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This version of my TV Picks covers the coverage of the anniversary
of 9/11/01. If you'd like to read about alternatives to the coverage
of the anniversary, you'll want to visit this
other version of today's picks.
Expect fewer commercial interruptions today. In
some cases, no commercials may air on some networks.
Networks with almost continuous or continuous coverage
today: CNN, ABC, CBS, NBC, MTV, MSNBC, FOX News, History Channel,
Tom Brokaw hosts a Town Meeting (NBC, 11:30am-3pm).
Peter Jennings anchors 9/11: Answering Children's Questions,
Looking Back, Looking Ahead (ABC, 3pm).
Interview with President George W. Bush on 60 Minutes II
Find out what Sept. 11 was like for air traffic controllers on
a Tom Brokaw 9/11 Special (NBC, 7pm-8pm).
Presidential Address (CNN, CBS, ABC, NBC, et al at 8pm)
A Requiem for September 11th (PBS, 9pm).
Three Weeks After Paradise (Bravo, 9pm and midnight).
The Late Show with David Letterman (CBS, 10:35pm)
Late Night with Conan O'Brien (NBC, 11:35pm)
I don't know what to tell you. There's really too
much coverage. You can look through this page. You can visit tvtattle.com
and tvbarn.com and check
out their links to information about the coverage. You can visit
websites for the various networks or follow links I've provided.
Read the TV listings yourself if you'd like. Or just surf from
network to network to see whose coverage of the memorials you
I know this is mostly a list, without a lot of detail.
I've already put many hours into my picks for this single day
and while I could spend some more hours trying to write up lengthier
descriptions, I'm gonna stop now. I hope this helps you figure
out what's on and what might be of interest to you. I've not watched
many of the specials thus far, it's too hard for me.
I know that I felt ABC did the best job with the
9/11 coverage last year, mostly because they didn't give the events
a catchy title and they didn't air footage of the events. They
were restrained, I appreciated that. Maybe they'll do a great
job on the anniversary, maybe other networks will. Maybe it doesn't
PBS has aired some great coverage, so their specials
are worth checking out if you haven't seen them yet. I like the
sounds of the Requiem at 9pm, seems better than the concert
over on NBC.
I'm betting the stuff I'll like the best today that
touches a bit on 9/11 will be the late night talk shows (especially
Letterman and Conan), possibly The Caroline Rhea Show (she's
got Suzanne Vega singing, can't beat that), and the coverage on
ESPN (of all places).
Remember that the late night talk shows will likely
be delayed at least 15 or 20 minutes because of the Presidential
address at 8pm. All the other post-8pm programming on the big
networks will be delayed, too.
And if you get tired of coverage, check out my
alternate picks for some suggestions of other things to watch.
Or just flip on over to the Cartoon Network, TV Land, or Turner
Expect coverage pretty much all day long on CNN. Of memorials
all over and the like on America Remembers (CNN, 5am-).
MSNBC is also calling their coverage America
Remembers (MSNBC, 3am - ).
Dan Rather leads the day's coverage of commemorative
events taking place in New York, Washington, D.C., Shanksville,
Pa., and elsewhere around the country starting on The Early
Show (CBS, 6am). Details
and schedule for the CBS coverage.
On ABC, Reporters cover the events marking the
anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks in coverage they're calling
simply 9/11 (ABC, starting at 6am). Details/Schedule
for ABC coverage.
Katie Couric and Matt Lauer anchor live coverage
of events commemorating Sept. 11, 2001 on Today (NBC, 6am-11:30am).
Suzanne Vega, Sharon Salzburg, Sarah Chang on a
special "Day of Remembrance" episode of The Caroline
Rhea Show (syndicated, check your local listings).
Remembering the Mothers who died on 9/11/01 on Oprah
(syndicated, check your local listings).
Music Videos: With 9/11 Video Postcards
Outside the Lines: 9/11: One Year Later
9/11 Memorial: Faces of 9/11 (A&E, 7am-).
"New images from thousands of lenses form a chilling
and heroic mosaic of that awful day" on 9/11 Memorial
(History Channel, 7am-).
Flight 93: A Call to Action (ESPN2, 7am).
"Ed Gordon and Jacque Reid cover commemorations
and discuss the impact on the black community" on September
11th: Telling Our Stories (BET, 7:30am-9am).
The Bravest Team: The Rebuilding of the FDNY
Football Club (ESPN2, 8am, 6pm, 10pm).
MTV News Now: Pop Culture Post 9/11 (MTV,
9/11 Then and Now (WGN, 9am).
