By Curt Wagner
1:49 PM CDT, August 21, 2011
Several TV networks will commemorate the 10th anniversary of the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001, with news specials, live coverage from Ground Zero, films and special episodes of scripted series. Many of those specials begin this week, and I've tried to list all the major anniversary programs below. I'll update the list as more are announced. Date/times are subject to change, so consult your local TV listings. All times listed are Central, and descriptions from network press releases.
WEEK OF AUG. 21
"Rising: Rebuilding Ground Zero"
7 p.m. nightly Aug. 25-Sept. 1, Discovery Channel
7 p.m. Aug. 28-Sept. 4 encore on Science Channel
4 p.m. Sept. 11, entire special reairs on Science Channel
From executive producer Steven Spielberg, DreamWorks Television, Discovery Channel and Science Channel comes the story of hope from darkness, life from ashes, a dream born from a nightmare. The six-hour special showcases the men and women determined to rebuild and restore a sacred site, constructing the new, 104-story One World Trade Center.
WEEK OF AUG. 28
"Inside 9/11: The War Continues"
8 p.m. Aug. 28, NAT GEO
NGC presents a new update to its 2005 "Inside 9/11." With a new world premiere hour, we track a seemingly moderate U.S. imam suspected of orchestrating terrorist attacks from within American communities, and the interwoven but splintered al-Qaida groups across the globe. These groups executed attacks in Madrid, London, Fort Hood and Bombay. To stop these loosely affiliated groups from acting again, the FBI looks for clues in mountains of information. Learn how attacks following 9/11 are shaping the new front of al-Qaida and the U.S. reaction to these events
"George W. Bush: The 9/11 Interview"
9 p.m. Aug. 28, NAT GEO
The world premiere documentary reveals exclusive, first-person insight into the man at the epicenter of our government's decisions in the face of the deadliest terrorist attack launched on American soil. Taped over the course of a two-day interview, President George W. Bush opens up with candid details and personal experiences on the grueling hours and pressure-packed days following the attacks. George W. Bush: The 9/11 Interview also opens a new window into his personal account, with never-before-released archival footage and exclusive materials directly from the George W. Bush Presidential Library.
"CIA Confidential: 9/11 Mastermind"
9 p.m. Aug. 29, NAT GEO
Next to Osama bin Laden, the most wanted terrorist associated with 9/11 was Khalid Sheik Mohammed, or KSM. He managed to elude the CIA for a decade, and even on the run, he carried out attacks on U.S. and Western interests in Bali, Yemen and Africa. Follow the dramatic story of the CIA's quest to find and capture this once-shadowy figure, piecing together fragments of intelligence from around the world. We'll see the chain of intelligence that eventually led to his capture and imprisonment at Guantanamo Bay.
"9/11: Where Were You?"
9 p.m. Aug. 30, NAT GEO
Special captures the life-and-death decisions people made amid the chaos of the 9/11 attacks and their aftermath. These decisions affected not only individual lives but also the lives of others in unexpected and profound ways. We meet the Federal Aviation Administration national operations manager who gave the unprecedented order to ground all commercial air traffic in the U.S.; a policeman who rushed to the scene of the World Trade Center; the Pentagon staff sergeant who repeatedly raced back into burning wreckage to pull people out; the paramedic who was called to a smoldering field in Shanksville, Pa., only to find that there was no one to be rescued. In the days, weeks and years that have followed, these events are still shaping lives. 9/11 is a day etched into the collective memory of the world.
"Frontline: The Man Who Knew"
10:30 p.m. Aug. 30, WTTW
When the Twin Towers fell, among the thousands killed was the one man who may have known more about Osama bin Laden and Al Qaeda than any other person in America: the FBI's former top counterterrorism agent, John O'Neill. Forced out of the FBI after battles with the top brass, O'Neill took a new position in the private sector, head of security at the World Trade Center, where he was killed on Sept. 11. The story of O'Neill's life and death provides a rare glimpse inside the FBI and helps answer the question: What did the government know?
"Objects And Memory"
3:30 a.m. Aug. 31, WTTW
What is it about a piece of paper, a chunk of metal or a small coin that provokes powerful memories? This program examines the importance and meaning of items recovered after, or offered in response to, 9/11, the Oklahoma City bombing and the Vietnam War. The film is set to the music of Philip Glass and narrated by Frank Langella.
