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 February 13, 2013
Don't miss NOVA tonight at 8pm!
The episode is titled "Earth From Space" and it's a groundbreaking two-hour special that reveals a spectacular new space-based vision of our planet.
NOVA producers worked with NASA scientists and used satellite data to transform our planet into dazzling visual sequences. In tonight's epsiode, we'll see all of the intricate and surprising forces that sustain life on earth. We'll see how dust blown from the Sahara fertilizes the Amazon; how a vast submarine "waterfall" off Antarctica helps drive ocean currents around the world; and how the sun's heating up of the southern Atlantic gives birth to a colossally powerful hurricane.
From the microscopic world of water molecules vaporizing over the ocean to the magnetic field that is bigger than Earth itself, the show reveals the astonishing beauty and complexity of our dynamic planet.
Now, after that description, how could you miss it?! Okay, if you DO miss it, tune in Saturday morning at 5am or Saturday afternoon at 3pm for encore broadcasts.
Still not convinced? Watch the video here.
Programming Notes 2/08 to 2/14
Written by Holly on Friday February 8, 2013
Friday, February 8
7pm ONR – Dick Pryor is out sick, so Lis Exon will be hosting tonight.
11:15pm OETA MOVIE CLUB 25th Anniversary Double Feature – This is a repeat from last Saturday. The movies are “An Affair to Remember” and “Once.”
Saturday, February 9
7:30am SUNUP -- SUNUP explains current federal crop insurance program options. Plus: animal disease traceability rules; grain and cattle markets; drought monitor; socket wrenches; canola management advice; and oats as forage option during drought.
10:30am AMERICA’S TEST KITCHEN – We’ve stopped repeating the 12th season so that we can bring you the premiere of the 13th season. We love Chris Kimball!
9pm OETA MOVIE CLUB “Hawaii” starring Julie Andrews and Max von Sydow – This is a very long movie, which pushes the repeat of Downton Abbey down to approximately 12:30am.
O K L A – 5pm and 6pm – SHAKESPEARE UNCOVERED – This series has aired on OKLA for the past few Saturdays. It can also be seen online here.
Sunday, February 10
6:30am RELIGION & ETHICS NEWSWEEKLY – TobyMac!! – Grammy Awards will be given to the top performers in music, including the genres of Gospel and Contemporary Christian music. Kim Lawton looks at the growth in Christian music, with strong sales and new success in the mainstream charts and interviews leading Christian recording artists--and 2013 Grammy nominees--TobyMac and rapper Lecrae. (Just a reminder: In order to bring you OKLAHOMA CAPITOL CONNECTION at 1:30pm, we must slide RELIGION & ETHICS down to 6:30am. If this is too late, it also airs on OKLA at 10:30pm on Sunday nights.)
1:30pm OKLAHOMA CAPITOL CONNECTION – This is the second week for this new program. OETA Executive Director Dan Schiedel sits down with legislators and public office holders. This week, he chats with Rep. Marty Quinn, (R) District 9 and Rep. Pat Ownbey, (R) District 48. Each episode of OKLAHOMA CAPITOL CONNECTION will repeat on Tuesday nights at 10pm and several times on OKLA.
7pm MASTERPIECE CLASSIC “Downton Abbey, Season 3, Episode 5” – repeat of last week’s episode
8pm MASTERPIECE CLASSIC “Downton Abbey, Season 3, Episode 6” – premiere (120min)
Monday, February 11
7pm ANTIQUES ROADSHOW – Boston, MA
8pm MARKET WARRIORS – Chantilly, VA
9pm SPACE SHUTTLE COLUMBIA: MISSION OF HOPE -- From the depths of hell to the heights of space, this documentary tells the compelling, untold story of a crewmember's determination to fulfill his "mission within a mission" aboard the space shuttle Columbia. Learn how and why a small Torah scroll that survived the Holocaust was entrusted to Israeli astronaut Ilan Ramon as he lifted into space on Columbia's ultimately ill-fated flight.
