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A&E to launch “Undercover High” in October

A&E has set an October air date for Lucky 8 TV’s docuseries that follows seven young adults enrolled for a semester in a Kansas high school. Undercover High is slated to trace ...
September 7, 2017

A&E has set an October air date for Lucky 8 TV’s docuseries that follows seven young adults enrolled for a semester in a Kansas high school.

Undercover High is slated to trace the seven participants, aged 21 to 26, as they embed themselves in the culture of Highland Park High School in Topeka, Kansas. The overagers will attend class, make friends, and participate in school clubs and activities to provide insight into the modern-day teenager.

Undercover High serves as an important addition to A&E’s current line-up of honest, raw and boundary-pushing non-fiction programming,” said Elaine Frontain Bryant Bryant, EVP and head of programming for A&E, in a statement. “Our goal is that through this unparalleled access, viewers are transported back to high school to prompt important conversations about the issues our youth faces today. We are so grateful to the Topeka school officials, students and the parents for their continued support.”

Included in the group of young adults are a former bully, victims of bullying, a teen mom, a youth motivational speaker, a set of siblings and a teen minister.

To be selected for Undercover High, the group endured an intensive screening process that included background checks, extensive training and ongoing meetings with psychologists and school counselors.

Each with personal motivations driving them to help enact positive change, the participants, unaware of each other, arrive on campus where only the school administrators and select members of the community know their true identities and the reason for their semester-long stay.

A&E will roll out extensive digital content surrounding “Undercover High,” including a short-form series touching on very topical issues facing teens and parents today. In addition, the network will make a robust list of resources available to address a variety of pertinent issues relevant to teens raised in the series, both on-air and online. A web-based resource center will be available for viewers here:www.aetv.com/undercoverhighresources

The 12-part series, which premieres Oct. 10 at 10 p.m. ET/PT on A&E, will be produced by Lucky 8 TV via its subsidiary Learning Tree Productions.

Lucky 8′s Gregory Henry, Kimberly Woodard, Jeff Grogan, Kelly McClurkin, Charlie Marquardt and Amy Goodman Kass will executive produce the series. Executive producers for A&E are Elaine Frontain Bryant, Shelly Tatro, Brad Holcman and Molly Ebinger.

A+E Networks retains worldwide distribution rights.

About The Author
Daniele Alcinii is a news reporter at realscreen, the leading international publisher of non-fiction film and television industry news and content. He joins the rs team with journalism experience following a stint out west with Sun Media in Edmonton's Capital Region, and communications work in Melbourne, Australia and Toronto. You can follow him on Twitter at @danielealcinii.

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