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!
Last of the Summer Wine
Written by Holly on Thursday November 25, 2010
Yes! The day has finally come! We finally have *new* LAST OF THE SUMMER WINE episodes for our loyal Britcom fans!
You've been telling us for years there are new episodes out there. And we believed you!! But we couldn't get the broadcast rights. Well, now we have them, and they'll begin airing tonight...
Seasons 29 through 32 will air Monday through Thursday from now until sometime in March of next year. At that point, we'll start over again and air all of the LAST OF THE SUMMER WINE episodes in chronological order.
The chronological order will be interrupted the week of Christmas so that we can air special holiday episodes.
On this Thanksgiving evening, I want to give a big THANK YOU to our Members who've contributed money to OETA for the purchase of these programs and many others. Without our Members, there would be no LAST OF THE SUMMER WINE or VICAR OF DIBLEY or FAWLTY TOWERS or DOCTOR WHO or AMERICA'S TEST KITCHEN or RED GREEN SHOW or OETA MOVIE CLUB... I could go on and on, but you get the idea. You can become a Member and take some of the credit for OETA airing these programs by clicking here.
Thanksgiving Weekend Programming Notes
Written by Holly on Wednesday November 24, 2010
Thursday, November 25
10a to 12p The State Department of Education's "Instructional Television" (ITV) block goes on holiday break for the next couple of days. OETA has the opportunity to fill this two-hour time period with programming of our choice. In keeping with the holiday spirit, we've chosen programs with Thanksgiving in the storylines. MAYA & MIGUEL, ARTHUR and DRAGONFLYTV are all Thanksgiving-themed episodes. SONGS OF THANKSGIVING is a beautiful music program that will help set the mood while you're setting the table. It repeats again at dinnertime.
6:30pm SONGS OF THANKSGIVING – Often the best opportunity to express genuine gratitude is through the kindness and service we give to others. In this program, the Mormon Tabernacle Choir performs inspiring music that captures the true spirit of Thanksgiving. For those of you who tuned in to see OKLAHOMA NEWS REPORT, there will not be a newscast tonight. It will return on Monday, November 29. (As a state agency on a reduced budget, we must remain closed on holidays.)
8pm GALLERY “The People’s Gallery” (#904) -- Judge Robert Henry leads us on a tour of the art pieces that hang in the State Capitol Building. (Original Broadcast Date -- 11/13/08)
8:30pm STATELINE “Mr. Military Mom” (#1204) -- Follows two Oklahoma men taking care of their homes and kids while their wives are deployed overseas. (Original Broadcast Date -- 11/11/10)
10pm DIERKS BENTLEY LIVE AT THE RYMAN You've asked and we're answering. We're adding more country and bluegrass music to our schedule. Tonight's special is brand new out of Nashville. It replaces AUSTIN CITY LIMITS tonight only. ACL will return next week.
11pm LAST OF THE SUMMER WINE – This is the first episode of the “new” Seasons 29-32. We’ve never aired these episodes before. Loyal fans have been requesting them for years and they've just recently been made available to us. We will air these episodes in chronological order between now and March 2011, and then we’ll start over again from the beginning. Some viewers will like them. Some will say they're not as funny as the older ones. We can't please all of our viewers all of the time... but we will keep trying!
Friday, November 26
6:30am CURIOUS GEORGE: FOLLOW THAT MONKEY – This is a 90min special feeding from PBS a half hour earlier than the usual CURIOUS GEORGE feed. If you miss part of it, you can purchase it at many retail outlets. Unfortunately, it will not air again this year on OETA.
8am A VERY MONKEY CHRISTMAS – This is a special NEW one-hour episode of CURIOUS GEORGE. It will air again 12/23 at 10am, or you can purchase it from the Shop PBS online store.
10a to 12p As I mentioned in above, ITV is on holiday break. PRIMA PRINCESSA PRESENTS THE NUTCRACKER and CRICKET ON THE HEARTH are special holiday-themed children’s programs airing in place of the usual ITV programs. PRIMA PRINCESSA will air again on 12/24 at 10am, but CRICKET ON THE HEARTH won't be seen again until next year.
