Blackboard Wars: OWN TV Series Debuts March 2nd

blackboard warsOWN has announced the launch of their new non-scripted TV series, Blackboard Wars, that follows the transformation of a high school in New Orleans. It will premiere on Saturday, March 2nd and run for six episodes.

Here’s the press release:


Los Angeles – OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network’s new original docu-series “Blackboard Wars,” depicting the dramatic transformation of New Orleans’ John McDonogh High School, premieres Saturday, March 2 at 9 p.m. ET/PT with six weekly one-hour episodes.

“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 education maverick Steve Barr and no-nonsense principal Dr. Marvin Thompson as they embark together on an unpredictable mission to reinvent and revive the struggling school.

In January 2012, the New Orleans state-run Recovery School District announced the selection of charter organization Future is Now Schools: New Orleans (FIN: NOLA) to operate a Type 5 Charter of John McDonogh High School starting with the 2012-13 school year. FIN CEO Steve Barr, who had previously overseen the transition of Locke High School in the Watts neighborhood of Los Angeles, hired a new staff led by principal Dr. Marvin Thompson. Together, the new John McDonogh staff lay out clear expectations for student behavior and daily attendance while working to create a safe environment for students as they foster school pride and unity.

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 struggle to earn the trust of the students amidst intense scrutiny from the community. The staffmust pull together as they strive to establish the new vision for the high school and provide a better future for their students.

“Blackboard Wars” is produced by Discovery Studios, executive produced by Eddie Barbini and JeffKuntz.

For a sneak peek of the premiere episode of “Blackboard Wars” please visit:


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What do you think? Does this new TV series sound promising?

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  1. J Songer says

    I watched the entire series this year and loved it !! I looked forward to show each week. This is real life for so many kids in our country that just need some guidance. Bravo for the teachers, staff, principal and financial backer who are doing something about it!
    Please bring it back!! Advertise BIG this time & people will watch.

  2. Lora Keller says

    Wonderful show. I work in education and it’s terrific to see the struggles portrayed from all the different angles-teachers (especially new teachers), administration, students, parents and community. If Charter schools are going to be the future then this appears to be an honest look at the process of development. Thanks-

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