The TVLine-Up: How Networks Will Commemorate the 10th Anniversary of 9/11

Next Sunday, Sept.11, will mark the 10th anniversary of the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center, the Pentagon and Flight 93. Throughout the coming week, a bevy of documentaries, newscasts, movies, concerts and special editions of regular programs will recall that tragic day, honor the fallen and the heroes, and look to the future. TVLine has compiled a list of the many commemorative programs.

SUNDAY, SEPT. 4
9/11: Heroes of the 88th Floor (TLC, 9 pm) | Chris Noth narrates this special about two construction workers, Frank De Martini and Pablo Ortiz, who saved the lives of 77 people.

ID Investigates: 9/11 Crime Scene Investigators (Investigation Discovery, 9 pm) | A profile of NYPD’s elite Crime Scene Unit as they searched for evidence and survivors in the aftermath of 9/11.

MONDAY, SEPT. 5
Access Hollywood (Syndicated, check local listings) | The entertainment news show asks celebs to look back on 9/11 throughout the week.

Despierta America (Wake up America) (Univision, 7 am) | The morning show will feature special segments throughout the week.

Today (NBC, 7 am) | The NBC morning show will feature 9/11 coverage throughout the week, including a split show on Sept. 9, with Ann Curry live in Studio 1A and Matt Lauer live at Ground Zero.

Primer Impacto (Univision, 5 pm) | Univision News’ Nayeli Chavez-Geller reports live from New York City.

FOX Report With Shepard Smith (Fox News, 7 pm) | The program will feature Rise of Freedom segments throughout the week, marking the building of 1 World Trade Center.

9/11: Day That Changed the World (Smithsonian Channel, 8 pm) | Martin Sheen narrates this behind-the-scenes look at how the day’s events unfolded. Featuring exclusive interviews with Laura Bush, Dick Cheney, Donald Rumsfeld, Rudy Giuliani, Andrew Card and Richard Clarke.

When Pop Culture Saved America (BIO Channel, 8 pm) | The two-hour documentary highlights the role of the non-news media in the days after the attack. Featuring interviews with Kristin Chenoweth, Denis Leary, Dan Rather, Regis Philbin and more.

9/11: Stories in Fragments (Smithsonian Channel, 9:35 pm) | Learn the stories behind the objects in the 9/11 collection at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of American History.

Children of 9/11 (NBC, 10 pm) | The special, voiced by Mariska Hargitay, follows a year in the lives of 11 children from six  families affected by the day’s tragic events.

TUESDAY, SEPT. 6
Aqui y Ahora (Here and Now) (Univision, 10 pm) | The show airs a special 9/11 edition with hosts Teresa Rodriguez and Maria Elena Salinas in Miami.

I Survived…9/11 (BIO Channel, 8 pm) | The original BIO series presents 12 stories from those who survived the attacks.

Targeting Bin Laden (History, 8 pm) | President Obama and his administration reflect on the hunt and killing of Osama bin Laden.

Frontline: “Top Secret America” (PBS, 9 pm) | Journalist Dana Priest explores the fight against terrorism and how it has changed the country. (Also airs Sept. 11 at 11:30 pm.)

Footnotes of 9/11 (CNN, 11 pm) | A profile of eight people mentioned in the footnotes of the 9/11 Commission report.

WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 7
American Greed: 9/11 (CNBC, 9 pm) | An examination of how some folks have profited by stealing money during tragedy.

Nova: “Engineering Ground Zero” (PBS, 9 pm) | The PBS series chronicles the five-year construction of 1World Trade Center and the National September 11 Memorial & Museum. (Also airs Sept. 11 at 7 pm.)

Saved (Animal Planet, 9 pm) | Two families who lost loved ones find healing through their pet dogs.

Frontline: “Faith and Doubt at Ground Zero” (PBS, 10 pm) | Looking at 9/11 through the eye of spirituality, the episode questions beliefs and how one copes with difficult dilemmas of good vs. evil in the aftermath of the attacks. (Also airs Sept. 11 at 5 pm.)

Sanjay Gupta Reports: Terror in the Dust (CNN, 11 pm) | The doctor explores how Ground Zero first-responders have been harmed by the fumes and dust they breathed while helping others.

Rescue Me (FX, 10 pm) | The series finale of Denis Leary’s series about New York City firefighters in a post-9/11 world.

