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!
Programming Notes 3/23 to 3/30
Written by Holly on Friday March 23, 2012
Friday, March 23
7pm ONR -- President Obama visits Oklahoma to promote a key part of his “all-of-the-above” energy strategy… We’ll discuss the President’s plan with an energy expert in our Newsmaker Interview… Oklahoma’s Quality Jobs program has been touted as one of the strongest incentives for creating new jobs, but it faces an uncertain future… People with concealed weapons permits may soon be allowed to openly carry guns. Oklahoma lawmen generally think that’s a bad idea… Ted Streuli of The Journal Record reviews the week in business… New laws make it on the books every year, but a few may not stay there… Lack of state funding may put the American Indian Cultural Center and Museum project in jeopardy… And, Shawn Ashley of eCapitol brings us the latest news @ the Capitol.
10pm RED GREEN – No episodes were skipped. We’re picking up where we left off.
10:30pm DOCTOR WHO – No episodes were skipped. We’re picking up where we left off.
11:15pm B-52s WITH THE WILD CROWD LIVE IN ATHENS, GA – Since we didn’t have a movie last Saturday, we’re putting a fun music program in this timeslot instead. Enjoy!
Saturday, March 24
7:30am SUNUP – SUNUP looks at Oklahoma's poultry industry and how expansion of the U.S.-Korea free trade agreement could impact production. Plus, rainfall totals, heifer body condition, agriculture lease agreements, grain markets, concrete reinforcement and beaver damage in timber production and water sources.
11:30am P. ALLEN SMITH’S GARDEN HOME -- All episodes of VICTORY GARDEN have been repeats for quite a while, so we’re putting this series on hiatus. We’ve received lots of requests to air this series and we’re excited to able to bring it to OETA viewers.
10:55pm MASTERPIECE CLASSIC “Oliver Twist, Pt. 1” – Parts 1 and 2 fed during the pledge drive. They are repeats from 2009, but still a good series. Part 2 will air next week. (“Little Dorrit” was being fed by PBS and some people might hear about it. We were not able to record all of the episodes of that, so we’re airing “Oliver Twist” instead. “Little Dorrit” already aired twice on OETA, so hopefully viewers were able to catch it then.)
Sunday, March 25
7:30am ROUGH CUT-WOODWORKING WITH TOMMY MAC -- WOODWRIGHT’S SHOP is going on hiatus for a while so that we can bring you this highly-requested similar program, which we’ve received lots of requests to air from viewers.
12:30pm OKLAHOMA FORUM – “Capitol Reporters Roundtable” – Discussion of the latest developments from the legislative session with guests: Michael McNutt, The Oklahoman and NewsOK… M. Scott Carter, The Journal Record… Erin Boeckman, eCapitol
3pm OKLAHOMA HORIZON -- Business Development - Experts discuss how jobs are attracted into the state, creating jobs… Business Solutions - Rob Gragg, director of the regional development team with the Oklahoma Department of Commerce heads up the group that works with companies and site selectors for job creation… Local Chamber Perspective - Stillwater Chamber of Commerce CEO Lisa Navrkal discusses local business development and job creation... Hometown Pride Training - Pride Training is a program in Oklahoma that helps communities welcome new businesses… ACE Study - The recently-released 2012 Accountability for a Competitive Economic (ACE) book gives a clear picture of where Oklahoma is succeeding economically and where the state continues to need improvement in order to attract jobs and investment. Mike Seney, executive director of Oklahoma 21st Century and senior vice president of policy analysis and strategic planning for The State Chamber authored the annual report that gives insight into how Oklahoma's business climate stacks up with other states.
7pm & 8pm FINDING YOUR ROOTS – Professor Henry Louis Gates, Jr delves into the genealogy and genetics of some well-known Americans. Each hour features a different pair of celebrity guests, who are bound together by an intimate, sometimes hidden link, whether it be as old friends, through long-lost relatives, or even through a common ancestral past. After this week, new episodes will air at 7pm on Sundays (and repeat at 7pm on Mondays on OKLA).
