As I was thinking about doing a TV list on some of the great specials a channel like the Smithsonian Channel is broadcasting to commemorate the 10th anniversary of 9/11, the awesome folks at TV Line already beat me to the punch (and did it a million times better than I would have done!) Check out the list below.
It’s hard to believe it’s been 10 years already. And while I think some of these shows are in poor taste, most of the shows will most likely do a beautiful job of remembering the heroes we lost while showing some fascinating historical perspectives on how we have changed as a country as a result.
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 Freedomsegments 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.