THURSDAY, SEPT. 8
Beyond Bravery: The Women of 9/11 (CNN, 11 pm) | Soledad O’Brien highlights Ground Zero’s female emergency responders. (Also airs Sept. 11 at 9 pm.)

FRIDAY, SEPT. 9
Despierta America (Wake up America) (Univision, 7 am) | Co-anchor Raul Gonzalez hosts live from Ground Zero.

The Early Show (CBS, 7 am) | The morning program goes live from Ground Zero.

9/11 – Ten Years Later (ReelzChannel, 4 pm) | A look at how 9/11 has shaped movies, entertainment and pop culture.

America Then and Now (HLN, 5 pm) | The special report explores how Americans’ lives have changed in the past 10 years.

CBS Evening News (CBS, 6:30 pm) | Scott Pelley anchors the news from Ground Zero.

Noticiero Univision (Univision, 6:30 p.m.) | The network evening news program broadcasts live from Ground Zero.

9/11: The Days After (History, 9 pm) | An “authentic, unflinchingly honest” look at how the country changed in the days after the attacks.

Dateline (NBC, 9 pm) | Tom Brokaw revisits the day’s events and some of the people he interviewed 10 years ago.

Dr. Drew (HLN, 9 pm) | The celebrity rehab doc examines how families have re-built since the attack.

9/11: Timeline of Terror (Fox News Channel, 10 pm) | A timeline of the events of 9/11 as they happened.

Joy Behar (HLN, 10 pm) Behar interviews celebrities and newsmakers about the effects and lessons of 9/11.

Beyond 9/11: Portraits of Resilience (CNN, 11 pm) | Time magazine and HBO present previously untold stories of courage and survival. (Also airs Sept. 11 at 8:46 am on HBO.)

SATURDAY, SEPT. 10
The Early Show (CBS, check local listings) | The morning program goes live from Ground Zero.

Nine Innings From Ground Zero (HBO, 8 am) | The HBO Sports documentary highlights how the  2001 World Series between the New York Yankees and the Arizona Diamondbacks – held barely a month after the attacks – helped New Yorkers find a sense of normalcy again.

CBS Evening News (CBS, 6:30 pm) | Scott Pelley anchors the news from Ground Zero.

Noticiero Univision (Univision, 6:30 p.m.) | Edna Schmidt hosts the weekend edition live from Ground Zero.

Inside Flight 93 (A&E, 8 pm) | A&E rebroadcasts its 2005 TV movie about the hijacking of Flight 93 and the passengers who fought back. (Also airs Sunday, Sept. 11, at 7 am.)

The Love We Make (Showtime, 9 pm) | The documentary chronicles Paul McCartney’s journey through New York City after his plane was grounded that fateful morning. McCartney’s benefit concert, “The Concert for New York City,” is also featured.

On Native Soil (MSNBC, 3 pm) | The documentary, narrated by Kevin Costner and Hilary Swank, examines the 9/11 Commission’s report and interviews those involved in it. (Also airs Sept. 11 at 9 pm.)

The Suze Orman Show (CNBC, 9 pm PT/12 am ET) | Orman presents the money lessons learned from 9/11.

Voices From Inside the Towers (History, 9 pm) | The film documents the heartbreaking stories of love and loss on 9/11.

Beyond: Messages from 9/11 (BIO Channel, 10 pm) | Bonnie McEneaney’s husband died on 9/11, but she says he continues to send her messages of love. The special takes a look at others who’ve received signs from the other side.

Portraits From Ground Zero (A&E, 10 pm) | Featuring the work and subjects of Andrea Booher, who was one of only two photographers allowed unlimited, 24-hour access to Ground Zero after the attacks.

SUNDAY, SEPT. 11
America Remembers (NBC & MSNBC, 5 am PT/8 am ET) | The three-hour special NBC News broadcast includes the official memorial ceremonies at Ground Zero in New York, the Pentagon in Washington, D.C., and Shanksville, Penn.

In Memoriam: New York City, 9/11/01 (HBO, 7:15 am) | Former New York Major Rudolph Giuliani  serves as the program’s guide, which combines personal video and photography to illustrate what the mayor and his staff went through.

9/11: America Remembers Ten Years Later (ABC, 8 am) | Good Morning America airs a special three-hour edition anchored by Diane Sawyer and George Stephanopoulos, who are joined by Robin Roberts live from the World Trade Center, as well as David Muir, Katie Couric and Christiane Amanpour.