Monday, March 26
9pm INSIDE FENWAY PARK: AN ICON AT 100 – Celebrates the centennial of the oldest (and smallest) ballpark in America. Using a Red Sox/Yankees game as a thread, the film tells the story of Fenway's long history as a venue for sports and as a public space; masses for WWI soldiers, a 1918 Irish Republican rally, FDR's last presidential campaign speech, concerts by Bruce Springsteen and others. In 1999, it looked as if Fenway would be razed to make way for a new ballpark. Luckily, wiser heads prevailed and Boston's most popular attraction (more tourists visit Fenway than the Freedom Trail) survived.
Tuesday, March 27
7pm JOHN WOODEN: VALUES, VICTORY AND PEACE OF MIND – The former UCLA basketball coach shares his philosophy on how to achieve competitive greatness.
8pm TRIANGLE FIRE: AMERICAN EXPERIENCE – Reveals how public outrage following a deadly factory fire in 1911 led to workplace safety laws.
9pm FRONTLINE “Murdoch’s Scandal” – The battle over the future of News Corporation and Rupert Murdoch's reputation is chronicled.
10pm ROLL CALL – Senator Clark Jolley, Representative Wade Rousselot and Representative Jeff Hickman
Wednesday, March 28
9pm QUEST FOR THE LOST MAYA -- This program explores archaeological evidence of a previously unknown Mayan society based in the Yucatan Penisula of southern Mexico. The film surveys their dramatic rise to prominence in the "preclassic era" of the Maya (800-700BC) as well as new evidence of the collapse of their civilization in the 800-900s AD.
Thursday, March 29
7pm GALLERY “The People’s Art” (one hour) -- The Oklahoma Capitol...the state's seat of government is also a temple for its art. Designed by architect Solomon Layton in the Greco-Roman style, the building itself is a great work, only recently completed with the addition of a grand dome...But beneath that dome lay more treasure, Oklahoma's rich story, her heroes, her struggles, her success and her hopes all depicted by master artists. Join Gallery in February for a private tour of The People's Art with Robert Henry. Before becoming a federal court judge, the Shawnee native was an Oklahoma legislator. During those early years of public service he developed a love for the capitol building and its beautification. Today, thanks in part to his work, the Oklahoma State Capitol is replete with great artistic beauty and because of his continued enthusiasm for Oklahoma history and Oklahoma artists, Judge Henry is often called upon to lead tours for visiting dignitaries. On the next Gallery it is his distinct honor to take YOU on a tour of this priceless exhibit. (Original Broadcast 2/12/08)
8pm THE THIS OLD HOUSE HOUR – We recorded all of the new shows as they fed from PBS. We started playing them back last Thursday. We’ll continue showing the new episodes until they run out and then we’ll pick back up with the feed, which will be four or five episodes into the repeated 10th season.
9pm THE HORSEMEN COMETH -- Follows air show pilots who are members of the world's only P-51 Mustang formation aerobatic team.
10pm INDEPENDENT LENS “You’re Looking Like I Live Here and I Don’t” -- This documentary is a first-person account of Lee Gorewitz's life inside the Traditions Alzheimer's & Other Dementia Care Unit at the Reutlinger Community for Jewish Living in Danville, California. A total immersion into the fragmented day-to-day experience of the disease, the film reveals Lee's penetrating ruminations and charismatic vitality, challenging our preconceptions of illness and aging.
Friday, March 30
9pm LIVE FROM THE ARTISTS DEN “Adele” -- The British sensation Adele performs at the Santa Monica Bay Woman's Club in Santa Monica, CA. (This is not scheduled to repeat again anytime soon, so I hope you can catch it while it’s on!)
Written by Holly on Friday March 2, 2012
It's pledge drive time!! A time to see some exciting new specials and a time to renew your membership with OETA!
You probably have some favorite programs that you won't get to see for a while during the pledge drive. We understand that can be disappointing and a little frustrating. The following is a list of our most popular programs and an idea of when they're coming back (and whether you're missing anything while they're gone).