Tuesday, February 12
7pm FRONTLINE “Cliffhanger” – This is a different time period for FRONTLINE so that we can bring you the President’s “State of the Union” address at 8pm.
8pm PBS NEWSHOUR SPECIAL REPORT – State of the Union – People wanting to see JOHN D. ROCKEFELLER: AMERICAN EXPERIENCE can set their DVRs for midnight tonight or tune in tomorrow on OKLA at 8pm.
10pm OKLAHOMA CAPITOL CONNECTION – This is a repeat of the Sunday at 1:30pm premiere.
10:30pm DEVON ENERGY CENTER
Wednesday, February 13
7pm NATURE “Cold Warriors: Wolves and Buffalo”
8pm NOVA “Earth from Space” – Special 120min NOVA takes data from earth-observing satellites and transforms it into dazzling visual sequences. I've seen a clip of this episode... STUNNING!
♥ ♥ ♥Thursday, February 14 ♥ ♥ ♥
9am COLONIAL WILLIAMSBURG ELECTRONIC FIELD TRIP – This replaces SESAME STREET in the schedule today only.
7pm STATELINE #1404 “Thunder Boom” – Oklahoma City Thunder Basketball (premiere)
9pm DOC MARTIN “Movement” -- Bert Large opens his own restaurant, but things go wrong when people complain of food poisoning.
10pm CALL THE MIDWIFE #106 – Originally, there was an error and #105 was scheduled to air (out of order) tonight. The mistake has been corrected, but some listings services might still show the wrong information. We are airing them in correct order, regardless of what the listings say.
Religion & Ethics Newsweekly -- New Time!
Written by Holly on Thursday February 7, 2013
In case you missed it, RELIGION & ETHICS NEWSWEEKLY has a new time period. It's on at 6:30am on Sunday mornings on our main HD channel and Sunday nights at 10:30pm on our OKLA channel.
On this week's episode, R&E's Kim Lawton looks at the growth in Christian music, with strong sales and new success in the mainstream charts. She'll interview leading Christian recording artists and 2013 Grammy nominees TobyMac and rapper Lecrae.
Also in this week's episode, Deborah Potter examines the life of Dorothy Day, founder of the Catholic Worker movement 80 years ago. Day became a champion of the poor and now has the unanimous support of the U.S. bishops for canonization, having been called by Cardinal Dolan of New York "a saint for our times."
Programming Notes 2/02 to 2/07
Written by Holly on Saturday February 2, 2013
Saturday, February 2
7:30am SUNUP -- SUNUP discusses winter wheat conditions across Oklahoma and offers advice on top dress application. Plus: calf scours prevention, pasture regrowth, Oklahoma Quality Beef Network, wheat prices, crop insurance deadlines, Mesonet weather, wild hogs, sorting leftover bolts and 4-H Extension educator science training.
8pm OETA MOVIE CLUB 25th Anniversary Double Feature! -- “An Affair to Remember” and “Once”
Sunday, February 3
6:30am RELIGION & ETHICS NEWSWEEKLY – In order to bring you OKLAHOMA CAPITOL CONNECTION at 1:30pm (in the former ROLL CALL time period), we must slide RELIGION & ETHICS down to 6:30am. If this is too early, this program also airs on OKLA at 10:30pm on Sunday nights.
8am OUTDOOR OKLAHOMA -- Outdoor Oklahoma highlights two of the many practices that the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife use to help manage and even study the resident and migratory waterfowl population in Oklahoma. From a "goose round-up" to an aerial view of a millet seeding program, Outdoor Oklahoma gets you up close to waterfowl science.
