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!
New Doctor Who
Written by Holly on Thursday August 2, 2012
It's official. As of this morning, I have typed the words into the October draft schedule, and unless something significant happens between now and then (and it would have to be incredibly important), we will begin airing the new episodes of DOCTOR WHO on October 12th.
Now, please note that our new season isn't the new season they're getting to see across the pond later this month. Our new season begins with the Christmas special from 2010, titled "A Christmas Carol." Then on October 19th, we will begin Series 6 with "The Impossible Astronaut."
And let me go ahead and say this... I cannot tell you when we'll have Series 7. In the past, we've started receiving them in the spring following their BBC premiere, but it didn't happen that way this year. We have to wait until the fall. So, the best I can offer at this point is that it might be the fall of 2013 before we see those. Please don't ask me that question for a while. I want to see them just as much as you do, and I will put them in the schedule as soon as we have them. For now, let's just sit back and wait patiently for these new episodes.
Just hang on... Just a little longer... It'll be worth it.
"Keeping Up Appearances" Actor Has Died
Written by Holly on Monday July 30, 2012
The man we all know and love as Onslow on KEEPING UP APPEARANCES has died. The 68-year old actor had been battling cancer for several years. His family said he passed away "peacefully in his sleep."
KEEPING UP APPEARANCES fans will want to make a note that will air several special "Christmas" episodes in the next few months on our OKLA channel. These episodes have odd running times and don't fit very well in our usual Sunday night timeslots.
- 1993 CHRISTMAS SPECIAL - Hyacinth buys tickets for a holiday cruise on the QE2, looking forward to making acquaintances with the better class of person that one meets in such circumstances. Little does she know that Onslow has won tickets for that very same trip. -- Airs September 13 at 5pm on OKLA
- 1994 CHRISTMAS SPECIAL - Hyacinth has been very busy planning a new kitchen (a process which includes asking the Vicar whether a worktop color described as "Angel Gabriel Blue" is accurate). She becomes busier still when Daisy tells her that someone has been found in "Daddy's" bed - and it isn't "Daddy"! -- Airs September 14 at 5pm on OKLA
- 1991 CHRISTMAS SPECIAL - Hyacinth roars into the Christmas season. She manages to get poor Richard into a Father Christmas outfit but then has to confront with a very drunken "Daddy" who is making passes at the parish ladies in the church rectory. To make matters worse, there is a case of mistaken identity that culminates with her kissing under the mistletoe with a most unexpected partner. -- Airs October 1 at 5pm on OKLA
- 1995 CHRISTMAS SPECIAL - Hyacinth decides to organize and direct a local pageant titled "Our Town in the Civil War." She also, naturally, casts herself in the starring role of Queen Henrietta Maria and coerces various members of her family to play assorted Cavaliers and Roundheads. The Church Hall is soon in pandemonium. -- Airs October 1 at 5:30pm on OKLA
Sunday Mornings - Planes, Trains and Automobiles
Written by Holly on Sunday July 22, 2012
Did you enjoy seeing the 8th season of TRACKS AHEAD on Sunday mornings these past few months? We'd waited for the release of that new season for quite a while and we were thrilled to bring it to you. We'll air it again before the broadcast rights run out. But for now, we're giving that timeslot back to our airplane enthusiasts.
Back by popular demand, THE AVIATORS starts again this Sunday at 8:30am! We're airing the first season again right now, but it will soon be followed by the premiere of the third season.
Here's the Season Three trailer to whet your appetite:
New Gardening Series
Written by Holly on Friday July 20, 2012
GARDEN SMART premieres this Saturday morning at 11:30am on OETA's main channel.
GARDEN SMART is a "hands in the dirt" program that provides you with practical, timely gardening advice. It's produced in association with The National Gardening Association, a non profit organization whose purpose is to educate and promote gardening to young and old alike.
Each week, you'll see valuable gardening tips, the latest trends "on the verge" and design advice, all with the purpose of making gardening fun and interesting. The series is filmed at beautiful resorts and gardens in every region of the country, which provides not only a stunning backdrop but also a sort of mini vacation for those of us who might never actually make it there on our own.
We’re airing this series in place of VICTORY GARDEN and P. ALLEN SMITH’S GARDEN HOME while we wait for new episodes from each those series. We hope you'll enjoy it!
Queen & Country
Written by Holly on Friday July 13, 2012
It's not your imagination. The second episode of QUEEN & COUNTRY didn't air last Sunday night like it was supposed to. There was a problem at PBS and they mistakenly fed the first episode again.
Our awesome Traffic & Operations team was on the ball, caught the mistake and aired the correct episode in the overnight hours and on the replay on OKLA the next night. But that might not have helped those of you who recorded the Sunday night premiere.
The third episode episode will air this upcoming Sunday at 6pm as scheduled. But if you want to see the second episode before watching the third one, go now to QUEEN & COUNTRY on the PBS video site. All of the episodes should be there for a while, free and available to watch at your leisure.