Thursdays, March 1, 8 and 15
STATELINE and GALLERY – New local documentaries will return in April.
THE THIS OLD HOUSE HOUR – No new episodes will be preempted. We’ll pick up where we left off on March 22nd.
INDEPENDENT LENS and POV – No new programs are being preempted. The next new program will be March 29th.
Friday, March 2, 9 and 16
WASHINGTON WEEK and NEED TO KNOW – You can see the new Friday night episodes at from midnight to 1am each Friday. If you miss it then, you can also see it Sunday mornings from 4am to 5am.
RED GREEN – We’ll pick up where we left off after the pledge drive, on Friday, March 22nd.
DOCTOR WHO – We’ll pick up where we left off after the pledge drive, on Friday, March 22nd.
Saturday, March 3, 10 and 17
Sewing, Quilting, Cooking and Art Programs will be paused during the pledge drive and will pick up where they left off on Saturday, March 24th.
SUNUP – Can be seen multiple times on OKLA during the pledge drive.
OKLAHOMA GARDENING -- Can be seen multiple times on OKLA during the pledge drive.
VICTORY GARDEN – All episodes have been repeats for quite a while, so we’re putting this series on hiatus. Following the pledge drive, we’ll air P. ALLEN SMITH’S GARDEN HOME. We’ve received lots of requests to air this series and we’re excited to able to bring it to OETA viewers.
THIS OLD HOUSE and ASK THIS OLD HOUSE– No new episodes will be preempted. We’ll pick up where we left off on March 24th.
HOMETIME – No new episodes will be preempted. We’ll pick up where we left off on March 24th.
NATURE, NOVA and ANTIQUES ROADSHOW – No new episodes are being preempted. Everything PBS is feeding during this time is a repeat.
MOYERS & COMPANY – During the pledge drive, this series can be seen on Sunday mornings at 5am. Following the pledge drive, it will return to its regular time.
OKLAHOMA NEWS REPORT – You’ll have to catch this on Friday on Main or next week on OKLA. It won’t repeat on Saturday or Sunday during the pledge drive.
MASTERPIECE – PBS isn’t feeding any new episodes during the pledge drive. The next new MASTERPIECE will be “Great Expectations” in April.
Sunday, March 4, 11 and 18
MOTORWEEK – This is one of the few series that we’re preempting and it will not be able to be seen on OETA at all. Full episodes are available online on the PBS Video site.
WOODWRIGHT’S SHOP – This series is going on hiatus so that we can bring you a highly-requested similar program, ROUGH CUT-WOODWORKING WITH TOMMY MAC, which will begin airing following the pledge drive on Sunday, March 25th.
OUTDOOR OKLAHOMA -- Can be seen multiple times on OKLA during the pledge drive.
THE AVIATORS – Will return on March 25th for one more episode, then we’ll being airing train programming while we wait for new episodes of AVIATORS to become available.
NATURE, NOVA and ANTIQUES ROADSHOW – No new episodes are being preempted. Everything PBS is feeding during this time is a repeat.
WASHINGTON WEEK– You can see the Friday night episodes at midnight on Friday nights and 4am Sunday mornings. Those are the only times this series will air during the pledge drive.
OKLAHOMA FORUM – Will pick up again after the pledge drive.
MCLAUGHLIN GROUP -- This is one of the few series that we’re preempting and it will not be able to be seen on OETA at all. Full episodes are available online on the McLaughlin website.
OKLAHOMA HORIZON -- Can be seen multiple times on OKLA during the pledge drive.
OKLAHOMA GARDENING -- Can be seen multiple times on OKLA during the pledge drive.
RUDY MAXA and RICK STEVES – These series will pick up where they left off following the pledge drive on Sunday, March 25th.
MASTERPIECE - PBS isn’t feeding any new episodes during the pledge drive. The next new MASTERPIECE will be “Great Expectations” and it will begin April 1st.
