analyst… Ben Odom, Former Vice-Chair, Oklahoma Democratic Party
7pm NATIONAL SALUTE TO VETERANS -- Joe Mantegna ("Criminal Minds") and Gary Sinise ("CSI: New York") host the inaugural broadcast. It will celebrate all the heroes who have served throughout America's history. This program will feature new footage shot at the U.S. Capitol with Mantegna and Sinise, as well as the "best of the best" moments from past NATIONAL MEMORIAL DAY CONCERTS. The all-star line-up includes Colin L. Powell USA (Ret.), Forest Whitaker,Pia Toscano, Kris Allen, A.J. Cook, Jason Ritter and Yolanda Adams accompanied by the National Symphony Orchestra.
Monday, November 12
7pm ANTIQUES ROADSHOW “Cats & Dogs” – This is a special off-season episode. Whether it's a ceramic dog or a painted cat, this special is chock full of appraisals featuring felines and canines - in sculpture, on canvas and in many other forms. Take a look at an original "Hush Puppy" mascot, dog portraits and one "naughty cat" bronze.
9pm INDEPENDENT LENS “Park Avenue: Money, Power & the American Dream” -- Billionaires in a Park Avenue building live four miles away from the highest poverty rate in the US.
Tuesday, November 13
8:30pm FRONTLINE “The Suicide Plan” -- The world of assisted suicide, one of the most polarizing social issues of our time, is explored. (90min)
10pm A CONVERSATION WITH KEN BURNS – This is a national production that happens to share a title similar to OETA's A CONVERSATION WITH series. In this program, Ellen Robertson Green sits down with documentary filmmaker Ken Burns for a one-on-one discussion. (Reminder: Ken Burns' new documentary THE DUST BOWL premieres on November 18th and 19th at 7pm!)
Wednesday, November 14
7pm NATURE “An Original Duckumentary” -- Working with "Hummingbirds" producer Ann Prum, NATURE features another popular, beautiful and fascinating bird - the duck. The story follows a wood duck family and discovers how a male and female create a bond, migrate together across thousands of miles, nurture and protect a brood of chicks and come full circle as they head to their wintering grounds. But our stars are just one of some 150 species of ducks. They come in all shapes and sizes and abilities - some are dabblers popping in and out of the surface of a glass lake and others swim with powerful webbed feet underwater. They fly through the air on short, stubby wings, traveling in large, energy-efficient formations over thousands of miles. Some are noisy and gregarious, others shy and elusive.
8pm NOVA “Ultimate Mars Challenge” -- Curiosity's landing on Mars and the rover's on-the-ground experiments and discoveries are detailed.
9pm NOVA SCIENCENOW “What Will the Future Be Like?” -- David Pogue investigates which gadgets and technologies are likely to transform your daily life.
Thursday, November 15
7pm STATELINE #1402 “Hot and Dry” -- Three years with record heat and very little rainfall has been brutal.It has left Oklahoma's rural economy as wilted as the sunbaked crops in the farmer's fields. When temperatures soar and rain doesn't fall, every Oklahoman feels heat, from fisheries near Eufaula to cotton farmers outside Altus. OETA's award winning documentary series Stateline takes a look at the drought that ranchers in the panhandle say is becoming worse than the Dust Bowl of the 1930's. What is causing these agonizing weeks of searing temperatures topping 110-degrees, and will it be more of the same next year? Stateline examines why Oklahoma summers have become so Hot and Dry. (Premiered 11/01/12)
7:30pm THIS OLD HOUSE – It’s been a month since we started the new Thursday night lineup. We’ve heard from a handful of viewers who miss seeing ASK THIS OLD HOUSE on Thursdays, but just a reminder, it still airs on Saturday afternoons at 1pm. Nothing is being completely preempted. We're just adding something new (DOC MARTIN) and we had to make adjustments.
Staring in January, we'll repeat the new episodes of ANTIQUES ROADSHOW at 8pm on Thursdays. We're also planning a repeat of the first season of CALL THE MIDWIFE starting at 10pm on Thursdays.
9:45pm BILLY CONNELLY’S ROUTE 66 – Billy's still in Oklahoma for a bit in this episode, then he continues down Route 66. Only one episode left after this one.
Where's OKLAHOMA NEWS REPORT?!
Written by Holly on Friday November 2, 2012
Sorry folks, no ONR newscast tonight due to a significant technical glitch we experienced this week. Long story involving battery backups, power surges, Avid editing systems and a lot of very frustrated employees. But our best people are on it and they'll have it fixed by Tuesday for OKLAHOMA VOTES election coverage starting at 7pm.
In place of ONR tonight, please enjoy an encore broadcast of JIM THORPE: WORLD'S GREATEST ATHLETE. This weekend's ONR timeslots (Saturday at 6pm and Sunday at 2pm) will be filled with the PBS special ELECTION 2012: WHAT'S AT STAKE.
Doc Martin and the New Thursday Night Lineup
Written by Holly on Thursday October 18, 2012
The new lineup starts tonight! Some will love it! (I know I do.) And some might be disappointed with parts of it. I promise we didn’t make these changes lightly. Lots of planning, considerations and meetings went into it.
7pm STATELINE, GALLERY and BACK IN TIME -- Our local documentaries will take turns sharing this timeslot.
7:30pm THIS OLD HOUSE – Instead of the full THIS OLD HOUSE HOUR, we’re airing only the first half hour on Thursday nights. The second half hour, the ASK THIS OLD HOUSE portion of the program, can still be seen on Saturday afternoons at 1pm.
8pm This timeslot will be filled with programming that isn't always necessarily from PBS. Some of it will be locally-produced and some of it will come from other distributors (like APT and NETA). When the new seasons of ANTIQUES ROADSHOW starts in January, we'll probably have an encore of the Monday night premiere in this timeslot.
9pm DOC MARTIN – Yay!! We’ve been hearing from Members for years that we should air this British series. It’s truly fantastic and I'm excited that we're finally able to bring it you. I've screened most of the episodes already. If I had to describe it, I'd say it's a cross between “Northern Exposure” (because of the quirky characters in a small town) and “House” (because of the moody, genius doctor). There’s comedy. There’s romance. There's medical mystery. We've purchased the first three seasons so far. Please watch it and let us know you like it. If you don't, we might not move forward with the rest of the seasons.
10pm This timeslot used to belong to INDEPENDENT LENS and POV. After tonight, PBS is changing the feed night of those series to Monday nights at 9pm. This time period will then become similar to the 8pm time period for a while. It will feature programming from PBS and other distributors. Tonight, it's POV: Sun Kissed. Next week, we'll focus on horses. And starting in November, we'll begin a four-part series about Billy Connelly traveling down Route 66.
So, there you have it. Our new Thursday nights. Enjoy!