"Nick News with Linda Ellerbee: What Happened? The Story of September 11, 2001"
7 p.m. Sept. 1, Nickelodeon
Most kids today don't have first-hand recollections of the events of Sept. 11, 2001, because they were too young, or weren't born yet. For many of them, there is confusion about what happened and why it happened. As the 10th anniversary of the attacks approaches, Nick News will give kids their own forum to talk about the events of that day, address some of their misconceptions and answer their questions.
"Day of Destruction, Decade of War"
8 p.m. Sept. 1, MSNBC (replays Sept. 9, 10, 11)
The documentary draws from the unparalleled field experience of NBC News' chief foreign correspondent Richard Engel and the distinct analysis and insight of MSNBC's Rachel Maddow to take a broad look at the decade since Sept. 11, 2001. The report explores how America responded to the attacks and how the country has changed.
WEEK OF SEPT. 4
"9/11: Heroes of the 88th Floor"
8 p.m. Sept. 4, TLC
Chris Noth narrates this two-hour documentary that centers on the brave efforts of Frank De Martini and Pablo Ortiz, two heroes who sacrificed their own lives to save over 70 people in the north World Trade Center tower. The special tells the chilling details of what it was like to be trapped inside the World Trade Center while following the remarkable stories of Frank and Pablo and the 77 lives they touched that tragic day.
6 a.m.-9 a.m. CT daily, Univision
Special 9/11 segments on Univision's morning show.
4 p.m. CT daily, Univision
Univision correspondent Nayeli Chavez-Geller reports live from New York.
"Univision Network News"
Check listings, Univision
Correspondents Blanca Rosa Vilchez and Lourdes Meluza also will report live from New York City and Washington, D.C., respectively.
"Children of 9/11"
9 p.m. Sept. 5, NBC
On Sept. 11, 2001, more than 3,000 children lost a father or a mother. Special follows a year in the lives of some of these children, watching them overcome the loss and turn their lives around, by achieving ambitions that would make their parents proud.
"When Pop Culture Saved America"
7 p.m. Sept. 5, BIO
Two-hour documentary takes a comprehensive look at the days and months following the attack to show how the non-news media pitched in to bring the nation together. Comedians, singers, actors, entertainers all did their part with concerts, telethons and specials to help bring the nation back to the new normal. Featuring interviews with Kristen Chenoweth, Denis Leary, Dan Rather, Regis Philbin and many more.
"9/11: Day That Changed the World"
7 p.m. Sept. 5, Smithsonian Channel
Martin Sheen narrates this two-hour doc that tells the inside story of the people whose job it was to make decisions that would affect the lives and safety of the nation, and to protect the U.S. from further attack. Exclusive interviews include Laura Bush, Dick Cheney, Donald Rumsfeld, Rudy Giuliani, chief of staff Andrew Card, Richard Clarke and others.
7 p.m. Sept. 6, BIO
Special edition of the series honors the 10th anniversary of 9/11 by profiling the stories of 12 firefighters, ambulance workers, defense officials and ordinary office workers who went to work on that sunny September day, unaware that their lives were about to be forever changed.
"9/11: Stories In Fragments"
9 p.m. Sept. 5, Smithsonian Channel
The film tells the heart-rending stories behind the iconic objects in the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of American History's 9-11 collection. Among them are a phone used in the last calls between a husband and his wife; the nametag of a hero; a briefcase found in a pile of rubble at Ground Zero, undamaged. All are witnesses to history, and the film shows how the National Museum of American History's curators chose them to represent one of the most infamous periods in American history.
"Aqui y Ahora"
9 p.m. Sept. 6, Univision
"Here and Now" will air a 9/11 special edition with hosts Teresa Rodriguez and Maria Elena Salinas in Miami.
"Footnotes of 9/11"
10 p.m. Sept. 6, CNN (encore at 7 p.m. Sept. 11)
Correspondent Drew Griffin interviews eight people who went to work on Sept. 11, 2001, and unexpectedly became part of history. Each of the eight people profiled is mentioned in The 9/11 Commission Report and their unique experiences are drawn from the 1,742 footnotes of that report and offer critical detail to the tragic events of that day.