9/11 – Diez Años Despues (9/11 – 10 Years Later) (Univision, 8 am ) | Jorge Ramos and Edna Schmidt host a live coast-to-coast special from Ground Zero and Washington, D.C.

9/11: America Remembers (CBS, 8 am) | Scott Pelley anchors the CBS News special live from Ground Zero. A live broadcast of Face the Nation from Ground Zero follows.

Telemundo News Coverage (Telemundo, 8 am) | The live broadcast from Ground Zero, anchored by Jose Diaz Balart, includes coverage of the official memorial services.

102 Minutes that Changed America (A&E Networks, 8:46 am) | A&E will rebroadcast the 2008 Emmy-winning program across all of its domestic and international networks, including History.

Beyond 9/11: Portraits of Resilience (HBO, 8:46 am) | Time magazine and HBO present previously untold stories of courage and survival.

Al Punto (Univision, 10 am) | The special edition features interviews with Hispanic children who were with former President George W. Bush at Emma Booker Middle School on 9/11.

Telling Nicholas (HBO Signature, 10:30 am) | The documentary tells the story of 9/11 through the eyes of Nicholas, a seven-year-old boy who lost his mother in the World Trade Center.

The Guys (HDNet Movies, 1:30 pm) | Sigourney Weaver, Anthony LaPaglia and Irene Walsh star in the drama about a group of people who come together to write eulogies for lost firefighters.

The Concert For New York City: Ten Years Later (VH1, 4 pm) | VH1 rebroadcasts 2001’s six-hour benefit concert from Madison Square Garden, featuring appearances and performances from Bill and Hillary Clinton, Mick Jagger, Elton John, Billy Joel, Bon Jovi, The Who, Sheryl Crow, Paul McCartney, Jay-Z, former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani, Jim Carrey and more.

Objects and Memory (PBS, 4 pm) | Narrated by Frank Langella and set to the music of Philip Glass, the program explores the importance and meaning of objects recovered during 9/11, the Oklahoma City bombing and the Vietnam War.

Rising: Rebuilding Ground Zero (Science Channel, 5 pm) | The six-hour special, produced by Steven Spielberg, highlights the team trying to build the new, 104-story One World Trade Center in the face of deadlines and pressure to honor the victims.

NBC Nightly News (NBC, 6:30 pm) | Brian Williams anchors a special edition from Ground Zero.

Noticiero Univision (Univision, 6:30 pm & 11: 30 pm) | The network evening news program broadcasts live from Ground Zero.

60 Minutes (CBS, 7 pm) | The news program devotes an entire hour to 9/11 coverage.

Slammin’ Iron: Rebuilding the World (HDNet, 7:05 pm) | The tale of iron workers who risk their lives to rebuild the World Trade Center.

9/11: In Our Own Words (MSNBC, 8 pm) | NBC news anchors and reporters share what they were doing and going through on 9/11.

9/11: Ten Years Later (CBS, 8 pm) | Robert De Niro hosts the special, which features exclusive footage from inside Ground Zero during the attack and during the rebuild.

America Remembers – 9/11 (PBS, 8 pm) | The PBS NewsHour team examines the significance of 9/11 across the country’s communities in a one-hour special.

Dan Rather Reports: Dan Rather Remembers 9/11 (HDNet & HDNet Movies, 8 pm) | The veteran anchor explores how America has changed and answers viewer questions.

Making the 9/11 Memorial (History, 8 pm) | Get a behind-the-scenes look into the making of the Ground Zero memorial, from conception to installation.

Pentagon Under Fire (Military Channel, 8 pm) | The special tracks the path of the plane that attacked the Pentagon and talks to those who escaped the destruction.

TCM Commemorates 9/11 (TCM, 8 pm) | First responders Patrick McNally and Vernon Webb curate an evening of films.

9/11: After the Towers Fell (Military Channel, 9 pm) | The program chronicles the race to save those trapped in the Twin Towers after their collapse.

Great Performances: “The New York Philharmonic 10th Anniversary Concert for 9/11” (PBS, 9 pm) | The orchestra offers a performance of Gustav Mahler’s Symphony No. 2, Resurrection.

Rebirth (Showtime, 9 pm) | The Sundance documentary favorite chronicles the lives of five people changed by 9/11 over 10 years.

The Space Between (USA Network, 9 pm) | Oscar winner Melissa Leo plays a flight attendant who must help a 10-year-old Pakistani-American boy after the attacks.

