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!
Written by Holly on Wednesday September 1, 2010
DRAGON TALES will no longer be part of the OETA KIDS line up starting today. The broadcast and web rights for the series have expired for OETA and all other PBS stations. Domestic distribution rights for the series now belong to Sony.
Since its premiere on PBS in 1999, DRAGON TALES has helped build children’s social emotional skills, as well as supporting a music and cultural diversity curriculum.
BARNEY & FRIENDS will replace DRAGON TALES it in the OETA KIDS schedule weekdays at 11:30am. (OETA KIDS is available on Cox Digital Cable channel 114. For more information, click here.)
Stay tuned for more changes to the children's programming schedule coming next week.
The President vs. NOVA
Written by Holly on Tuesday August 31, 2010
When President Obama goes up against NOVA, the President wins.
His speech from the Oval Office tonight will preempt the first 20 minutes or so of NOVA "Becoming Human: First Steps." We'll join the program already in progress at the conclusion of the PBS NEWSHOUR's coverage of the address.
You can see the full hour of NOVA tonight at 1am, Saturday at 3pm and Sunday at 11am.
Dove Hunting on Outdoor Oklahoma
Written by Holly on Saturday August 28, 2010
This week on OUTDOOR OKLAHOMA, we follow Damon Springer and his trusty hunting partner Candy, a black lab, as they go hunting at Oklahoma's prime dove spot, Hackberry Flat.
Programming Notes -- Week of August 23rd
Written by Holly on Monday August 23, 2010
Monday, August 23
9pm CITIZEN ARCHITECT: SAMUEL MOCKBEE AND THE SPIRIT OF THE RURAL STUDIO -- A group of students create striking architecture for impoverished communities in rural Alabama.
Tuesday, August 24
8am DINOSAUR TRAIN: UNDER THE SEA – This is a one-hour episode that will preempt SUPER WHY.
9pm THE GLENN POOL STORY -- On a chilly November day in 1905, Robert Galbreath struck oil on the Glenn farm south of Tulsa. Soon, there were hundreds of oil wells producing so much crude that the land was called the "Glenn Pool" - at the time the greatest oilfield in the nation. Black gold from this field helped fuel the nation, and brought thousands of people and a new prosperity to Oklahoma. Using archival photos and rare film clips, this video tells the compelling story of the Glenn Pool's impact on America and how, a century later, the petroleum industry still benefits Oklahoma.
9:30pm POV “The Edge of Dreaming” -- Scottish filmmaker Amy Hardie has built a career making science documentaries that reflect her rational temperament. When she dreamed one night that her horse was dying, only to wake and find the horse dead, she dismissed the incident as coincidental. Then she dreamed she would die at age 48 -- the next year. When Hardie does get ill, just as the dream predicted, her search takes her to neuroscience experts and finally a shaman.
Wednesday, August 25
8pm FRONTLINE “Law & Disorder” -- Behind the enduring images of heroic rescues undertaken by the New Orleans Police Department in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, there is another story of law enforcement in crisis, even out of control. "Law & Disorder," a year-long, ongoing collaboration among FRONTLINE, ProPublica and the New Orleans Times-Picayune, investigates charges that NOPD officers inappropriately used lethal force against New Orleans citizens and then tried to cover up their actions. Airing days before the fifth anniversary of one of the deadliest hurricanes in U.S. history and drawing from reports published in a real-time online investigation, FRONTLINE takes a fresh look at how the NOPD performed when the rules of civilized society collapsed.
9pm WASHING AWAY: AFTER THE STORMS -- Five years after hurricanes Katrina and Rita, Louisiana's recovery is far from over. In this new program, a follow-up to 2006's "Washing Away: Losing Louisiana," which revealed the causes and consequences of coastal land lost through the eyes of six individuals living through it, the same six reveal both successes and setbacks as their coastline and culture continue to give way to the Gulf.
Thursday, August 26
8:30pm STATELINE #806 “Let Me Live” – Organ, tissue and cell donation and transplantation issues in Oklahoma. The state is home to at least 525 souls per day waiting for donations. (Original Broadcast Date 2/06/07)
Friday, August 27
10:30pm DOCTOR WHO “The Journey’s End” – This is the final episode in the fourth series. Every universe is in danger as the Daleks activate their master plan to destroy reality itself. The Doctor is helpless, and even his TARDIS faces destruction. The only hope lies with the Doctor's secret army of companions – but as they join forces to battle Davros himself, the prophecy declares that one of them will die. (We will begin airing the “specials” next week that were produced after the fourth series.)
Saturday, August 28
9pm OETA MOVIE CLUB – Tonight, BJ will introduce the final two installments of AMERICAN MASTERS’ story of the Warner Brothers, followed by a late-night rebroadcast of Sunday’s MASTERPIECE MYSTERY!