"Frontline: Top Secret America"
11:30 p.m. Sept. 6, WTTW
"Frontline" special examines the history of the dark side of America's war on terror.
8 p.m. Sept. 7, Animal Planet
Animal Planet airs this sneak peek at a new series about the emotional bond between humans and their pets. "The Woolverton Family/The Haskell Family" looks at how a Dalmatian named Blaze helped bring light to the family of two firefighter brothers who died responding to the World Trade Center attacks, and how a 4-year-old girl, traumatized by the chaos following the attacks, was helped by a Yorkshire terrier named Scout.
"American Greed: 9/11 Fraud"
8 p.m. Sept. 7, CNBC
This special edition of the series examines the lengths people will go to steal money in times of national tragedy.
9 p.m. Sept. 7, FX
The drama starring Denis Leary began with his New York firefighter character and his friends dealing with the aftermath of 9/11 concludes its run still focused on the firefighters. In the Aug. 31 episode, "Vows," the members of 62 Truck fight a huge fire. The Sept. 7 series finale, "Ashes," finds the team struggling, again, to pick up the pieces after a life-changing tragedy, and look to the future.
"Dr. Sanjay Gupta Reports: Terror In The Dust"
10 p.m. Sept. 7, CNN (encore 8 p.m., Sept. 10)
Dr. Sanjay Gupta will examine how responders who breathed in the toxic dust and noxious fumes at New York City's Ground Zero are coping with the health effects of the attacks.
"Nova: Engineering Ground Zero"
10:30 p.m. Sept. 7, WTTW
Nova presents an epic story of engineering, innovation and the perseverance of the human spirit. With extraordinary access granted by The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, "Engineering Ground Zero" follows the five-year construction of One World Trade Center and the National September 11 Memorial & Museum.
"Frontline: Faith and Dount at Ground Zero"
11:30 p.m. Sept. 7, WTTW
This critically acclaimed "Frontline" explores how peoples' beliefs, and unbelief, have been challenged since Sept. 11, and how they are coping with difficult questions of good and evil, God's culpability and the potential for darkness within religion itself. From survivors who were pulled from the wreckage of the Twin Towers to the widow of a New York City firefighter; from priests and rabbis to security guards and opera divas; from lapsed Catholics and Jews to Buddhists, Muslims and atheists, "Frontline" explores and illuminates the many spiritual questions that have come out of the terror, pain and destruction at Ground Zero.
"Beyond Bravery: The Women of 9/11"
10 p.m. Sept. 8, CNN (encore 8 p.m. Sept. 11)
Anchor and special correspondent Soledad O'Brien profiles the sometimes overlooked female rescue workers who raced to the Twin Towers in the wake of the 9/11 attack.
"Tragedy and Triumph: Wall Street After 9/11"
8 p.m. Sept. 8, Bloomberg TV
Anchor Erik Schatzker tells the stories of three powerful Wall Street firms--Cantor Fitzgerald, Keefe, Bruyette & Woods and Sandler O'Neill--faced with rebuilding after being devastated by the 9/11 attacks.
"The Early Show"
6 a.m.-9 a.m. Sept. 9, CBS
Live coverage from Ground Zero.
6 a.m.-9 a.m. Sept. 9, Univision
Live Coverage from Ground Zero with co- anchor Raul Gonzalez.
"CBS Evening News"
5:30 p.m. Sept. 9, CBS
Scott Pelley will anchor the evening news from Ground Zero.
"NBC Nightly News"
5:30 p.m. Sept. 9-11, NBC
Brian Williams or Lester Holt will anchor special editions of the newscast from Ground Zero.
5:30 p.m. Sept. 9, Univision
Live broadcast from Ground Zero.
"9/11: The Days After"
8 p.m. Sept. 9, History
Doc examines what happened following the tragic day that terrorists attacked America
8 p.m. Sept. 9, NBC
This two-hour special edition features Tom Brokaw, who spent more than 100 hours at the anchor desk the first week after 9/11.