The Twins of the Twin Towers (OWN, 9 pm) | The stories of some of the more than 40 twins who lost their siblings that fateful day.

Loose Change 9/11: An American Coup (HDNet Movies, 9:15pm pm) | The controversial film posits that the 9/11 attacks were actually the work of a U.S. government conspiracy.

9/11: The Towers and the Pentagon (Military Channel, 10 pm) | Forensic engineers explain why the pentagon survived the attack, but the Twin Towers did not.

Remembrance and Renewal: 10 Years After the 9/11 Attacks (ABC, 10 pm) | A special 9/11 edition of 20/20.

From the Ground Up (OWN, 10:15 pm) | The story of five widows who lost their firefighter husbands in 9/11.

Twin Towers (USA Network, 10:21 pm) | Using footage originally shot for a reality pilot for Dick Wolf’s production company, the Oscar-winning documentary short centers around two New York City policeman and fireman, who also happen to be brothers.

Frontline: “The Man Who Knew” (PBS, 10:30 pm) | The story of 9/11 victim John O’Neill, a former top counter-terrorism FBI agent, who was pushed out and took a job as head of security at the World Trade Center.

Conspiracy Files: 9/11 Ten Years On (HDNet Movies, 11 pm) | A look at the conspiracy theories surrounding the day’s events.

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18 Comments
  1. C says:

    So many of these are tacky and in poor taste. Not surprised though.

  2. Cathy says:

    Thank you for doing this. Loose Change is also on Netflix streaming, and there’s a documentary on Father Mychal Judge, who was helping at the scene and hit by debris and was killed there. Also Falling Man, which is a documentary based on the photo of a man falling out of one of the towers, is available online.

    Such a tragic time, but we do need to honor those who were lost.

  3. Squiggy says:

    I’m sorry, but this seems excessive. Maybe we should also be treated to docs on Pearl Harbor, the Maine and the Alamo. Yes, some observance is called for, but this is overkill.

    • Noneed Toknow says:

      It is people like you Squiggy, that make this world unbearable to live in. How dare you say this is overkill. “Some Observance” as you say. No you are wrong. People must NEVER FORGET what has happened. EVER! Innocent lives were lost, everyday people, firefighters, police officers, people on planes who had the last moments of horror knowing their plane was going into the towers, people who never knew what hit them in the twin towers. People above and below knowing this is the end for them. And you say it is overkill. God help you if this is your attitude because it stinks. To everyone, everywhere who lost someone in these horrible attacks at the Pentagon, the plane that went down in PA, the heroes on that plane for stopping it, God bless you all. And presently, I am trying to find out if it is true that no clergy is allowed at the memorial and no firefighters or police officers. If this is true, shame of Mayor Bloomberg and President Obama. After all, Father Mychal Judge was Victim 00001 of 9/11 after giving last rights to someone in the lobby of the twin towers. He was the Fireman’s Chaplain in NYC. Shame on you all if this is true. And on another note, the fire and police were not “invited” to the twin tower attacks on 9/11 they just showed up. Why shouldn’t they be “invited” to the ceremony.

    • Jennifer says:

      I don’t think it’s overkill at all. Unlike Pearl Harbor and other tragedies, 9/11’s attack on the United States happened INSIDE the United States with so many millions of people affected throughout the country. I think you’re being very disrespectful to say it’s “overkill” and to just brush it off as another tragedy that happened. This is the worse event, I know, in MY lifetime that has happened in this country, and I appreciate the opportunity to remember those tragic moments and pray for all the loved ones who died that faithful morning, all the firemen, heroes who saved lives but were killed themselves, etc. Thankfully, I didn’t know anybody who was tragically killed that morning, but that doesn’t stop me from feeling the pain of those who lost loved ones that day. I think you need to open your heart and shut your mouth and be thankful that YOU or your loved ones weren’t killed that day and to say a prayer for those who were.

  4. Danielle H. says:

    God, this is going to be hard to avoid. Luckily I never watch any TV live and only watch stuff I DVR. This is like beating a dead horse.

    • Jennifer says:

      How DARE you be so rude on this anniversary of tragedy. It is very cold and totally uncalled for.