British Comedies – These will not air until the night the pledge drive ends, Sunday, March 18th at their usual times. We’ll pick up where we left off.
Monday, March 5 and 12
ANTIQUES ROADSHOW – PBS isn’t feeding any new episodes during the pledge period.
BLUEGRASS UNDERGROUND – Will pick up where it left off after the pledge drive.
WRITING OUT LOUD -- Can be seen multiple times on OKLA during the pledge drive.
LAST OF THE SUMMER WINE – We won’t have LOSW again until after the pledge drive, Monday, March 19th. No episodes will be preempted. We’ll pick up where we left off.
Tuesday, March 6 and 13
FRONTLINE -- PBS isn’t feeding any new episodes during the pledge period.
Wednesday, March 7 and 14
NATURE and NOVA -- PBS isn’t feeding any new episodes during the pledge period.
GLOBE TREKKER – We’re not airing new episodes at this time. We’ll air a couple of repeat episodes the last two Wednesdays of March, then GLOBE TREKKER will go on hiatus for a couple of months. We’ll bring it back in June with all new episodes.
Programming Notes 2/17 to 2/23
Written by Holly on Friday February 17, 2012
Friday, Feb 17
7pm OKLAHOMA NEWS REPORT-- An Oklahoma U.S. Representative and U.S. Senator are at the forefront of the national debate over the future of agriculture subsidies and the 2012 Farm Bill… While statewide smoking rates are falling, increasing numbers of teens are lighting up… Higher demand since the recession has increased pressure on one state agency that helps put disabled Oklahomans in the workforce… The wind power industry is exploding in Oklahoma and the job market in turbine repair is exploding, too… Logan Layden of StateImpact Oklahoma tells us the wind industry is taking off as federal wind energy tax credits are set to expire… Ted Streuli of The Journal Record reviews the week in business… Erin Boeckman of eCapitol discusses the legislative week in @ the Capitol… In our Black History Month segment, we meet an African-American now serving as police chief in a former “sundown town”… And, as pitchers and catchers report to spring training, we look at our state’s early contributions to the national past-time.
Saturday, Feb 18
7:30am SUNUP – OSU Small Grains Extension Specialist Jeff Edwards demonstrates first hollow stem identification in wheat pasture. Plus, cattle breeding season nutrition, high beef prices vs. profits, no-till planter maintenance, drought index, wheat prices and Paul Weisenfeld from USAID.
Sunday, Feb 19
12:30pm OKLAHOMA FORUM – “Legislative Leadership” -- The Big Topic is the 2012 legislative session with guests: Rep. Kris Steele, Speaker of the House… Rep. Scott Inman, House Democratic Leader… Sen. Clark Jolley, Senate Appropriations Committee Chair… Sen. Sean Burrage, Senate Democratic Leader
3pm OKLAHOMA HORIZON -- Crime & Punishment - Oklahoma County District Attorney David Prater wants to work on keeping people out of prison rather than putting them behind bars… Prison Reform - Oklahoma Speaker of the House Kris Steele discusses new criminal justice reforms he believes need to be approved this legislative session… Eddie Warrior - Remembering a man, whose family arrived in Oklahoma well before statehood, had a prison named after him and was inducted into the Oklahoma African-American Educators Hall of Fame's inaugural class.
8pm DOWNTON ABBEY – Tonight is the last episode of the new series. As with the first series, there are still loose ends!! No real cliff-hangers, but you might be left wondering what will happen to Mr. Bates & Anna and Lady Edith & Sir Anthony Strallan. A third series is in the works. We’ll all just have to wait until next year to see it! In the meantime, here’s a fun site: http://downtonabbey.wikia.com/wiki/Downton_Abbey_Wiki
Monday, Feb 20 – Happy President’s Day! (And happy birthday to my mom!)
3:30pm WORDGIRL: THE RISE OF MISS POWER -- Miss Power is the new super hero in town, but she uses mean words against others and may be a super villain. When WordGirl tries to stand up to Miss Power, she is belittled and stripped of her super hero star. Huggy shows WordGirl a book full of secret battle moves from her home planet, Lexicon. Will it be enough to save the city from Miss Power? (This preempts today’s WILD KRATTS.)
