SEASON(S): 1 (6 episodes, 0 of which have yet to air)
ADDITIONAL NOTES: a show on hiatus for longer than 12 months - without any news about its future - is assumed to be canceled
DESCRIPTION: (from OWN's press release, February 2013) OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network to premiere the new original docu-series "Blackboard Wars," depicting the dramatic transformation of New Orleans' John McDonogh High School, this Saturday, February 16 at 9 p.m. ET/PT (previously March 2). The premiere will immediately follow a special "Oprah's Next Chapter" at 8 p.m. ET/PT featuring Winfrey's interview with Beyoncé about the making of her upcoming documentary "Beyoncé: Life Is But A Dream." "Blackboard Wars" centers on a high school tarnished by failing academic performance and stigmatized by a culture of violence. Granted unprecedented access, cameras go behind the scenes to follow no-nonsense principal Dr. Marvin Thompson and education maverick Steve Barr as they embark together on an unpredictable mission to reinvent and revive the struggling school. Throughout the series, viewers will witness the daily challenges the staff face as their students struggle with a range of emotionally demanding obstacles including homelessness, violence, drug use and teenage pregnancy. Tensions mount as teachers work to earn the trust of thestudents amidst intense scrutiny from the community.