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Tune In Tonight: Series shows high school’s turnaround

March 2, 2013

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The six-part documentary series “Blackboard Wars” (9 p.m. Saturday, OWN) follows a new superintendent, principal and faculty as they try to turn around the worst performing high school in New Orleans.

The students at John McDonogh High School are used to gun violence, drug dealing, rampant promiscuity, homelessness and pregnancy. Education maverick Steve Barr and Principal Marvin Thompson set out to change a school’s culture of failure and their students’ low expectations, while fighting local community activists who fear and resent any outsiders.

• After a handsome author (Cameron Mathison) and his wife (Annie Wersching) discover that they cannot conceive, they decide to allow his faithful assistant (Amy Scott) to bear their child in the 2013 shocker “The Surrogate” (8 p.m. Saturday, Lifetime). What are the chances that she turns out to be a homicidal maniac?

Saturday's other highlights

• Cora hunts for Rumpelstiltskin’s booty on “Once Upon a Time” (8 p.m., ABC).

• A young police commissioner’s rapid rise is explained in flashbacks on “Golden Boy” (9 p.m., CBS).

• Hardy’s narrow escape on “The Following” (9 p.m., Fox).

• An inventor’s death appears linked to a tycoon’s ambition on “Ripper Street” (9 p.m., BBC America).

• Richard Gere, John Malkovich, Saoirse Ronan and Taylor Swift appear on “The Graham Norton Show” (10:15 p.m., BBC America).

• Kevin Hart hosts “Saturday Night Live” (11:30 p.m., NBC), featuring musical guest Macklemore and Ryan Lewis.

Cult choice

Long before refashioning himself as a sophisticate and a contributor to the New Yorker, Steve Martin starred in the silly 1979 comedy “The Jerk” (9:35 p.m. Saturday, Encore).

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