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!

Programming Notes 2/10 to 2/16

Written by Holly on Friday February 10, 2012

Friday, Feb 10

7pm                   OKLHOMA NEWS REPORT -- Governor Mary Fallin announces her vision for Oklahoma, including a plan to further cut taxes… In an ONR Extra, we hear about Gov. Fallin’s initiative to improve the health and fitness of Oklahomans… Ted Streuli of The Journal Record reviews the week in business… Even as Oklahoma’s economy gains strength, some areas of the state remain mired in poverty, as they watch the recovery pass them by… A new battle over health care insurance in Oklahoma pits those who want free markets against those who favor mandated coverage, with children left in the middle… A new law requires voters to present government-issued ID’s to cast an election ballot… Shawn Ashley of e-Capitol discusses the first week of the legislative session in @ the Capitol… Tulsa’s Greenwood District, once known as America’s Black Wall Street, is opening a third chapter in its history.

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.


Saturday, Feb 11

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.


Sunday, Feb 12

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.


Monday, Feb 13

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.


Tuesday, Feb 14 – Happy Valentine’s Day!

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.


Wednesday, Feb 15

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.


Thursday, Feb 16

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.

10pm        INDEPENDENT LENS “More Than a Month” -- Shukree Hassan Tilghman, a 29-year-old African-American filmmaker, is on a cross-country campaign to end Black History Month. Through this tongue-in-cheek journey, "More Than a Month" investigates what the treatment of history tells us about race and equality in a "post-racial" America.

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.

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.

Sunday, Jan 15
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. 

Tuesday, Jan 17
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.

Thursday, Jan 19
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

christmas_comment_04Fa 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!

Andrea Bocelli

Written by Holly on Friday December 2, 2011

GDX_3196aMany 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.