8pm CLINTON: AMERICAN EXPERIENCE – This is part 1 of 2 episodes. The second part airs tomorrow at 7pm. Tonight's episodes contain some scenes from the Oklahoma City bombing that some viewers could find disturbing.
Tuesday, Feb 21
9pm FRONTLINE “The Child Cases” – Originally, this episode was supposed to be about cell tower deaths. But there was a recent development in that topic and the episode was pulled so updates could be made. That episode will now air in April. “The Child Cases” is about death cases involving medical evidence that was later found to be unreliable are investigated.
Wednesday, Feb 22
7pm NATURE “Ocean Giants: Giant Lives/ Deep Thinkers/ Voices Of The Sea” – Three-hour NATURE episode. The great whales such as the blue and the bowhead are the largest animals that have ever lived on our planet. Yet these mighty leviathans feed on tiny shrimp and sardines. "Giant Lives" discovers why size matters in the world of whales.
Thursday, Feb 23
7pm STATELINE “Faces of Autism” #1205 – Original Airdate 1/06/11
7:30pm PEARL SCOTT: ON TOP OF THE WORLD -- The youngest licensed American pilot ever, Pearl Carter Scott from Marlowe, Oklahoma and friend of Wiley Post is profiled. (GALLERY will return to its usual timeslot in late March.)
9pm BUFFALO BILL’S AMERICAN WEST -- Visions of the American West explores Buffalo Bill Cody's legacy through iconic images and artifacts of the American West from the Buffalo Bill Historical Center in Cody, Wyoming, a Smithsonian Institution Affiliate. Stunning high definition footage of artistic masterworks help paint a portrait of the man who embodied the spirit of the West in all its complexities, while telling the story of western expansion. Warmly narrated by singer / songwriter Ed Bruce, Visions will appeal to art lovers, history buffs, and "wild west" enthusiasts of all ages.
9:30pm POV #2415 “Racing Dreams” -- This program follows three young racers as they compete in the World Karting Association's National Pavement Series. Clocking speeds of up to 70 mph, these kids chase the National Championship title and take one step closer toward their dream of someday racing in NASCAR.
Programming Notes 2/10 to 2/16
Written by Holly on Friday February 10, 2012
Friday, Feb 10
10:25pm DOCTOR WHO “The 11th Hour” – We still don’t have the next new season of DOCTOR WHO, so we’re beginning Series 5 again, Matt Smith’s first season as the Doctor. We’ll air new episodes when we have them.
7:30am SUNUP – Experts explain why some producers are seeing yellow wheat in their fields. Plus, nitrogen-rich strips, topdressing and GreenSeeker technology during a visit to Major County. Also, soil moisture, WASDE report, optimal bull-to-cow ratio, pasture recovery during drought and heating PVC pipe to make a coupler.
8pm MICHAEL FEINSTEIN’S AMERICAN SONGBOOK – This four-part series feeds on Friday nights, but we’re airing them on Saturday nights. You can see a repeat of the first season of this series on Saturdays at 5pm on OKLA.
12:30pm OKLAHOMA FORUM – “Capitol Reporters Roundtable” – Discussion of the start of the 2012 legislative session with state capitol reporters with guests: Michael McNutt, The Oklahoman and NewsOK… Michael Cross, KOSU Radio... M. Scott Carter, The Journal Record… Shawn Ashley, eCapitol
8pm MASTERPIECE “Downton Abbey, Part 6” – This is the second to the last episode. Brace yourself.
8pm SLAVERY BY ANOTHER NAME -- Reveals the interlocking forces that enabled "neoslavery" to begin and persist from 1865 to 1945.
