Revisiting 9/11 on TV: What to watch

August 26, 2011

Additional picks from the array of Sept. 11 programs airing over the next two weeks:

SUNDAY, Aug. 28

“Inside 9/11: The War Continues”

(National Geographic at 9 p.m.): Who is the “new bin Laden”?

TUESDAY, Aug. 30

“Inside 9/11: Where Were You?”

(National Geographic at 10 p.m.): People talk about how their lives changed.

THURSDAY, Sept. 1

“Rising: Rebuilding Ground Zero”

(Discovery at 8 p.m.): Two-part series concludes with a look at people involved in the Ground Zero construction. (The entire six-hour special re-airs Sept. 11 at 5 p.m.)

“What Happened?: The Story of September 11, 2001”

(Nickelodeon at 9 p.m.): “Nick News” host Linda Ellerbee answers children’s questions, with help from young adults who were kids in 2001.

FRIDAY, Sept. 2

“Freedom Rising With Shepard Smith”

(Fox News Channel at 9 p.m.): Tracks the progress of the new World Trade Center and National September 11 Memorial & Museum; includes time-lapse construction footage of the Freedom Tower.

SUNDAY, Sept. 4

“9/11: Heroes of the 88th Floor”

(TLC at 9 p.m.): Tells the story of two Port Authority workers who spent their last minutes saving 77 people before the North Tower of the World Trade Center collapsed.

MONDAY, Sept. 5

“9/11: Stories in Fragments”

(Smithsonian at 10 p.m.): A tender look at the objects in the National Museum of American History’s 9/11 collection.

“Children of 9/11,”(NBC at 10 p.m.): Documentary explores the lives of 11 young adults who lost a parent on Sept. 11.

TUESDAY, Sept. 6

“Frontline: Top Secret America”

(PBS at 9 p.m.): The Washington Post’s Dana Priest looks back at a decade of fighting terrorism. Are we any safer?

“Footnotes of 9/11” (CNN at 11 p.m.): Features eight people who thought they were just simply going to work on Sept. 11, including ticket agents who checked in the terrorists.

WEDNESDAY, Sept. 7

“Saved”

(Animal Planet at 9 p.m.): A sneak peak at the fall series showcases New York families whose pets helped them deal with Sept. 11 trauma.

THURSDAY, Sept. 8

“Beyond Bravery: The Women of 9/11”

(CNN at 11 p.m.): Profiles female rescue workers in New York.

FRIDAY, Sept. 9

“9/11: Timeline of Terror”

(Fox News Channel at 10 p.m.): Ticktock replay of Sept. 11 combines cockpit recordings, 911 calls and interviews with Condoleezza Rice and Dick Cheney.

SATURDAY , Sept. 10

“The Love We Make”

(Showtime at 9 p.m.): Documentarian Albert Maysles reconnected with Paul McCartney and followed the former Beatle as he helped organize a Madison Square Garden benefit concert in October 2001. Never-seen footage from backstage, featuring James Taylor, Bill Clinton, Howard Stern, Elton John and more.

SUNDAY, Sept. 11

“102 Minutes That Changed America”

(all A&E networks at 8:46 a.m.): The 2008 documentary about the attacks will air across all A&E networks platforms (Lifetime, History, BIO), exactly 10 years — down to the minute — after the first plane struck the towers.

“PBS NewsHour Presents: America Remembers — 9/11”

(PBS at 8 p.m.): Correspondent Hari Sreenivasan narrates the memorial services at Ground Zero, the Pentagon and Shanksville, Pa.

“9/11: 10 Years Later”

(CBS at 8 p.m.): Robert De Niro hosts an update of the film “9/11.”

“The Twins of the Twin Towers”

(OWN at 9 p.m.): The stories of twins who lost their siblings in the attacks (more than 40 pairs were affected).

“The Space Between”

(USA at 9 p.m.): Melissa Leo stars in this 2010 film as a flight attendant who drives a 10-year-old Pakistani American boy from Texas to New York on Sept. 11, when all planes are grounded and she finds out his father works in the World Trade Center.

“Remembrance and Renewal: 10 Years After the 9/11 Attacks”

(ABC at 10 p.m.): Katie Couric joins Diane Sawyer, Barbara Walters and others to report on stories across the country about people who were affected.

“From the Ground Up”

(OWN at 10:15 p.m.): The story of five widows of firefighters who died.

“Twin Towers”

(USA at 10:21 p.m.): The true story of two brothers, one a New York City policeman, the other a fireman.

(Return to Stuever: 9/11 + 10 years: Ready or not, TV looks back)

Hank Stuever and Emily Yahr

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