Two weeks from today, the tenth anniversary of one of the darkest days in American history will take place. It is fitting that this most widely recorded event will also have extremely prolific television coverage. The Flaming Nose will list as many 9-11 specials as possible here, so that our readers can plan which ones they would like to view. I should also mention that many people also plan to mark 9-11 as a national day of service to provide volunteer efforts for their communities.
Rising: Rebuilding Ground Zero
Discovery Channel on September 1, 2011 at 8PM. Documentary on the massive undertaking to rebuild Ground Zero.
9/11: Ten Years Later: A rebroadcast of the CBS special narrated and updated by Robert DeNiro. September 11, 2011 at 8pm.
George W. Bush The 9-11 Interview: This special airs tonight (August 28th). An exclusive National Geographic channel interview with the former president as he describes what he was thinking and feeling as the events of 9-11 unfolded ten years ago.
9-11 Heroes of the 88th Floor: Scheduled for September 4th at 9pm on TLC, Chris Noth narrates this incredible story of bravery about two men who saved a total of 77 lives inside the towers on 9-11.
Saved: 9/11/2001: A unique perspective from Animal Planet about how the healing love of family pets helped two families deal with the pain from 9-11. Airing September 7th at 9pm.
The Love We Make: This one has me thinking I'm going to have to re-up for Showtime (again!). It's a behind the scenes look at the Concert for New York tribute organized by Paul McCartney in the days following 9-11. Featuring rock heavy weights Elton John, The Who and David Bowie. I remember watching this concert when it first aired, and getting a sinus head ache for a solid week from crying so hard. Scheduled for Saturday, September 10 at 9pm.
Voices Inside the Towers: Some survived...some did not. History Channel special on the recorded messages from those trapped inside the Twin Towers on 9-11. There is some confusion about the airing of this special, as many online sources show it scheduled for Sept 10th on History, but their own website no longer has it listed. It's quite possible this special has been pulled already, most likely due to the controversial nature of the content. Sounds like the lawyers got involved.
The Space Between: The only fictional depiction of 9-11, this movie is set to air on USA network on September 11th at 8pm. Starring Academy Award winner Melissa Leo, it's about a flight attendant who befriends a Pakistani boy after flights are grounded on 9-11.
102 Minutes that Changed America: History Channel and A&E will both air this extraordinary documentary that uses video footage from real people (without narration) to depict what happened on the morning of the terrorist attacks in real time. The Flaming Nose has written about this special before, it is probably the best and most chilling of all 9-11 specials because it is utterly real. It will be scheduled again at 8:47 am on 9-11-2011.
The Flight that Fought Back: Discovery Channel is making it possible to watch this documentary from their website. One of the most inspirational and tragic stories from 9-11, depicts the events from Flight 93, where the passengers joined together to fight back against the terrorists.
Twins of the Twin Towers: Fledgling Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN) airs a special about the 40 twins who lost their siblings in the World Trade Tower attacks of 9-11. Scheduled for September 11 at 9pm.
9-11. We will never forget, and television will make sure of it.