"Ground Zero: Chicago Remembers"
9:30 p.m. Sept. 9, WGN-Chicago and WGN America
11:30 p.m. Sept. 9, CLTV (encore)
WGN's Allison Payne reports from New York City and gives an insider's look at the progress on the Ground Zero Memorial that will officially open on 9/11/11 to the victims' families. Most Chicagoans watched the tragedy from a safe distance but there are many untold stories of survival. One such story is of a Chicagoan who worked on the 100th floor of one of the towers, yet managed to survive and is now giving back. WGN also reports on a memorial in Brooklyn that honors all 417 firefighters, police officers and rescue workers who lost their lives running toward the towers to save others, and how a Chicagoan helped make it happen. Also featured are stories of everyday Chicagoans who put their own lives on hold to help.
"Beyond 9/11: Portraits of Resilience"
10 p.m. Sept. 9, CNN (encore at 7 p.m. and 10 p.m. Sept. 10)
Captured in words and moving images, this documentary features untold stories drawn from 40 women and men who led and sacrificed for America in the hours, days, and months that followed the attacks. Working with the editors of TIME, award-winning photographer Marco Grob produced an astonishing set of portraits that are coupled with dramatic recollections from government leaders, survivors of the towers, and first responders.
"The Early Show on Saturday"
Check listings Sept. 10, CBS
Live broadcast from Ground Zero.
"Nine Innings From Ground Zero"
7 a.m. Sept. 10, HBO
HBO Sports documentary focuses on the 2001 World Series between the New York Yankees and the Arizona Diamondbacks, which took place barely a month after Sept. 11, and played an important role in helping the city return to a sense of normalcy.
"CBS Evening News"
5:30 p.m. Sept. 10, CBS
Live broadcast live from Ground Zero.
5:30 p.m. Sept. 10, Univision
Edna Schmidt will anchor the weekend edition live from Ground Zero with reports from correspondent Blanca Rosa Vilchez in New York and Lourdes Meluza in Washington, D.C.
"The Love We Make"
8 p.m. Sept. 10, Showtime
Doc chronicles Paul McCartney's poignant and cathartic journey through the streets of New York City in the aftermath of the World Trade Center's destruction. It also traces the planning and performance of the monumental benefit concert at Madison Square Garden, "The Concert for New York City," which took place less than six weeks after the attacks.
"Voices From Inside the Towers"
8 p.m. Sept. 10, History
This film brings an "inside" perspective to what happened on 9/11 through phone calls made by some who later died and some who survived. While there is a significant visual record of what happened outside the Towers that day, this film for the first time provides a moving and emotional record of what was going on inside the Towers.
"Portraits from Ground Zero"
9 p.m. Sept. 10, A&E
Doc highlights the work of Andrea Booher, one of the only photojournalists given full 24-hour access to Ground Zero in the immediate aftermath of 9/11. This 2-hour special will feature the subjects of Booher's harrowing photographs including: a firefighter searching for the body of his life-long friend; a teenage girl mourning her stepfather; a Franciscan friar ministering to the dead; and the future FDNY Chief of Department worrying about a potential building collapse. She uses the battered green notebook she carried at the Trade Center to track down the people in nearly a dozen of her favorite pictures, and gets them to tell, for the first time, the riveting personal stories behind the photographs.
"Beyond: Messages from 9/11"
9 p.m. Sept. 10, BIO
Bonnie McEneaney's husband, Eamon, died the morning of 9/11, in his 105th floor Twin Towers office. Before his death, Eamon predicted an event at work and even after has never stopped sending Bonnie messages of his love from the beyond. Soon after her loss, Bonnie realized she wasn't alone in her experiences of receiving signs and messages from lost loved ones. In this one-hour special, families of 9/11 victims share their stories of the messages they received from beyond, and the love and hope that lives on knowing that life doesn't end at death, but is instead transformed.
WEEK OF SEPT. 11
"In Memoriam: New York City"
6:15 a.m. Sept. 11, HBO
Originally aired in 2002, this film follows then-New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani and his staff members on the day of the 9/11 tragedy.
"9/11: America Remembers"
7 a.m.-? Sept. 11, CBS
Scott Pelley will anchor this CBS News special live from Ground Zero. Immediately following the coverage of the scheduled events, a special edition of "Face the Nation" will broadcast live from Ground Zero.
