Programming Notes 12/14 to 12/21

Written by Holly on Friday December 14, 2012

Friday, December 14 

12:30pm           CLIFFORD’S REALLY BIG MOVIE -- 90min special -- Worried that he costs too much to feed, Clifford runs away to join a carnival act and help win a lifetime supply of Tummy Yummies. Due to limited broadcast rights, we are only able to show this once on each of our channels. If you miss it here, you can catch it on OKLA tomorrow at 9am.

9pm                  THE IRISH ROVERS CHRISTMAS -- A new 60-minute Christmas special from the rollicking music icons who have touched three generations of music lovers with their Irish folk songs. Together now for more than 40 years, the group delivers a spirited set of fun-loving holiday tunes.

O K L A            LIVE FROM LINCOLN CENTER "The Richard Tucker Opera Gala" -- This opera can be seen tonight on OKLA at 7pm. It's two hours in length. Soprano Ailyn Perez is joined by baritone Dmitri Hvorostovsky, tenor Stephen Costello and many more.


Saturday, December 15

10:30am            AMERICA’S TEST KITCHEN – We will repeat a handful of the episodes from the 12th season while we wait for the 13th season to begin, which should be February 2013.


Sunday, December 16

6pm                  CELTIC WOMAN: A CHRISTMAS CELEBRATION – We want to fit in as much Christmas programming as we can, so we’re preempting HISTORY DETECTIVES for the next two weeks.

7pm                  CHRISTMAS WITH THE MORMON TABERNACLE CHOIR FEATURING JANE SEYMOUR AND NATHAN GUNN -- New wonderful Christmas programming from the Mormon Tabernacle Choir!

8pm                  MASTERPIECE ‘Downton Abbey” – Season Two, episodes 4 and 5

10pm                ARE YOU BEING SERVED? – The next two weeks are slightly out of order because we wanted to show the Christmas episodes at Christmastime.

11:30pm           VICAR OF DIBLEY – Yes, we're starting over again with this series. We still own the broadcast rights and we don’t want them to go to waste, but we’re considering replacing the series this summer when the rights run out. In the meantime, we still hear from loyal viewers who watch the show every week, even though they’ve seen all of the episodes several times. When you love it, you love it. 


Monday, December 17

10pm                TRAVELSCOPE: CHRISTMAS IN SWITZERLAND – The 10pm timeslot will be filled with Christmas and special programming until January 7th when MIND OF A CHEF will begin airing at 10pm.

10:30pm           WRITING OUT LOUD will air tonight, but it will be preempted the next two weeks for Christmas and special programming. It returns to its normal Monday night timeslot at 10:30pm on January 7th.


Tuesday, December 18

7pm                  FIRST FREEDOM: THE FIGHT FOR RELIGION LIBERTY – The right of freedom of religion in the United States instigated a fundamental shift in human history. No other aspect of the American Revolution was as intrepid in its own time, or ultimately, as influential worldwide. This program profiles the generation of colonial Americans who raised the ideal of religious freedom to the level of a fundamental human right. And it honors those founders who could not rest until it was carved into law.

8:30pm             THE IRANIAN AMERICANS -- This program explores the history and lives of the Iranian American community in the United States. Beginning with the 1979 Iranian Revolution, through the mass immigration of the Iranians to the U.S., the story of the Iranian Americans is a classic American Immigrant story. The Iranian Americans have overcome hardship, including discrimination, to become a great voice in the chorus of the American melting pot.

9:30pm             FRONTLINE “From Jesus to Christ: The First Christians, Pt. 1” (two hours) – Drawing upon new and sometimes controversial historical evidence, FRONTLINE transports viewers back two thousand years to the time and place where Jesus of Nazareth once lived and preached and challenges familiar assumptions and conventional notions about the origins of Christianity. The first program traces the life of Jesus of Nazareth, exploring the message that helped his ministry grow and the events that led to his crucifixion around 30 C.E. The film then turns to the period that followed Jesus' death, examining the rise of Christianity and concluding with the first revolt the bloody and violent siege of Jerusalem and the beginning of a rift between Christianity and Judaism. New evidence suggests that Jesus' followers, because of their diversity and the differences in their cultures and languages, looked at and interpreted Jesus and his teachings in many different ways. (Part Two airs next Tuesday at 10pm. It’s also two hours in length.)

11pm                LAST OF THE SUMMER WINE will not be seen at 11pm tonight. No episodes are being preempted. The 11:30pm episode picks up where last night’s episodes left off.


Wednesday, December 19

10pm                GLOBE TREKKER “Mid-Atlantic States” – This is a repeat of the first episode of this season. The next new episode doesn’t feed until next week. It will air next Wednesday night at 10pm.


Thursday, December 20 

7pm                  CURRIER & IVES: PERSPECTIVES ON AMERICA “Cheap and Popular Pictures” – This is the second of three episodes. “Cheap and Popular Pictures” investigates the process of lithography in detail and what makes a good print. The passion of collectors who seek out the many Currier & Ives prints still in circulation is also looked at as is some of the more popular images and the stories behind them.

9:47pm            FIDDLER'S HOLIDAY WITH JAY UNGAR & MOLLY MASON'S FAMILY BAND -- The folk musicians celebrate the holidays with traditional and original tunes with winter themes.

10pm                THE BELLS OF CHRISTMAS – This is another new program featuring the outstanding Mormon Tabernacle Choir.


Friday, December 21

9pm                  GREAT PERFORMANCES “Rod Stewart: Merry Christmas, Baby” -- Legendary rocker Rod Stewart's first solo holiday special, with songs produced by "Hitman" David Foster, features 13 classic songs, ranging from "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas" to "Auld Lang Syne," and including duets with Michael Buble ("Winter Wonderland"), Cee-Lo Green ("Merry Christmas, Baby"), Mary J. Blige ("We Three Kings") and even Ella Fitzgerald ("What Are You Doing on New Year's Eve?") This was produced as a pledge special, so there might not be DVDs or CDs available in the traditional way.