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 1/13 to 1/19
Written by Holly on Friday January 13, 2012
Friday, Jan 13
7pm ONR -- Evaluating teacher effectiveness is about to undergo a major change… At Oklahoma’s Ft. Sill Army Post, special training helps soldiers adjust to civilian life after returning from the battlefield… Making the difficult choice of who gets help paying their winter heating bill and who gets put out in the cold… Poverty casts a long shadow over a small western Oklahoma city along state Highway 9… Logan Layden of StateImpact Oklahoma reveals new findings about the depth of poverty in our state… U.S. Senator Tom Coburn discusses cutbacks in military spending… Ted Streuli of The Journal Record reviews the week in business… And, in our Newsmaker Interview we talk to public broadcasting icon Bill Moyers.
GREAT PERFORMANCES: LET ME DOWN EASY – PBS is feeding this tonight. We’re airing it Saturday at 5pm on OKLA.
Saturday, Jan 14
7:30am SUNUP – An overview of a new OSU research project on crop planting. Plus, the latest USDA crop estimates, ideal heifer size at first breeding, beef market analysis, drought monitor, herbicide-resistant weeds and repairing power tools.
12:30pm OKLAHOMA FORUM – “Senator Tom Coburn” – Discussion of the federal budget, military spending, the “Gang of Six” and more.
5pm MOYERS & COMPANY -- Bill Moyers returns to public television with this weekly, hour-long series Saturdays at 5pm. It will repeat on OKLA on Sundays at 6pm. HISTORY DETECTIVES will move to Sundays at 6pm on Main, but it won’t be there consistently until after Festival. Tonight’s episode of MOYERS & COMPANY will look at “Winner-Take-All Politics” with guests Jacob Hacker and Paul Pierson, known in some circles as "the Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson of political science.”
6pm MASTERPIECE “Downton Abbey” – This is last week’s premiere of Series 2, Episode 1. This pattern (last week's followed by this week's) will repeat until all of the episodes have aired.
9pm MASTERPIECE “Sherlock” – This incredible series will be shown over the next three Sundays at 9pm. It will preempt ARE YOU BEING SERVED?, which will pick up where it left off starting 2/05. The *new* Sherlock episodes will premiere the first weekend in May.
GREAT PERFORMANCES AT THE MET “Anna Bolena” – This is feeding today. We’re airing it (and all future GREAT PERFORMANCES AT THE MET episodes) on the following Saturdays on OKLA. This particular one starts 4pm on 1/21.
Monday, Jan 16
7pm ANTIQUES ROADSHOW “Tulsa” – Hour 3” – This is the final episode from when they were in Tulsa. All of the Tulsa episodes will air again in the future, but that date is not known.
7pm CUSTER’S LAST STAND: AMERICAN EXPERIENCE -- Explores General Custer's charge at Gettysburg and his death at Battle of the Little Bighorn in 1876.
9pm FRONTLINE “Nuclear Aftershocks” – You may have noticed, starting at the beginning of the year, FRONTLINE moved to Tuesdays at 9pm (formerly 8pm). This is PBS’s scheduling decision, not ours. On tonight’s episode, Miles O'Brien examines the implications of the Fukushima accident in Japan for U.S. nuclear safety.
10pm ROLL CALL #108 – Representative Gus Blackwell-R, Senator Susan Paddack-D, Representative Jeannie McDaniel-D.
Wednesday, Jan 18
8pm NOVA “3D Spies in WWII” -- During World War II, Hitler's scientists developed terrifying new weapons of mass destruction. Alarmed by mythomane rumors about advanced rockets and missiles, Allied intelligence recruited a team of brilliant minds from British universities and Hollywood studios to a country house near London. Here, they secretly pored over millions of air photos shot at great risk over German territory by specially converted, high-flying Spitfires. Peering at the photos through 3D stereoscopes, the team spotted telltale clues that revealed hidden Nazi rocket bases. The photos led to devastating Allied bombing raids that were crucial setbacks to the German rocket program and helped ensure the success of the D-Day landings. With 3D graphics that recreate exactly what the photo spies saw, NOVA tells the suspenseful, previously untold story of air photo intelligence that played a vital role in defeating Hitler.