"9/11: Diez Anos Despues"
7 a.m.-9 a.m. Sept. 11, Univision
Live coast-to-coast special hosted by Jorge Ramos and Edna Schmidt from Ground Zero in New York with reports on the victims and survivors. Blanca Rosa Vilchez in New York and Lourdes Meluza in Washington, D.C. will also report.
7 a.m. Sept. 11, Telemundo
Anchor Jose Diaz Balart broadcasts a live, five-hour show from Ground Zero.
"102 Minutes That Changed America"
7:46 a.m. Sept. 11, A&E, BIO, History
All A&E networks will broadcast this 2008 doc at the exact time when, 10 years ago, the 9/11 attacks began.
"Beyond 9/11: Portraits of Resilience"
7:46 a.m. Sept. 11, HBO
Doc highlights stories of courage, survival and remembrance 10 years to the minute that American Airlines Flight 11 crashed into World Trade Center One. The film focuses on the previously untold stories, captured in words and images, of a group of men and women who led America, moved the nation and sacrificed for it, in the hours, days and months that followed Sept. 11, 2001.
9 a.m.-10 a.m. Sept. 11, Univision
Jorge Ramos will host a special edition live from Ground Zero. Special reports and interviews including segments on restoration of the 9/11 flag; interviews with Hispanic children who were with former President Bush at Emma Booker Middle School (Sarasota, FL) on the day of the attack.
9:30 a.m. Sept. 11, HBO Signature
Doc looks at Sept. 11 through the eyes of seven-year-old Nicholas, whose mother, Michele, worked in the World Trade Center. The film uses unique footage shot through apartment windows blocks from the World Trade Center, as well as interviews with Nicholas and his family, as they reluctantly come to terms with Michele's death and struggle to break the news to Nicholas.
5:30 p.m. Sept. 11, Univision
Following live coverage, network evening news and the 10:30 p.m. editions will report from Ground Zero.
6 p.m. Sept. 11, CBS
The entire broadcast will be devoted to 9/11 coverage.
"9/11: 10 Years Later"
7 p.m. Sept. 11, CBS
The CBS Television Network and filmmakers Jules and Gedeon Naudet and James Hanlon will present an update of the film, "9/11."
"9/11: In Our Own Words"
7 p.m. Sept. 11, MSNBC
NBC News anchors and correspondents, including Matt Lauer, Tom Brokaw, David Gregory, Jim Miklaszewski and Andrea Mitchell, recall their personal memories of reporting live the morning of Sept. 11, 2001.
"Making the 9/11 Memorial"
7 p.m. Sept. 11, History
On the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11 terror attacks, the 9/11 Memorial (called "Reflecting Absence") will at last be unveiled to the public. In a one-hour documentary special filmed over the course of the past year, History presents a behind-the-scenes insider's view, from conception to on-site installation at Ground Zero.
"Pentagon Under Fire"
7 p.m. Sept. 11, Military Channel
On Sept. 11, the Pentagon, fortress and nerve center of America's defense, was struck by hijacked flight 77. This special tracks the flight's path minute by minute through interviews with witnesses, Pentagon employees, emergency first-responders, and the personnel tasked with monitoring radar screens as the plane drew nearer and nearer.
"America Remembers 9/11"
7 p.m. Sept. 11, WTTW
"PBS Newshour" presents this one-hour special broadcast commemorating the 10th anniversary of the attacks. The "PBS Newshour" team will examine the significance of the day in many different communities across the nation. Hari Sreenivasan will narrate an account of the three major memorial observances at Ground Zero in New York City, at the Pentagon near Washington, DC, and in rural Shanksville, Penn. Jeffrey Brown will speak with several contributors to a new book, "Legacy Letters." Ray Suarez will explore the attitudes of American Muslims, their efforts to get beyond the deep mistrust caused by 9/11 and their perspectives on what the future looks like for them. Judy Woodruff introduces viewers to a generation of young Americans who know only a post-9/11 world and visits a small town in California that has made extraordinary contributions, in terms of young lives lost, to the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan. Gwen Ifill will explore a decade of war's impact on hundreds of thousands of soldiers and their families and the nation's efforts to care for them. The broadcast will also include several pieces of a "video quilt" the PBS audience has been invited to help produce.