Sunday, August 29
8pm MASTERPIECE MYSTERY! “Inspector Lewis, Series III: Counter Culture Blues” -- We return to new episodes of MASTERPIECE tonight... While on a routine disturbance call, Lewis is shocked to encounter a rock star he once idolized, who was believed to have died years ago. Could her sudden reappearance and attempt at a comeback album have any connection to the murder of a young orphan nearby? Joanna Lumley (from “Absolutely Fabulous”) guest stars.
Programming Notes -- Week of August 16th
Written by Holly on Monday August 16, 2010
Monday, August 16
8pm HISTORY DETECTIVES #808 – An inscription on a Phoenix rock may prove Spanish explorers came to America earlier than thought.
9pm AUGUSTUS SAINT-GAUDENS: MASTER OF AMERICAN SCULPTURE -- The story of a man considered to be America's premier sculptor of the 19th and early 20th centuries.
Tuesday, August 17
8pm CARRIER #107"Rights of Passage" – We preempted #106 "Groundhog Day" last week during primetime hours because of the pledge drive, but it did air in the early morning hours. You can watch the video online here.
9pm HISTORY DETECTIVES #807 – This fed last week while we were in our pledge drive. This episode has many historical photos of the Valentine’s Day Massacre that could be disturbing to some. Viewer discretion is advised.
10pm POV “Salt” – Highlights Murray Fredericks's remarkable photos of Lake Eyre's desolate yet beautiful environment. This film is accompanied by a selection of shorts: Ellen Frick's "A Healing Art" delves into the world of artificial eye makers as they rekindle hope for victims of tragedy; and animated shorts from the Peabody Award-winning oral-history project StoryCorps. These shorts capture the stories of everyday Americans in their own voices.
Wednesday, August 18
7pm LIVE FROM LINCOLN CENTER “South Pacific” -- Rodgers and Hammerstein's classic tale of love and prejudice, "South Pacific" airs live from the Vivian Beaumont Theater. It stars Oklahoma’s own Kelli O’Hara as the US Navy nurse Nellie Forbush who falls for the French plantation owner Emile de Becque (Paulo Szot). The score includes such classic songs as “Some Enchanted Evening,” “Younger Than Springtime,” “Bali Ha’i,” “There Is Nothin’ Like a Dame,” “A Wonderful Guy” and “This Nearly Was Mine.” Lincoln Center Theater’s revival, directed by Bartlett Sher, won seven Tonys.
Thursday, August 19
8pm GALLERY #804 – "Singing Fisherman" - On any given morning you can find Mike Crowley on the docks of Lake Hefner in Oklahoma City casting a line and catching a fish… "Lady of Peace" - Photography is her strength, but Cynthia Wolf has a soft spot for pastel.
8:30pm STATELINE #805 “Dead or Alive” -- Takes a look at the glamorization of the lawless Indian and Oklahoma territories before and just after the turn of the century. When the terrain of the territories drew the likes of the James Gang, Belle Starr and scores of equally nefarious and infamous outlaws, Oklahoma became known for shootouts and hideouts from border to border. Rugged ranchers and cowboys, accustomed to living off the land, had the skills to easily make the transition into bank and train robbers, cattle rustlers and horse thieves on the run. Although marshalls, bounty hunters, hanging judges and posses eventually caught up to the outlaws, decades passed befor Bill Doolin and other were brought down-before organized law enforcement tamed disorganized crime.
Friday, August 20
11pm OETA MOVIE CLUB “Bringing Up Baby” – This premiered on the Saturday before AugustFest, July 30th. Tonight's “Friday night encore” is only a few weeks late.
Saturday, August 21
All of the how-to programs come back to their original timeslots. For more information on programming that was preempted during the pledge drive, click here.
9pm OETA MOVIE CLUB “American Masters: You Must Remember This: The Warner Brother’s Story” – For the next couple of weeks, BJ will introduce us to the story of the Warner Brothers and their impact on the movie industry. Tonight’s program introduces us to the four brothers who founded their movie studio in 1923 and its early films and stars.
11:10pm MASTERPIECE MYSTERY! “Inspector Lewis, Series II: Quality of Mercy” – This episode of MYSTERY! originally aired in October 2009. New episodes return Sunday, August 29th. In this episode, the murder of a young actor during a student Shakespeare production unearths a dark secret.
Sunday, August 22
All of the regular Sunday programming returns. For more information on programming that was preempted during the pledge drive, click here.
1:30pm SECOND OPINION “Stroke Intervention” – Today begins the 6th season of SECOND OPINION. This informative, educational and entertaining medical series shows how doctors make decisions. The discussions include diagnosis, treatment, learning points about medical issues, tension between doctors, humor, education and concrete medical information.