7pm STATELINE #603 “Graybar Hotel” – A look at Oklahoma's county jails. Cramped and crumbling, many county lock-ups are the center of controversy and contention, while others have come through a new construction "boom" in the past. "Stateline" checks into some of the state's 77county holding facilities in various states of repair and under various methods of administration. (Original Broadcast Date: 11/09/04)
7:30pm GALLERY #404 -- Retired Air Force Lt. General Tom Stafford takes time to talk about his incredible journeys… Reenactment of a summer cattle drive up part of the train from the Red River to the Kansas border… The Chisholm Trail Heritage Museum started small and now has a new 14-thousand square foot home including a state of the art interactive theatre. (Original Broadcast Date: 1/04/08)
9pm INDEPENDENT LENS “Have You Heard from Johannesburg?” -- This five-part mini-series chronicles the unprecedented international movement of citizen activists who fought for three decades to bring down the brutal, racist system of apartheid in South Africa when their governments would not. This series started last week. Tonight’s episodes are 3 and 4. Next week will be the finale at 10pm.
Holiday Programming on OETA
Written by Holly on Monday December 5, 2011
Fa la la la la!! This is my favorite time of year! We've been planning the December schedule since September, back when it was still warm outside. It's gone through several incarnations because of some core program changes from PBS, but this is mostly likely the final draft. We hope you like it!
Here is a list of the programs airing in chronological order on our Main channel.
Christmas with the King Family -- Sat. 12/10 @ 8 PM
Christmas with Daniel O'Donnell -- Sun. 12/11 @ 6 PM
Christmas with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir Featuring David Archuleta and Michael York -- Tue. 12/13 @ 7 PM
Purdue Christmas -- Tue. 12/13 @ 8 PM
Christmas with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir Featuring David Archuleta and Michael York -- Wed. 12/14 @ 3 AM
Christmas with Daniel O'Donnell -- Wed. 12/14 @ 5 AM
Live from Lincoln Center George Balanchine's "The Nutcracker" -- Wed. 12/14 @ 7 PM
Christmas with the Celts -- Thu. 12/15 @ 7 PM
Celtic Thunder Christmas -- Thu. 12/15 @ 9 PM
Orla Fallon's Celtic Christmas -- Thu. 12/15 @ 10 PM
Christmas with Annie Moses Band -- Sat. 12/17 @ 8 PM
Straight No Chaser-Live in New York: Holiday Edition -- Sun. 12/18 @ 6 PM
Lidia Celebrates America "Holiday Tables & Traditions" -- Tue. 12/20 @ 7 PM
Christmas at St. Olaf -- Tue. 12/20 @ 8 PM
Nature: Christmas in Yellowstone -- Wed. 12/21 @ 7 PM
Christmas at Belmont -- Thu. 12/22 @ 7 PM
Christmas Concert from Norway 2011 -- Thu. 12/22 @ 9 PM
Lights: Celebrate Hanukkah Live in Concert -- Thu. 12/22 @ 10 PM
Travelscope: Christmas in Switzerland -- Fri. 12/23 @ 7 PM
European Christmas Markets -- Fri. 12/23 @ 7:30 PM
Trans-Siberian Orchestra: The Ghosts of Christmas Eve -- Fri. 12/23 @ 8:30 PM
Red Green It's A Merry Red Green Christmas -- Fri . 12/23 @ 9:15 PM
Lidia Celebrates "America Holiday Tables & Traditions" -- Sat. 12/24 @ 2 PM
"Carols Then and Now" from the Mormon Tabernacle Choir -- Sat. 12/24 @ 5:30 PM
Nature: Christmas in Yellowstone -- Sat. 12/24 @ 3 PM
James Stewart: A Wonderful Life -- Sat. 12/24 @ 4 PM
Lawrence Welk Christmas -- Sat. 12/24 @ 7 PM
Trans-Siberian Orchestra: The Ghosts of Christmas Eve -- Sun. 12/25 @ 5 AM
Prima Princessa Presents the Nutcracker -- Sun. 12/25 @ 6 AM
Christmas Concert from Norway 2011 -- Sun. 12/25 @ 7 AM
Great Performances: Andrea Bocelli & David Foster: My Christmas in Concert -- Sat. 12/25 @ 8AM
Orla Fallon's Celtic Christmas -- Sun. 12/25 @ 9 AM
Christmas with Annie Moses Band -- Sun. 12/25 @ 10 AM
Christmas with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir Featuring David Archuleta and Michael York -- Sun. 12/25 @ 11 AM
Christmas at St. Olaf -- Sun. 12/25 @ 12 PM
Christmas at Belmont -- Sun. 12/25 @ 1 PM
Nature: Christmas in Yellowstone -- Sun. 12/25 @ 2 PM
Lidia Celebrates America "Holiday Tables & Traditions" -- Sun. 12/25 @ 3 PM
Christmas with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir Featuring David Archuleta and Michael York -- Sun. 12/25 @ 4 PM
Lawrence Welk Christmas -- Sun. 12/25 @ 5pm
Travelscope: Christmas in Switzerland -- Sun. 12/25 at 6pm
European Christmas Markets -- Sun. 12/25 @ 6:30pm
Nature: Christmas in Yellowstone -- Sun. 12/25 @ 7 PM
Lawrence Welk New Years -- Sat. 12/31 @ 5 PM
Live from Lincoln Center Bernstein and Gershwin -- Sat. 12/31 @ 8 PM
Coldplay New Year's Eve: An Austin City Limits Special -- Sat. 12/31 @ 11 PM
Lawrence Welk New Years -- Sun. 01/01 @ 5 PM
You may have heard about some Christmas programs airing on other PBS stations that you don't see in our schedule. This is because most other PBS stations are holding December pledge drive right now and they are airing pledge programs at this time. We do not have a December pledge drive, so you won't see those programs on OETA. However, some of the non-holiday pledge programs might air during our March pledge drive, so stay tuned!