"9/11-Commemoration Film Fest"
Begins at 7 p.m. Sept. 11, TCM
First responders Patrick McNally, retired Chief of Operations of the New York City Fire Department, and Vernon Webb, retired Supervisory Special Agent of the Pentagon Force Protection Agency, will join TCM weekend-daytime host Ben Mankiewicz in presenting four outstanding American films to commemorate 9/11:
7 p.m.: "Casablanca," starring Humphrey Bogart, Ingrid Bergman and Claude Rains
9 p.m.: "Mister Roberts," starring Henry Fonda, Jack Lemmon, James Cagney and William Powell
11:15 p.m.: "All the Young Men," starring Alan Ladd, Sidney Poitier, James Darren and Glenn Corbett.
1 a.m.: "Red River," starring John Wayne, Montgomery Clift, Walter Brennan and Joanne Dru.
"The Space Between"
8 p.m. Sept. 11, USA (encore at 9:53 p.m.)
Oscar winner Melissa Leo stars as Montine McLeod, a lonely flight attendant who watches over 10-year-old Pakistani-American Omar Hassan (Anthony Keyvan) as he flies as an unaccompanied minor on her plane that is grounded in Longview, Texas, the morning of the 9/11 attacks. When Montine discovers that Omar's father works in the World Trade Center she drives the boy back home to his uncertain future in New York.
8 p.m. Sept. 11, Showtime
The Sundance Film Festival hit is a decade-long account of five people's lives who were forever altered on 9/11, and simultaneously tracks via unprecedented, multi-camera, time-lapse photography the minute-by-minute evolution of the memorial where the Twin Towers once rose over lower Manhattan.
"Twins of the Twin Towers"
8 p.m. Sept. 11, OWN
This special explores the previously untold personal stories of twins who were left twinless on Sept. 11, 2001. On the day the Twin Towers collapsed, so too did the lives of over 40 twins worldwide. The film delves into the unique connection these brave siblings shared, and the process they've endured for dealing with their devastating loss and moving forward with their lives.
"From the Ground Up"
9:15 p.m. Sept. 11, OWN
"From the Ground Up" is the story of five widows of firefighters killed on Sept. 11, 2001. It is their journey, taking two steps forward and one step back, through tears, depression and laughter, to triumph through tragedy. Lifting our spirits, they empower their communities and honor their heroic husbands in the most fitting personal ways they can imagine.
"9/11: After the Towers Fell"
8 p.m. Sept. 11, Military Channel
They stood for more than a quarter of a century and fell in little more than 20 seconds. When the Twin Towers collapsed on September 11th, thousands were feared trapped beneath the tons of steel and rubble. Rescue workers, loved ones, and fearless volunteers rushed to Ground Zero to save the buried. These are the stories of their race to rescue survivors.
"9/11: The Towers and the Pentagon"
9 p.m. Sept. 11, Military Channel
The terrorist attacks of 9/11 resulted in the swift and total collapse of the Twin Towers, but the Pentagon largely withstood a similar blow. The world's leading forensic engineers have spent years analyzing the structural consequences of the attacks, and this hour will take viewers deep inside their investigations to explain the factors of each result.
9:21 p.m. Sept. 11, USA
Academy Award-winning short documentary film shares the true story of the profound courage of two brothers, a New York City policeman and fireman. The footage, originally shot for a "Law & Order" creator Dick Wolf's reality pilot about a New York City police squad, became the basis for the powerful documentary.
"Great Performances: A Concert for New York"
10 p.m. Sept. 11, WTTW
Taped at Avery Fisher Hall in Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts in New York City on Sept. 10, this performance by the New York Philharmonic commemorates the10th anniversary of 9/11.
"The Man Behind the Mosque"
11:30 p.m. Sept. 13, WTTW
"Frontline" special tells the inside stories of Sharif El-Gamal, a real estate developer, and of the victims' relatives and anti-Islam activists who helped turn his project into a continuing battle over faith, values, and the meaning of being American.
"Angels Among Us"
8 p.m. Sept. 15, CMT
Four-episode series tells stories of Genelle Guzman-McMillan, Ron DiFrancesco and John Yates, whose lives were forever changed when terrorists attacked the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. The first episode takes an awe-inspiring look into their individual miracles of survival, with touching stories that can only be explained by acts of divine intervention.
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