6:30pm STATELINE “The People’s House” (#903) – Takes viewers inside the house and the history of the Governor’s mansion. As mentioned above, OKLAHOMA NEWS REPORT will return on Monday, November 29th.
7:30pm NEED TO KNOW – All segments in tonight's program are repeats, except for “Just Ask Peter Sagal” where he shares some tips on how to survive a holiday family gathering. I will definitely DVR this one.
9pm LIVE FROM THE ARTISTS DEN “Dierks Bentley” – It’s a Dierks Bentley Thanksgiving weekend on OETA!
Saturday, November 27
5pm HISTORY DETECTIVES – This is the last HISTORY DETECTIVES we’re going to air for a while. We’ve shown every episode from Season 8 several times. Christmas programming will fill this timeslot in December. And then starting next year, the 5pm timeslot will be filled with a "best of” program from earlier in the week. Much of it will be PIONEERS OF TELEVISION. Good stuff.
9pm OETA MOVIE CLUB “A Fish Called Wanda” I betcha never thought you’d see this one on the OETA MOVIE CLUB. Well, our movie supplier hasn’t given us as many “classic” movies as in previous years. As a public television station with a limited budget, we can’t call up MGM or Warner Brothers and ask for the broadcast rights to classic films. We are limited to the “movie packages” offered by distributors like American Public Television. They do a pretty good job of giving us hit movies. But those of you who are classic film purists might be disappointed by “A Fish Called Wanda.” Don’t blame BJ! He has nothing to do with the selection. He’s just there to enjoy the show with you. You can join BJ next week for “The Night They Raided Minsky’s.”
Sunday, November 28
Most PBS stations are starting their pledge drives today, November 28th. OETA is one of the few stations that does not hold a pledge drive in December. Since PBS isn't feeding any new programming this week, we can air some wonderful programs that have been requested by our viewers. I'll post more about those programs later.
1pm TRICKS OF THE TRADE – OUTSMARTING INVESTMENT FRAUD – Reveals common persuasion tactics of con artists and the underlying psychologies of financial scams. OKLAHOMA FORUM and CLOSER TO TRUTH will return next week. No episodes will be skipped.
2:30pm RELIGION & ETHICS NEWSWEEKLY – This is an encore episode. A new one was not produced because most PBS stations are in their pledge drives.
3pm OKLAHOMA HORIZON -- Travel to Medicine Park to learn the fascinating history and culture of the town.
8pm GREAT PERFORMANCES “Sondheim: The Birthday Concert” – PBS isn't feeding a new episode of MASTERPIECE tonight (or next week) while stations are in their pledge drives. Here's another chance to enjoy this incredible new GREAT PERFORMANCES episode. (A program much like this one aired twelve years ago and it caused something inside me to click. I realized that I belong in public television, not commercial. You'll never find something like this on commercial TV.)
11:30pm VICAR OF DIBLEY – Returns to the schedule. Like I said about LAST OF THE SUMMER WINE... Some viewers will be happy about this. Some will be upset. Viewers who want to see more FAWLTY TOWERS can enjoy all of the episodes again on the OKLA Channel starting December 11th, Saturdays at 10:30pm.
Choctaw Code Talkers
Written by Holly on Tuesday November 16, 2010
I'll be honest. I'm not much of a history buff. But I've always been fascinated by this story...
It was 1918. The world was at war. German Forces were continuing to decipher the Allied Forces’ radio codes. They'd tapped into phone lines and captured messenger runners. They anticipated many of the Allied movements and strategies.
Allied Forces were desperate to find a way to communicate without the enemy eavesdropping. They approached Choctaw soldiers, who were serving as part of the American Expeditionary Forces in France, and asked them to use their native language to transmit messages. These brave men weren't even considered American citizens yet, but there they were... fighting on the battlefields and in the trenches, using a weapon that only they possessed... changing the course of world history.