      I don’t think it’s overkill at all. Unlike Pearl Harbor and other tragedies, 9/11’s attack on the United States happened INSIDE the United States with so many millions of people affected throughout the country. I think you’re being very disrespectful to say it’s “overkill” and to just brush it off as another tragedy that happened. This is the worse event, I know, in MY lifetime that has happened in this country, and I appreciate the opportunity to remember those tragic moments and pray for all the loved ones who died that faithful morning, all the firemen, heroes who saved lives but were killed themselves, etc. Thankfully, I didn’t know anybody who was tragically killed that morning, but that doesn’t stop me from feeling the pain of those who lost loved ones that day. I think you need to open your heart and shut your mouth and be thankful that YOU or your loved ones weren’t killed that day and to say a prayer for those who were.

      If you can’t say anything nice or helpful, keep your mouth shut and don’t say anything at all. It’s people like YOU who give Americans a bad rap as being selfish, self-centered, uncaring BASTARDS. Open your heart, shut your mouth, and be grateful that YOU or YOUR loved ones were killed on this faithful morning. You ought to be ashamed of yourself.

  5. Matt says:

    The ‘9/11: Day That Changed the World’ was originally broadcast on ITV here in the UK earlier in the week. It was incredibly good – interviews with lots of White House staff and people there.

  6. Mark says:

    With the perspective of time, many of the documentaries sound interesting and offer the human, rather than political, element. I know that National Geographic is offerings some as well. But celebrity hos like Doctor Drew, really?

  7. V says:

    I can’t wait for Rescue Me!

  8. Fred says:

    Surprised no one is showing “United 93″ from Paul Greengrass.

    • Darlene King-Mohler says:

      I agree with Fred about no on showing “UNITED 93″. This was a good movie. I am disappointed that most of the shows are on cable stations which I do not get, so I will probably was “UNITED 93″ on DVD. Some of the other shows sound really interesting but I can’t watch because I do not get the channels.

    • Kelly says:

      The movie “United 93″ has been airing on the CURRENT tv channel, look for it there. I just watched it again a few nights ago. So well done.

  9. Poppy says:

    What a sad week. I don’t even know which shows to see. I’m sure I won’t have to plan to watch anything, as just by osmosis I will see plenty. My personal plan of rememberance is to be sitting in my desk in my home office with the TV on, where I was when I saw the second plane hit the tower, and say a little prayer for the people who died, their families, the first responders, and this country. We will never forget.

  10. arnie says:

    Thought this 9/11 News & Information service would be of interest.

    Since September 2001 I have maintained a free and confidential “9/11 list-serv”.

    The “9/11 list-serv” distributes daily e-mails containing newspaper articles and other relevant information re: 9/11 issues of interest to 9/11 families, 9/11 organizations and interested individuals.

    The 9/11 List-serv archives can be accessed at http://groups.google.com/group/911-list-serv

    If you would like to ‘subscribe’ to this free news service – please respond to this invitation.

    Arnie

  11. Shaun Monroe says:

    This is what we need to do, NEVER FORGET the people who died on that sad day. And to Squiggy its not overkill and will never be.

  12. Angela says:

    Hi everybody! I’m writting from France and I can tell you that even in Europe we are comemerating that awful sad day. Pesonnally everytime I see any program about 9/11 I just can’t help crying even 10 years after. I think about all the persons who died and mostly about those who lost someone and have to live whith that loss.
    I will also always remember what I was doing that very sad day.
    We support you also from Europe we won’t neither never forget.

  13. Jennifer says:

    We will and need to remember what happened that tragic morning and to honor the heroes who saved lives, even to the extent they were killed themselves.

    It is NOT overkill whatsoever. Unlike Pearl Harbor and other tragedies, 9/11’s attack on the United States happened INSIDE the United States with so many millions of people affected throughout the country. I think you’re being very disrespectful to say it’s “overkill” and to just brush it off as another tragedy that happened. This is the worse event, I know, in MY lifetime that has happened in this country, and I appreciate the opportunity to remember those tragic moments and pray for all the loved ones who died that faithful morning, all the firemen, heroes who saved lives but were killed themselves, etc. Thankfully, I didn’t know anybody who was tragically killed that morning, but that doesn’t stop me from feeling the pain of those who lost loved ones that day. I think you need to open your heart and shut your mouth and be thankful that YOU or your loved ones weren’t killed that day and to say a prayer for those who were.

    If you can’t say anything nice or helpful, keep your mouth shut and don’t say anything at all. It’s people like YOU who give Americans a bad rap as being selfish, self-centered, uncaring BASTARDS. Open your heart, shut your mouth, and be grateful that YOU or YOUR loved ones were killed on this faithful morning. You ought to be ashamed of yourself.

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