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!
Happy Mother's Day on OETA Create
Written by Holly on Saturday May 8, 2010
It’s Mother’s Day weekend!
Okay, technically Sunday is the special day to spoil that special woman in your life, but OETA Create wants to make Saturday special as well. Today we'll share special moments with some master chefs as Mary Ann Esposito pays homage to her mom, Daisy Martinez prepares her abuela (grandmother’s) special pork chops and home décor guru Katie Brown shows how to prepare a personalized Mother’s Day gift.
I'd like to give a special Day-Before-Mother's-Day shout out to my mother, Amelia Watkins, who loves "how-to" programming like what we have on OETA Create. Unfortunately, she lives in rural Oklahoma and can't receive the OETA Create channel. But she does watch our main channel, and I greatly appreciate all the feedback she gives me on our quilting progamming. She knows what she's talking about! Below is a picture of one of the incredible, handstitched quilts she made using my husband's old "car show" t-shirts. Hi, mom! I love you!
Friday Night Lineup
Written by Holly on Friday May 7, 2010
Friday nights are changing a little on OETA.
Last week's episodes of NOW ON PBS and BILL MOYERS JOURNAL were the final ones due to Bill Moyers' plans to retire (again). The new Friday night lineup looks like this:
- 7pm WASHINGTON WEEK
- 7:30p NEED TO KNOW -- A cross-media news and public affairs magazine that culls stories from the best of the week's online reporting. The program will feature documentary-style reports, short features, studio-based interviews and more, covering five primary news beats: the Economy; the Environment and Energy; Health; National Security; and Culture.
- 8:30p BBC NEWSNIGHT -- A weekly round-up of news and current affairs including interviews with global opinion formers and documentary features from all over the world. Presenters include Jeremy Paxman, Kirsty Wark, Gavin Esler and Emily Maitlis. Thought-provoking and informative, Newsnight offers in-depth analysis of complex global issues. BBC Newsnight is commissioned by BBC World News, which is presented nationally on public television by KCET Los Angeles. Produced out of the BBC's London studio, BBC Newsnight and BBC World News draw from the BBC's unrivalled global newsgathering resource of 2,000 journalists and 70 international bureaus.
- 9pm Music Programming
- 10pm THE RED GREEN SHOW
- 10:25p DOCTOR WHO -- The new season starts next week!
- 11:10p OETA MOVIE CLUB (encore of Saturday night's movie)
Goldman Sachs CEO Visits With Charlie Rose
Written by Holly on Friday April 30, 2010
Lloyd Blankfein, the CEO and Chairman of Goldman Sachs, will be on CHARLIE ROSE tonight at 10pm. We will repeat this episode on OKLA at 2am Saturday morning (aka "late, late tonight") and Sunday afternoon at 4pm.
Doctor Who as Hamlet
Written by Holly on Tuesday April 27, 2010
Tune in tomorrow night as Shakespeare’s immortal “To be, or not to be” takes on a whole new meaning (and medium) as classical stage and screen actors David Tennant and (recently knighted) Sir Patrick Stewart and reprise their roles for a modern-dress, film-for-television adaptation of the Royal Shakespeare Company’s 2008 stage production of Hamlet. The 3-1/2 hour program begins Wednesday evening at 7pm on OETA.
"Hamlet” aired in the UK on the day after Christmas, when more than 900,000 viewers tuned in for the BBC broadcast. In an article in The Observer, Britain’s Prime Minister Gordon Brown wrote, “Like many people, I had my love of Shakespeare reawakened by David Tennant’s TV portrayal of Hamlet … .”
Best known for his performance in the title role of the popular British TV series “Doctor Who” since 2005, Tennant made his debut in October as the host of MASTERPIECE CONTEMPORARY on PBS. His many other credits include his recent portrayal of Barty Crouch Junior in the big-screen blockbuster Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. Tennant has also received numerous awards from the theatre community for his lead roles in several Shakespearean productions and other classic plays.
Veteran stage and screen actor Sir Patrick Stewart reprises his 2009 Laurence Olivier Award-winning role of Claudius in the screen version, which is directed by Gregory Doran, who reprises his stage direction of the production.
The adaptation re-creates the tone and atmosphere of the stage production in a film-style interpretation shot in HD on location at St. Joseph’s College in Mill Hill, London.
Early Morning Programming
Written by Holly on Saturday April 24, 2010
If you're like me and most of your primetime hours are dedicated to your family, OETA has a new opportunity for you to catch up on some of the wonderful programming offered by PBS.
Starting this Sunday, OETA's early morning hours of 5am to 7am will be filled with repeats of primetime programming from earlier in the week. For example, on Monday morning, we'll air Sunday night's NATURE program "Frogs: The Thin Green Line" at 5am, followed by last Thursday's GROWING GREENER SCHOOLS at 6am.
For the past several years, we've had similar programming in the hours of midnight to 5am, but not many of us are awake at those hours. So this addition of PBS programming in the early morning is more accomodating to viewers who do not have DVRs or other such recording devices.
The schedule will have a somewhat regular pattern, but you'll need to keep an eye on the online schedule so that you don't miss anything.
I hope you'll enjoy this chance to catch up on some of the fine programming PBS and OETA has to offer!