Written by Holly on Friday December 2, 2011
Many viewers have heard about the program PBS ARTS FROM NEW YORK: GREAT PERFORMANCES ANDREA BOCELLI LIVE IN CENTRAL PARK. It's airing on PBS stations around the country that are in their December pledge drive. OETA will air this program in March 2012.
Programming Notes 11/25 to 12/03
Written by Holly on Friday November 25, 2011
Friday, Nov 25
7pm AMERICA IN PRIMETIME “Man of the House” -- No OKLAHOMA NEWS REPORT tonight due to the holiday.
10pm No RED GREEN tonight due to PBS ARTS. RED GREEN is not going away. It’s just hit or miss until the new year and then it should go back to the 10pm timeslot MOST Fridays.
Saturday, Nov 26
6pm AMERICA IN PRIMETIME “Independent Woman” -- No OKLAHOMA NEWS REPORT tonight due to the holiday.
11pm WOODY ALLEN: AMERICAN MASTERS – There wasn’t a MASTERPIECE fed by PBS this week, so we’re airing this in the MASTERPIECE timeslot instead. It will repeat itself until 6am Sunday morning.
Sunday, Nov 27
12:30pm OKLAHOMA FORUM – “Rural Mayors” – Discussion of life in Oklahoma's rural cities with the mayors of four small cities: Stan Sallee, Mayor of Collinsville… Garen Martens, Mayor of Fairview… Stephen Brinlee, Mayor of Wilburton… Alex Damon, Mayor of Cordell
9:30pm PRESERVING OKLAHOMA HISTORY #102 -- To order a copy of this program call 405-848-8501 and mention this program by name and episode number
Tuesday, Nov 29
8pm FRONTLINE “Flying Cheap” -- The crash of Continental 3407 in Buffalo, NY and major changes to the airline industry are examined.
9pm HERBERT HOOVER: LANDSLIDE -- A look at Hoover's presidency, the Great Depression and the lasting impact of his policy decisions.
10:30pm DESTINY AT DAWN: LOSS AND VICTORY ON THE WASHITA -- DESTINY AT DAWN tells the dramatic and tragic story of Custer's 1868 pre-dawn attack on a sleeping Cheyenne village along the Washita River. The film's highlights are emotional and heartfelt interviews with Cheyenne descendents, along with a compelling re-enactment of the actual attack. This program airs often on OKLA. To purchase the video or related merchandise, go to the Western National Parks Association website store at www.wnpa.org.
Thursday, Dec 1
7pm BAND BEDLAM – Highlights the Oklahoma Pride marching band and the OSU Cowboy marching band. This repeats a few times in the near future.
12/02 at 8:30am and 4pm (OKLA)
12/03 at 1pm and 3:30pm (OKLA)
12/29 at 9:30am and 2:30pm (OKLA)
9pm FIRST AND FEMALE -- n 2010, Oklahoma elected it's first female governor from the two outstanding women representing their parties. First & Female uses this occasion to explore the women in Oklahoma history like Cherokee Nation Chief Wilma Mankiller and Civil Rights leader Clara Luper who have paved the way. And, it offers solutions for empowering women to become more involved in politics. This will repeat on OKLA in January.
