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!

Emmy Award-Winning "Downton Abbey"

Written by Holly on Monday September 19, 2011

Did you watch the Emmy Awards? Did you see it? Did you squeal with delight like I did when they handed out statues over and over to cast and crew of "Downton Abbey"?

Outstanding Minisereies or Movie! 
Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or Movie! 
Outstanding Directing for a Miniseries, Movie or Dramatic Special! 
Outstanding Writing for a Miniseries, Movie or Dramatic Special! 

Masterpiece Executive Producer Rebecca Eaton says, "Lightning doesn't strike often in television these days, but it certainly did for 'Downton Abbey'. We are over the moon that the Academy has honored this series we all love. It's a big win for 'Downton Abbey,' Masterpiece, PBS, and all of us who work in public television."

DowntonIf you haven't yet seen this incredible miniseries, or if you're like me and you'd just like to watch it all over again, it will begin airing again on OETA starting in December. 

Parts 1 & 2 -- December 18, 7pm to 10pm

Part 3 -- December 25, 8pm

Part 4 -- January 1, 8pm 


And then... drumroll, please... Season Two of "Downton Abbey" will begin Sunday, January 8!! 

Programming Notes 9/16 to 9/22

Written by Holly on Friday September 16, 2011

Friday, Sept 16

7pm                  ONR -- The trail has gone cold, but new information sheds light on the mysterious disappearance of an Oklahoma family… Oklahoma’s Indian tribes are diversifying to maximize their economic impact… In southern Oklahoma, students learn the skills they need for jobs of the 21st Century… The birthplace of the parking meter prepares for a high-tech upgrade to its old standby… Bikers take Oklahoma Life on the open road… And, Charley Newcomb with Oklahoma Stories.


Saturday, Sept 17

7:30am             SUNUP – Breaks down by category the estimated $1.6 billion dollars loss to Oklahoma agriculture caused by the 2011 drought. Plus, a description for the La Nina weather pattern and why the drought will likely continue; livestock and crop management strategies and market analysis; crop insurance rules; Mesonet weather and predicted first freeze dates; floor mats in the shop; and meet the 2011 Outstanding Young Farmers from Woods County.

9pm                  OETA MOVIE CLUB (Double Feature) -- “Never Too Late” – Television premiere from local filmmaker Nick Felix. More information can be found here: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1780922/. The second movie of the night is “Never On Sunday.” 


Sunday, Sept 18

12:30pm           OKLAHOMA FORUM --  “U.S. Supreme Court” – Discussion of key cases from the last term of the United States Supreme Court and what to expect on the docket that begins on October 3rd with guests: Joseph Thai, Presidential Professor, University of Oklahoma College of Law... Lyn Entzeroth, Professor, University of Tulsa College of Law… Marc Blitz, Professor, Oklahoma City University School of Law

3pm                  OKLAHOMA HORIZON -- Drought Impact - The affects of the long, triple-digit-hot, dry summer will continue to linger for those who live off the land… Smart Grid - A new smart grid lessens the pain of extreme energy costs for some Oklahomans... Wind Energy - Pete Delaney, CEO of OG&E, discusses smart grid technology… SimMan - Distance learning is used for some emergency medical technician instruction while a "super" manikin provides hands-on training by re-creating nearly any health emergency scenario… Portable Health Classroom - A new "health trailer" recently rolled off the assembly line to serve a double function - an emergency response unit and a mobile classroom.

O K L A – Starting tonight, we’ll air AUSTIN CITY LIMITS Saturday nights at 10pm on OKLA directly from the satellite feed. When it aired on our Main channel, we had to hold it for a week before showing it. Now it can be seen when many other stations across the country air it! Later this fall, we'll face some situations when we'll have to move it later on Saturday nights. But, until then, it can be seen Saturday nights at 10pm on O K L A.


Monday, Sept 19

9pm                  NOT AS I PICTURE: A PULITZER PRIZE-WINNING PHOTOGRAPHER'S JOURNEY THROUGH LYMPHOMA -- Photographer John Kaplan turns the lens on himself to document his struggle to beat cancer. The producers are offering a free DVD copy of this film. More information can be found on the website: http://www.notasipictured.org/

10pm                ALZHEIMER'S: THE COST OF GROWING OLD -- The disease, diagnosis and ongoing search for an effective treatment and a cure are explored.


