On TV this Saturday: Spike Lee’s NYC Epicenters ends, Brad Paisley and Common commemorate the 20th anniversary of 9/11 and Dan Stevens/Judi Dench’s Blithe Spirit debuts on Showtime. Here are eight programs to keep on your radar; all times are Eastern.
What to Watch Today
Spike Lee Docuseries Finale, 9/11 Tribute Concert and More
Oregon plays Ohio State (at 12 pm on Fox); Pittsburgh takes on Tennessee (12 pm, ESPN); Florida visits South Florida (1 pm, ABC); Texas A&M battles Colorado (3:30 pm, Fox); Air Force plays Navy (3:30 pm, CBS); Iowa goes head-to-head with Iowa State (4:30 pm, ABC); Texas takes on Arkansas (7 pm, ESPN); Utah challenges BYU (10:15 pm, ESPN); and Stanford visits USC (10:30 pm, Fox).
Shine a Light: 9/11 Tribute Concert
One hour: Artists pay tribute to the lives lost on Sept. 11, 2001; H.E.R., Brad Paisley, Maroon 5 and Common perform; Robert De Niro, Leonardo DiCaprio and Eli Manning appear; Jake Tapper hosts. (See more 9/11 20th anniversary programming.)
9/11: Four Flights
Marking 20 years since the 9/11 terrorist attacks, this two-hour special focuses on the four flights that took off that morning, telling the stories of those on board and the loved ones they left behind.
Meerkat Manor: Rise of the Dynasty
Sencha returns to the Hakuna Matata family, but her arrival sparks concern.
Premium cable premiere: A screenwriter (Downton Abbey‘s Dan Stevens) hires a medium (Shakespeare in Love‘s Judi Dench) to help spark inspiration, but when she accidentally summons the spirit of his jealous first wife (Blockers‘ Leslie Mann), he and his new bride (Wedding Crashers‘ Isla Fisher) must contend with an interdimensional love triangle.
TV-movie premiere: A country music fan (American Idol‘s Lauren Alaina) is saddened to see her late grandfather’s BBQ restaurant struggling, but a meet-cute with a TV director (Sweet Carolina‘s Tyler Hynes) helps her realize it’s best to look forward.
NYC Epicenters: 9/11 → 2021 ½
Docuseries finale (90 minutes): New Yorkers unite in grief in the wake of 9/11; the tragedy’s impact is explored through first responders’ health problems, and the persecution of Sikhs and Muslims that followed.
Saturday Night Live
Bridgerton favorite Regé-Jean Page hosts this repeat from February; Bad Bunny performs. (When does the new season premiere?)
🕵️♀️ ON THIS DAY IN TV HISTORY 🕵️♀️
On Sept. 11, 1950, Dick Tracy debuted on ABC, starring Ralph Byrd in the title role and with Angela Greene as Tess Trueheart.