Pipeline Blog

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 Friday November 2, 2012

onrlowerSorry 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                  STATELINEGALLERY 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.  

docm9pm                  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!

Goodbye BBQ, Hello Martha Stewart

Written by Holly on Saturday October 13, 2012

marthaFall is in the air and the holidays are just around the corner. Time to put away your grill for a while and bring out your inner Martha Stewart. And what better way to do that than with Martha Stewart herself!

Imagine having Martha at your side in the kitchen, teaching you how to hold a chef's knife, select the very best ingredients, truss a chicken and much more. In  MARTHA STEWART'S COOKING SCHOOL, you get just that! The 13-episode series premieres this Saturday, October 13th at 10am.

Fans of PRIMAL GRILL WITH STEVEN RAICHLEN can rest assured that Steven and his grill will come back out next spring or summer. 

The Tardis Has Landed

Written by Holly on Friday October 12, 2012

I said new DOCTOR WHO episodes were coming, didn't I? 

They start tonight. 

You're welcome. :)

Programming Notes 9/21 to 9/27

Written by Holly on Friday September 21, 2012

Friday, September 21

6pm                  ONR -- Twice as many people in Oklahoma use payday loans, compared to the rest of country.  We examine this growing trend… Residents of southern Oklahoma fear mining operations may be depleting a vital natural resource… Oklahoma State University targets young farmers to fill a growing need in rural Oklahoma… We take you to an enduring part of Oklahoma Life:  The State Fair… In our ONR Extra, a Supreme Court Justice discusses the U.S. Constitution… An update on the federal Farm Bill… We hear from voters about the upcoming election in our new Oklahoma Votes segment, “Listen to Me”... And, Ted Streuli of The Journal Record reviews the week in business.

9pm                  From Dust to Dreams: Opening Night at the Smith Center for the Performing Arts – Neil Patrick Harris hosts the opening night concert at the Smith Center for the Performing Arts in Las Vegas. The concert stars Jennifer Hudson, Willie Nelson, Martina McBride, Joshua Bell, Mavis Staples, Merle Haggard, Pat Monahan (from Train), John Fogerty, Carole King and a company of Broadway stars that includes Brian Stokes Mitchell. The program is produced by George Stevens Jr. and Michael Stevens ("The Kennedy Center Honors). This two-hour program preempts RED GREEN and DOCTOR WHO. RED GREEN will pick up where it left off next week. But we’re preempting the DOCTOR WHO episode that would have aired tonight so that we can begin the new season of DOCTOR WHO on October 12th. You can see the preempted episode (“The Lodger”) tomorrow night at 9pm on OKLA. (I absolutely ADORE this episode and hated preempting it on Main. But it’s already aired many times, so I’ll watch it on OKLA with everyone else.)

Saturday, September 22

7:30am             SUNUP – SUNUP discusses the 2012 Farm Bill. Also: 100 F temperatures and drought; 4-H National Youth Science Day; grain market analysis; lubricants for pull cables; cattle genomics; and Agtropolis at the Oklahoma State Fair.

9am                  PAINT THIS WITH JERRY YARNELL – We aired the last *new* episode of Jerry Yarnell last weekend, so now we’re going back to the first season of Jerry Yarnell.

Sunday, September 23

12:30pm           OKLAHOMA FORUM – “The Affordable Care Act” – Discussion of one of the top issues in the election – the Affordable Care Act – with guests: Andrew Spiropoulos, Professor of Law and Director of the Center for the Study of State Constitutional Law and Government, Oklahoma City University School of Law… Rick Tepker, Professor of Constitutional Law, University of Oklahoma College of Law

9:30pm             KEN BURNS: ON THE RECORD – Dick Pryor sits down with director and producer of many major PBS documentary films. 

Monday, September 24

8pm                  MARKET WARRIORS “Antiquing in Brimfield, MA” -- This week on MARKET WARRIORS, pickers Miller, John, Bob and Kevin head to one of the largest markets in the world, the Brimfield Antique Show in Brimfield, Massachusetts. There they scour the 16 fields of vendors in search of the best piece of art pottery. Some notable picks include a Rookwood vase and a painted blanket chest. One picker is drawn to an item that will bring great rewards, while another buys a forgery that will cause second-guessing. Later in the episode, the pickers team up (Bob and Kevin against John and Miller) in a round to buy an object for resale the same day. Their finds go under the hammer at Cowan's Auction in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Tuesday, September 25 – Happy birthday to our Station Manager, Bill Thrash!

7pm                  MONEY AND MEDICINE -- A look at the medical, ethical and financial challenges of containing runaway health care spending.

8pm                  FRONTLINE “Dropout Nation” -- A journey through an inner-city high school investigates the challenges of America's dropout crisis. (120min)

10pm                ARTS & THE MIND (Part 1 of 2) -- Hosted by Lisa Kudrow, this two-part special reveals the crucial impact of the arts on the human brain across our lifetimes and explores its particularly vital role in human development during youth and older age.

Thursday, September 27 

7pm                  LIVE FROM LINCOLN CENTER “The Philharmonic Opening Gala with Itzhak Perlman – This 90min program preempts our local documentaries and THIS OLD HOUSE HOUR, which can be seen on Saturday at 12:30pm.

8:30pm             OUR STORY: OKLAHOMA SPECIAL OLYMPICS 2012 -- For more than 40 years, Special Olympics Oklahoma has been celebrated as one of the most successful programs in North America. With more than 4,400 athletes competing this year, the Summer Games represents the largest amateur sporting event in the state. These are the stories behind this labor of love. With interviews from long time OU Coach Barry Switzer, Danny Manning of TU and numerous volunteers and the athletes, this 30 minute documentary goes beyond the finish line, and looks at the champion - and the fan - in all of us.

9pm                  GOLF’S GRAND DESIGN -- The program focuses on golf course architecture from the 1880s through today and explores the connection millions have to the game.

10pm                POV “El Velador (The Night Watchmen)” -- Award-winning director Natalia Almada ("Al Otro Lado," POV, 2005; "El General," POV, 2009) returns with a mesmerizing new film. From dusk to dawn, "El Velador (The Night Watchman)" accompanies Martin, a guard who watches over the extravagant mausoleums of some of Mexico's most notorious drug lords. In the labyrinth of the cemetery, this film about violence without violence reminds us that, amid the turmoil of a drug war that has claimed more than 50,000 lives, ordinary existence persists in Mexico and quietly defies the dead.