The Navajo Code Talkers got more press in later years for their code talking efforts in WWII, but it was the handful of brave and patriotic Choctaw soldiers who laid the foundation for all future battlefield code talkers.
The new documentary CHOCTAW CODE TALKERS tells the whole story, with riveting historical reenactments, photographs and interviews from Choctaw leaders and historians. It airs Wednesday, November 17th at 10pm on OETA. Here's a clip...
Tina Fey is FUNNY!
Written by Holly on Friday November 12, 2010
You've probably heard by now that Tina Fey won the 2010 Mark Twain Prize for Humor early this week. How would you like to see the full ceremony, including priceless bits by Fey's co-stars, peers and mentors?
Watch OETA this Sunday night at 8pm for TINA FEY: THE KENNEDY CENTER MARK TWAIN PRIZE and see the celebration of Fey's works on stage, behind the scenes and in print, with clips from her time anchoring "Weekend Update" and some of the commercials she wrote, including a spoof on "mom jeans."
You can expect to see big names like Steve Martin, Alec Baldwin, Amy Poehler, Betty White and even Mark Twain himself on stage to show their support for this youngest recipient of the Mark Twain prize.
The producers of the program sat down with Fey before the ceremony to hear her answers to questions submitted by viewers like you....
To Our Veterans
Written by Holly on Wednesday November 10, 2010
"On Veterans Day, we come together to pay tribute to the men and women who have worn the uniform of the United States Armed Forces. Americans across this land commemorate the patriots who have risked their lives to preserve the liberty of our Nation, the families who support them, and the heroes no longer with us. It is not our weapons or our technology that make us the most advanced military in the world; it is the unparalleled spirit, skill, and devotion of our troops. As we honor our veterans with ceremonies on this day, let our actions strengthen the bond between a Nation and her warriors."
-- President Barack Obama
OETA is dedicating much of our programming this week to our servicemen and women. The following is just a portion of the programs airing in honor of them.
OETA HD (Main)
Oklahoma News Report -- Will include a look at efforts to address the growing number of veterans who are homeless. (11/10 at 6:30pm)
Stateline "Mr. Military Mom" -- Follows two Oklahoma men taking care of their homes and kids while their wives are taking care of our country by serving overseas. (11/11 at 8:30pm)
Mike Boettcher: On the Record -- Ponca City native and University of Oklahoma graduate Mike Boettcher has spent more than thirty years as a news correspondent for CNN, ABC and NBC. His work in the most recent years has been covering the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Boettcher is currently working in Afghanistan with the U.S. Army's 101st Airborne Division. (11/11 at 6:30pm)
Oklahoma Passage (1930-1990) -- The final installment of this series takes the fictional Benton family through World War II. Hannah’s brother Daniel joins the Oklahoma National Guard and, after training at Fort Sill, fights in Europe with the 45th Division, which General George Patton would later describe as “the best division in the history of American arms.” (11/12 at 10am)
Oklahoma World War II Stories -- Oklahoma sent more than 268,000 men to the battlefields of World War II. This documentary captures some of the stories of these soldiers in their own words. (11/10 at 3pm)
Voices of Oklahoma "Military" -- Dr. Bob Blackburn looks at the history of the military in Oklahoma. (11/11 at 2:30pm)
Stateline "My War" -- A compelling chronicle of Oklahoma Vietnam Veteran war experiences – in their own words. The stories include an Air Force helicopter crewman, an infantry soldier and a Navy nurse . (11/11 at 10am, 3pm)
Stateline "Red Threat" -- The program chronicles the service of Oklahomans in the second world war and the Korean conflict. It also examines the impact of wartime and post-war military operations in the state. (11/12 at 10am, 3pm)
When Families Grieve -- This program features several families coping with the death of a parent, especially one serving in the military. (11/12 at 8pm)
Medal of Honor -- Profiles America's greatest heroes, recipients of our country's highest honor for military service. (11/12 at 9pm)