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!
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.
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.