Tuesday, Sept 20

7pm                  HISTORY DETECTIVES -- Gwen dissects the mystery behind an ornate Belgian War medal.  Elyse traces a pennant to the early battle for the woman's vote.  And a cartoon cel leads Tukufu to unsung heroes of animation.

9pm                  BEHIND THE LENS WITH OKLAHOMA’S FUTURE FILMMAKERS #201 – This program is produced by students at Jenks High School. It will repeat on OKLA on October 19th. 

9:30pm             POV “The Learning” -- Follows four Filipino women who reluctantly leave their families and schools to teach in Baltimore.


Wednesday, Sept 21

7pm                  LIVE FROM LINCOLN CENTER "New York Philharmonic Opening Night with Deborah Voigt" -- This is coming live from PBS in place of the usual NATURE and NOVA programs, which can still be seen in their usual time slots this weekend.

9pm                  NOT IN OUR TOWN: LIGHT IN THE DARKNESS -- The Mayor of Patchogue, New York leads residents to confront the anti-immigrant bias in their town.

10pm                CSI ON TRIAL -- Follows what went wrong in Nebraska's foremost CSI that fell under suspicion of faking evidence. Since this is a regional program, it can be seen on OKLA starting in early October.


Thursday, Sept 22 

7pm                  STATELINE #504 “Address Unknown” – A look at the numbers and demographics of Oklahoma's homeless, the difficulty in keeping track of their information and how the stereotype is changing. 

7:30pm             GALLERY #1202 “Passages, A Bible Story” -- Ancient manuscript experts from around the world are coming to Oklahoma to examine a massive collection of artifacts, items that are being gathered by an Oklahoma City businessman to tell the story of the Bible… Also, “The Purpose Driven Art of Victor Driver” Oklahoma City graphic artist Victor Driver creates illustrations for Bibles.

Children's Programming Changes

Written by Holly on Friday September 2, 2011

pbskidsIt’s that time of year again... The time when we see the biggest changes to our children's programming lineup. This year, both our main channel and our OETA Kids channel will get new lineups starting Monday September 5th.

The good news is that this year's lineup is the best one yet. Due to some changes in our partnership with the State Department of Education and the Department of Libraries, we are no longer required to air classroom curriculum programming from 10am to Noon. That means we can air PBS-quality children’s programming every weekday from 7am to 5pm! 

We understand that not all of the programming changes will work with everyone's personal schedules. Lunch and naps aren't the same for all of us. Some children will be upset that they can't see Barney at the usual time or they'll have to wait until late afternoon to see the wacky cast of ELECTRIC COMPANY. Hopefully everyone will be able to adjust quickly and easily.

Many of this year's programming changes come from changes made in the PBS satellite feed. Some very smart people at PBS put a lot of thought and research into the proper time and order of the programs. When it comes down to it, the only changes OETA has made to PBS's schedule is to add SIGNING TIME and THOMAS & FRIENDS. We've had many viewers request that these programs remain in the schedule, so we've made adjustments for that to happen.

Here is the new lineup... 

7am           CURIOUS GEORGE
8am            SUPERWHY!
8:30am      DINOSAUR TRAIN
9am           SESAME STREET
10am         SID THE SCIENCE KID 
10:30am    WORDWORLD
11am         SIGNING TIME! 
11:30am    BARNEY & FRIENDS
12noon      CAILLOU 
1pm           DINOSAUR TRAIN
1:30pm      THOMAS & FRIENDS 
2pm           CURIOUS GEORGE
2:30pm      MARTHA SPEAKS
3pm            ARTHUR
3:30pm       WORDGIRL
4pm            WILD KRATTS

I need to mention that BETWEEN THE LIONS is no longer available for broadcast. The broadcast rights have expired and the producers didn't renew them. You can probably see some videos online, but we can't broadcast them anymore.

The OETA Kids channel will have many programming changes as well due to the PBS satellite feed changes.

Thanks for watching! 

Programming Notes 8/26 to 9/01

Written by Holly on Friday August 26, 2011

Friday, August 26

7pm                  ONR – Oklahoma’s crackdown on sex offenders has unintended consequences… Haze over an Oklahoma wildlife refuge leads to a legal fight between the state and federal governments… Hundreds of students are heading back to schools with worries about class work – and where they are going to live… New poll results show how Oklahomans feel about tax credits and state revenues… Going back in time to experience a different kind of Oklahoma Life… And, Charley Newcomb with Oklahoma Stories.


