Childrens Programming Changes
Written by Holly on Monday September 7, 2009
It happens every fall... PBS introduces new children's programs and rearranges the daily feed schedule, and we do the best we can to adjust to the changes.
We understand that children (and parents!) grow attached to OETA's schedule the way it is and don't like it when things change. That's why these changes occur around the same time that school starts. The theory is that it's best to lump all of life's changes together and adjust to them all simultaneously.
Here are this year's children's programming changes...
7am -- CURIOUS GEORGE -- No change. However, on Monday, September 7th, DINOSAUR TRAIN will air from 7am to 9am to launch that new series. The regular 7am to 8:30am programs will return to their usual time on Tuesday.
7:30am -- SID THE SCIENCE KID -- No change
8am -- SUPERWHY! -- No change
8:30am -- DINOSAUR TRAIN -- This new Jim Henson animated series bumps CLIFFORD out of the morning block. CLIFFORD has now moved to 12:30pm.
9am -- SESAME STREET -- No change
10am to Noon -- During the school year, this timeslot is organized by the OK State Department of Education. If you grew attached to RAGGS, ZULA PATROL, MAMA MIRABELLE and FRANNY'S FEET, you can seen them on OETA Kids.
12pm -- BETWEEN THE LIONS - This has moved from 12:30pm because READING RAINBOW's broadcast rights have expired. Click here for a little more information.
12:30pm -- CLIFFORD THE BIG RED DOG -- Moved from 8:30am to accomodate for DINOSAUR TRAIN.
1pm -- MARTHA SPEAKS -- This moved from the later afternoon timeslot because we found that preschool children rather than older children preferred this program. DRAGON TALES was eliminated from the schedule on our main channel, but it can be seen on OETA Kids weekdays at 11:30am and 2:30pm. In order to introduce a new program, we have to eliminate an old one, and after much research and consideration, it came down to DRAGON TALES. There haven't been any new episodes produced in a long time and we've received many complaints over the years that parents and caregivers find no educational value in that series. Max, Emmy, Cassie, Ord, Zak and Wheezie, you shall be missed.
1:30pm -- BARNEY & FRIENDS -- No change
2pm -- WORDWORLD -- No change
2:30pm -- THOMAS & FRIENDS - No change for now. However, Thomas fans need to brace themselves for the end of this year when all episodes expire. Starting in January, THOMAS & FRIENDS will go the way of READING RAINBOW.
3pm -- CURIOUS GEORGE -- No change
3:30pm -- ARTHUR -- No change
4pm -- WORDGIRL -- This used to be at 4:30pm, but we moved it up a half hour to accomodate for ELECTRIC COMPANY'S new daily timeslot. MARTHA SPEAKS moved to 1pm because we found it appealed more to preschoolers who are home during the day while their older brothers and sisters are at school.
4:30pm -- ELECTRIC COMPANY -- PBS has given this a daily slot in the schedule rather than just on Fridays like it used to be. We hope to hear positive feedback about this.
The schedule of children's programming on OETA KIDS and OETA OKLA has also changed significantly due to PBS's feed schedule changes.