9:30pm NOT IN OUR TOWN: CLASS ACTIONS -- This program tells the stories of a suburban California school district, a mid-western college town and a college campus in the heart of the South where people are working together to stop hate and intolerance, and activitating their communities to create safer, more accepting environments for everyone. "Not In Our Town: Class Actions" profiles local innovators -- a teacher who starts an anti-bullying program at her school, then spreads it to five districts; diverse leaders in a college town who bring students, local officials and community members together after a wave of bias attacks; and a coalition of students who take positive action when their core values are threatened.
7pm TUPPERWARE! AMERICAN EXPERIENCE – In the 1950s, American women discovered they could earn thousands -- even millions -- of dollars from bowls that burped. "Tupperware ladies" fanned out across the nation's living rooms, selling efficiency and convenience to their friends and neighbors through home parties. Bowl by bowl, they built an empire that now spans the globe. This documentary, narrated by Kathy Bates, reveals the secret behind Tupperware's success: the women of all shapes, sizes and backgrounds who discovered they could move up in the world without leaving the house. "Tupperware!" charts the origins of the small plastics company that unpredictably became a cultural phenomenon.
8pm FRONTLINE “The Interrupters” -- Three former Chicago criminals place themselves in the line of fire to protect their communities.
10pm ROLL CALL #112 – Sen. Brian Crain-R, Rep. Corey Williams-D, Rep. Jason Murphey-R
10:30pm STATE OF CREATIVITY #301 “Relationships” -- Relationships. Unless someone is living under a rock, they have them. That one special relationship is what everyone desires, but it takes creativity to find a relationship and make it flourish. The next State of Creativity takes us on a journey of discovery as couples from around the state to give us an intimate look into their world of love. From challenges of long distance to longevity, see how Oklahoma couples are building life long relationships.
7pm NATURE “The Himalayas”
8pm NOVA “Extreme Cave Diving”
9pm CAVE PEOPLE OF THE HIMALAYAS – A combination of the 7pm and 8pm programs? Somebody at PBS is clever.
7pm STATELINE “UCO CSI” #1303 – Examines the UCO Forensic Science Institute, what it does and how it benefits Oklahoma. (Original Broadcast 2/02/12)
7:30pm GALLERY “On Pointe in OKC” #1106 -- Go backstage with the Oklahoma City Ballet and find out how everyone works to make sure all Oklahomans discover a new appreciation for the "Pointe" of OKC. (Original Broadcast 2/10/11)
9pm U.S. HEALTH CARE: THE GOOD NEWS -- One small community in the Colorado oil patch near the Utah border delivers the highest value-for-the-money health care in the United States, and in the process covers nearly everyone in town. How do they do it? Could other communities do it, too? Correspondent T.R. Reid interviews health policy experts at the Dartmouth Institute before heading to Colorado and other places in the U.S. where doctors and hospitals are working hard to provide excellent health care at reasonable cost.
Sprout is not OETA
Written by Holly on Wednesday January 25, 2012
If you've watched Sprout recently, you may have seen crawls and messages telling you to call DirecTV and tell them to leave the Sprout channel alone. We'd like you to know that we have nothing to do with that. Sprout and OETA are completely separate entities.
It's hard not to think of Sprout as a PBS channel or even an OETA channel. It has a lot of the same programming as OETA, especially the OETA Kids Channel (#114 on Cox Digital Cable). But actually, Sprout is a partnership between Comcast, HIT Entertainment, PBS and Sesame Workshop, with PBS having a minority interest in the channel.
Over the last year, Sprout has been negotiating with DirecTV to renew its carriage and distribution terms. DirecTV is planning to move Sprout to a premium tier of service, which requires subscribers to pay an additional fee. At this time, DirecTV and Sprout have not been able to reach agreement, and as a result, Sprout may be unavailable on DirecTV starting next month.
Sprout is asking customers of DirecTV to request that Sprout remain in its current position by calling a toll-free number (1-866-9-SPROUT) or visiting the dedicated microsite SaveSprout.com.
All Sprout viewers, regardless of their service provider, will see a crawl as well as on-air spots alerting customers to the change on DirecTV. But nothing is changing for Sprout viewers who have AT&T or Cox.