The documentary series premiered in February 2011, just weeks after the launch of the channel that is a joint venture of Oprah Winfrey and Discovery Communications. The docu series hosted by journo Ling remained a staple even as OWN has shifted its focus to more entertainment fare in primetime.
“Our America” has explored a range of substantive issues and controversies across the country. The final season will take an in-depth look at topics such as gun violence in Philadelphia, ADHD in American families, the largest foster care system in the country, criminal informants, the HIV epidemic in the African American community and the emotional story of a woman held captive for months.
The final batch of 10 “Our America with Lisa Ling” episodes will premiere May 29 with Ling examining churches in Georgia and Florida that practice “deliverance” to rid congregants of demons.
“Over the past three years, ‘Our America’ has cast a bright light into dark places, raised awareness of some of our country’s most controversial issues and provided a voice to those who are often not heard,” said OWN co-president Sheri Salata. “Lisa Ling’s top-notch journalistic work is the best in the industry, and we can’t wait to see her soar in her next chapter,” added OWN co-president Erik Logan.