Saturday, August 27

7:30am             SUNUP – "Oklahoma Drought: A New Generation” – An entire show dedicated to drought. Topics include weather, cattle sale and management, summer crops and wildlife.

8pm                  MALT SHOP MEMORIES – This was originally scheduled during AugustFest earlier in the month. This program is 80min long. There is not a video available in the traditional way because this was produced to be ran as a pledge special and would require people to make a donation for a copy of the program. 

9:20pm             OETA MOVIE CLUB “The Dirty Dozen” – This will start 20min later than usual due to the extended length of MALT SHOP MEMORIES.


Sunday, August 28

12:30pm           OKLAHOMA FORUM – Discussion of changes and challenges facing Oklahoma students and educators as they return for the start of a new school year with guests: Phyllis Hudecki, Oklahoma Secretary of Education… Bill Price, Chairman, Oklahoma School Choice Coalition… Dr. Kent Shellenberger, Superintendent, Bethany Public Schools… Ed Allen, President, Oklahoma City American Federation of Teachers

7pm                  NATURE “Is That Skunk?” – This episode follows skunks through several states, including Oklahoma.


Monday, August 29

9pm                  OBJECTS AND MEMORY -- This program is about the otherwise ordinary things in our homes and museums that mean the most to us because of their associations with people and experiences. The film examines items recovered or offered in response to 9/11, the Oklahoma City bombing and the Vietnam War, along with stories of people who find them important.


Tuesday, August 30

7pm                  HISTORY DETECTIVES -- Did the first woman photographer assigned to the White House use this camera to shoot President Truman? Then, did families of the Confederate South use a child's doll to smuggle medicine past the Northern blockade? And, what does this 15th century map, with a mix of French, English and Spanish labels, tell us about how Europe colonized Florida?

8pm                  FRONTLINE “The Man Who Knew” -- The extraordinary tale of the life and death of FBI Special Agent John O'Neill. An expert on counterterrorism, O'Neillhad long believed the United States should kill Osama bin Laden before Al Qaeda could launch a devastating attack on America. But his James Bond style and hot pursuit of Al Qaeda made him an outcast in the button-down world of the FBI. Forced out of the job he loved, O'Neill left the Bureau for a job in the private sector-as head of security at the World Trade Center. He died there on September 11th. O'Neill's story offers a rare glimpse inside the FBI and helps answer the question: What did the government know?

9pm                  PRESERVING OKLAHOMA HISTORY #103 

9:30pm             POV “Armadillo” -- Captured the lives of young Danish soldiers at a combat operations base in southern Afghanistan.


Wednesday, August 31

7-10pm             NOVA “Becoming Human” -- Investigates new discoveries that are transforming the picture of how we became human. Each hour unfolds with a forensic investigation into the life and death of a specific hominid ancestor, such as Lucy's Child. Dry bones spring back to vivid life with stunning animation, the product of a unique NOVA collaboration between top anthropologists and a talented team of movie animators.

10pm                NOVA “Mind Over Money” -- A look at the world of finance explores why mainstream economists failed to predict the 2008 crash.


Thursday, September 1 

7pm                  BACK IN TIME #101 “Lost Gold of Oklahoma” – This is a new locally-produced documentary series. It will take the place of STATELINE a few times a year. Tonight’s episode is about Oklahoma's little-known 19th century gold rush, and the continuing search for buried treasure. (PREMIERE)

7:30pm             GALLERY #1009 – Gallery traveled to Ponca City to meet Dave May and spend an entire day with him. He started the day by pumping up listeners in the morning and ended the day rallying 70 child actors before a big performance at The Poncan. He's a renaissance man with boundless energy and we found out why Ponca City and Oklahomans around the state can't help but stand up and cheer for The Amazing Dave May. (Original Broadcast 6/10/10)

"Malt Shop Memories" Rescheduled

Written by Holly on Thursday August 11, 2011


Don't worry, you didn't miss it!

"Malt Shop Memories: The Concert" has a new airdate... Saturday, August 27th at 8pm on OETA's main channel. 

If you are able to receive OKLA, it can be seen earlier... Saturday, August 13th at 7pm.