8:30pm TRACKS AHEAD – We’ve aired all of the new AVIATORS episodes, so now we’re back to trains. But planes will be back eventually. And automobiles will continue at 7am. :)
12:30pm OKLAHOMA FORUM – “Corrections Crisis” -- Overcrowding is reaching a critical point in state prisons and county jails. We discuss what’s causing the problem and its impact and the Department of Corrections’ need for additional funding, with: Justin Jones, Director, Oklahoma Department of Corrections… Chris West, Undersheriff, Canadian County… Don Hewett, Sheriff, McClain County… Major Shannon Clark, Public Information Officer, Tulsa County Sheriff’s Office
1:30pm OKLAHOMA CAPITOL CONNECTION – This program is much like last year’s ROLL CALL. Dan Schiedel sits down with legislators and public office holders. This week he chats with Lt. Governor Todd Lamb and Representative Randy Grau. Each episode will repeat on Tuesday nights at 10pm and several times on OKLA. RELIGION & ETHICS NEWSWEEKLY usually airs in this timeslot. It has been temporarily moved to 6:30am. (See note above at 6:30am.)
7pm MASTERPIECE “Downton Abbey” – Episode 4 (from last week)
8pm MASTERPIECE “Downton Abbey” – Episode 5 (premiere)
9pm MASTERPIECE “Downton Abbey” – Episode 5 (repeat of the 8pm episode)
Monday, February 4
12:30pm STATE OF THE STATE – OETA is producing and airing this live.
9pm STATE OF THE STATE – Repeat of the 12:30pm live broadcast.
Tuesday, February 5
7pm PIONEERS OF TELEVISION “Miniseries”
8pm SILICON VALLEY:AMERICAN EXPERIENCE – Tonight’s programming has undergone many changes due to changes from PBS and the scheduled State of the Union presidential address later this month. Because of this, the listings services might not have the information correct. If anyone's television guides or newspapers show programming different from this, that's the reason. The same can be said about the next two Tuesdays after tonight. Here's a tip: The program guide on the OETA website comes directly from our Traffic and Operations software. It will always be correct.
9:30pm THE MYSTERIOUS LOST STATE OF FRANKLIN -- At the end of the American Revolution, frontier settlers beyond the Appalachian mountains broke away from North Carolina to form their own government. They named their new territory The State of Franklin. The region's citizens, once united against the British Crown, now found themselves divided against one another.
10pm OKLAHOMA CAPITOL CONNECTION – Sunday’s episode will be repeated each week in this time period.
10:30pm FOOD FORWARD “Urban Agriculture Across America”
Wednesday, February 6
7pm NATURE “Attenborough’s Life Stories, Part 3”
8pm NOVA “Building Pharoah’s Chariot”
9pm LIFE ON FIRE “Pioneers of the Deep”
10pm GLOBE TREKKER “East Texas”
Thursday, February 7
7pm GALLERY #1304 -- Gallery shows how a poem feeds the soul, bringing us poets who are sharing all they know… And Phillip Danner and Jarrod Smith provide studio space at an affordable rate and expand the number of opportunities for artists in the Plaza District by holding several free art openings and music events monthly. (PREMIERE)
9pm DOC MARTIN “The Apple Doesn’t Fall” -- Portwenn has a new police officer following the departure of PC Mark Mylow after his doomed marriage. His replacement is PC Joseph Penhale,who appears to have an odd affliction which causes him to fall asleep suddenly at strange times. The doctor discovers that he has narcolepsy brought on by a kick to the head from a horse suffered two years earlier. Village plumber Bert Large is having a midlife crisis. His son Al has left the village on his travels round the world and Bert feels left out in the cold. Doc Martin offers no help.
10pm CALL THE MIDWIFE #105 – In the earlier version of the listings, this was posted as #106. That would have been out of order. I’ve sent the corrections to the listings services. I hope they make the corrections in the guides. Tonight should be #105 and next week should be #106, and the following week will be the holiday special from last December. New episodes of CALL THE MIDWIFE are coming at the end of March!!
"Up With Downton" Podcasts
Written by Holly on Monday January 28, 2013
Yes, we're still chatting about Downton Abbey! If you'd like to hear us, here is a link to our podcasts. Last night's episode (#4) is at the top, with #3 below it, then #2, etc.
New ones are posted Mondays or Tuesdays, depending on when we have time to record them.
If you've never listened, be warned... We're not fancy. We're just a few OETA staff members who love the show and thought maybe people would like to eavesdrop on our conversations. We take the show very seriously. We're PBS nerds. I guess we work at the right place.