9:30pm INDEPENDENT LENS “Art and Copy” -- Reveals the work and wisdom of some of the most influential advertising creatives of our time.
Programming Notes 11/18 to Thanksgiving
Written by Holly on Thursday November 17, 2011
Friday, Nov 18
7pm OKLAHOMA NEWS REPORT -- Until a couple of weeks ago, few people had heard of the Wilzetta fault line. Now, it provides clues to the science behind earthquakes… Health officials are warning of an epidemic of diabetes among Oklahomans of all ages… While much of the country is still feeling the effects of the recession, Oklahoma’s economy is gaining momentum… The Thanksgiving bird is more than a meal for an Oklahoma man obsessed with the pursuit and history of wild turkeys.
Saturday, Nov 19
8pm OKLAHOMA HALL OF FAME 2011 – The 2011 Oklahoma Hall of Fame inductees are: Tommy Franks, Harold Hamm, Marques Haynes, Cathy Keating, Steve Malcolm, Roger Miller and Elisabeth Warren. This program will repeat on OKLA on the following dates/times: 11/20 at 5pm, 11/29 at 2pm and 12/30 at 2pm.
Sunday, Nov 20
12:30pm OKLAHOMA FORUM – “Oklahoma Community Colleges” – Discussion of Oklahoma’s two-year community colleges with guests: Gary Davidson, Executive Director, Oklahoma Association of Community Colleges… Dr. Stephen E. Smith, President, Eastern Oklahoma State College… Dr. Terry Britton, President, Rose State College
3pm OKLAHOMA HORIZON -- Prescription Addiction - Rehab - Sean Sutton discusses prescription drug abuse that cuts across boundaries of age and economic classes to take over lives... Prescription Addiction - Prison - Prescription addiction impacts prisons… Pharmacy Danger - The controversy surrounding the shooting of a 16-year-old robbery suspect at an Oklahoma City pharmacy last year points toward a disturbing trend - pharmacy robberies… Pharming - Prescription drug abuse is so prevalent among young people today that a new term has been coined… Prison Redemption - Two inmates, in prison for drug abuse issues, discuss the long road to redemption.
8pm WOODY ALLEN: AMERICAN MASTERS – This is a two-parter, airing Sunday and Monday nights at 8pm. PBS is not feeding an episode of MASTERPIECE this evening. A repeat of the “Downton Abbey” series will begin airing in December and the new season will begin on January 8th.
Monday, Nov 21
9:30pm GEORGE CARLIN: THE MARK TWAIN PRIZE – This is a repeat from a couple of years ago, but it’s a classic. I assure you, no FCC regulations were violated in this program.
Tuesday, Nov 22
8pm FRONTLINE “A Perfect Terrorist” -- The master plotter of the 2008 terrorist attack on Mumbai, David Coleman Headley, is investigated.
10:30pm TREASURES OF THE GILCREASE #101 “Charles Russell” – For more information about this program or to order the video, contact the Gilcrease museum shop at 918-596-2725.
9am on OKLA – Today is a Japanese holiday, so NEWSLINE will be an evergreen episode. A “recorded earlier” graphic will appear.
Wednesday, Nov 23
We’re airing several CURIOUS GEORGE specials over the next three days. This may seem like too much CURIOUS GEORGE for some of you, but others might not be able to get enough! If you miss one or all of them, they will air again around Christmas.
1pm IN PERFORMANCE AT THE WHITE HOUSE “Country Music” – This will repeat on at midnight and Friday morning at 3am. (And on OKLA on Thursday at 7pm.) It is not scheduled to air again anytime soon.
9pm NOVA “Elegant Universe” – This is Part 3 in a 3-part series. Last week was originally supposed to be Part 1, but it was moved to this week so that we could show the Steve Jobs biography.
Thursday, Nov 24 – Happy Thanksgiving!
7pm STATE OF CREATIVITY #302 “Science of Composing” -- Our Emmy Award-winning program!
7:30pm EXPRESSIONS OF GRATITUDE – Beautiful Thanksgiving music from the Mormon Tabernacle Choir
9pm AUSTIN CITY LIMITS PRESENTS: AMERICANA MUSIC FESTIVAL – This program presents highlights from the annual Americana Music Awards ceremony taped at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville and includes performances by Lucinda Williams, Gregg Allman and Robert Plant. The regular ACL program airs on OKLA on Saturday nights. The timeslot is a little unpredictable right now, but we try to air it between 10pm and midnight. Starting in January, it should consistently be at 10pm on OKLA on Saturday nights.