"Profiles of five women show how their lives were
changed forever by the events of Sept. 11" in Stories of Hope,
Healing and Courage: Remembering 9/11 (Lifetime Movie Network,
9:30am; Lifetime, 10:30am).
VH1 Remembers Concert for New York (VH1,
First Response (History Channel, 10am).
Inside Islam (History Channel, 11am-1pm).
Tom Brokaw Town Meeting (NBC, 11:30am-3pm).
Baseball (ESPN, 11:30am). Not sure what game
you'll get, but there are many good ones to choose from. And yeah,
most Noon games will feature memorial services starting at 11:30am
(I'm going to the Twins game at the Metrodome, we're playing the
The World Trade Center: Rise and Fall of an
American Icon (History Channel, 1pm-3pm, 8pm-10pm).
Baseball: Montreal Expos at Chicago Cubs
Carson Daly hosts TRL: We Remember (MTV,
Baseball: Los Angeles Dodgers at San Francisco
Giants (ESPN, 2:30pm).
Peter Jennings anchors 9/11: Answering Children's
Questions, Looking Back, Looking Ahead (ABC, 3pm).
The Pentagon (History Channel, 3pm).
War on Terror: A Year in Review (History
Babies of 9/11 (TLC, 4pm, 11pm).
Relics From the Rubble (History Channel,
Still Riding: Rescue Company New York City
(TLC, 5pm, 1am).
Baseball: Baltimore Orioles at New York Yankees
(ESPN, 6pm).; Baseball: Boston Red Sox at Tampa Bay Devil Rays
VH1 reruns The Concert For New York City
A "unique collection of photographs" on Here
Is New York (TLC, 6pm).
First Response (History Channel, 6pm).
The NewsHour With Jim Lehrer (PBS, check
your local listings).
Frontline: Faith and Doubt at Ground Zero
(PBS, check your local listings).
Exclusive interview with President George W. Bush
on 60 Minutes II (CBS, 7pm).
"Air- traffic controllers recall how the events
of Sept. 11 unfolded" on a Tom Brokaw 9/11 Special (NBC,
"Interviews reveal lives forever altered by the
Sept. 11 disasters" on 110 Stories (TLC, 7pm, midnight).
"Over 150 World Trade Center attack survivors
share their stories" on Donahue 9/11 Town Meeting
(MSNBC, 7pm and 10pm).
The Day the Towers Fell (History Channel,
7pm and 11pm). Snapshots by professional and amateur photographers
(some are pretty graphic).
Portraits of Grief (Discovery Channel, 7pm
and 10pm, 1am).
Brit Hume hosts Fox News: 9/11 -- The Day America
Changed (FOX, 7pm-9pm).
Investigative Reports: Anatomy of September
11th (A&E, 7pm-9pm; 11pm-1am).
Another airing of In Memoriam: New York City
9/11/01 (HBO, 7pm).
The two hour episode of Doc (PAX, 7pm-9pm)
called "Some Gave All" which pays tribute to those who perished
SportsCenter Flashback: September 11 (ESPN
Classic, 7pm and 11pm).
The President is expected to speak at 8pm,
this will likely push all the network programs scheduled to air
after 8pm back 15-20 minutes or more. Please plan accordingly.
Should air on the major networks. Most non-news cable programming
should air without interruption or delay.
10,000 children try to move on without parents on
After 9/11: Rebuilding Lives (Discovery Channel, 8pm and
Love's Legacy: The Babies of 9/11 (ABC
World Trade Center: Anatomy of the Collapse
The World Trade Center: Rise and Fall of an
American Icon (History Channel, 8pm-10pm; midnight-2am).
Major League Baseball on September 11 (ESPN
Classic, 8pm and midnight).
Tom Brokaw hosts a two-hour concert event from
the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts called Concert
For America (NBC, 8pm or after the Presidential address).
Featuring India.Arie, Alan Jackson, Enrique Iglesias, Chris Isaak,
Denyce Graves, Plácido Domingo, Gloria Estefan, Renée Fleming,
Aretha Franklin, Al Green, Josh Groban, and others. The President
and First Lady will attend the event.
CBS will rerun their 9/11 special after the
Presidential address. It's the Emmy-nominated special by two French
filmmakers that aired earlier this year. Features footage from
inside the towers after the initial attack. It's compelling, but
tough viewing. A little manipulative (I'll let you know ahead
of time: the rookie lives).
Larry King Live: America Remembers (CNN,
The New Jersey Symphony Orchestra and the Westminster
Choir stage a memorial concert in Liberty State Park against the
backdrop of Manhattan and the Statue of Liberty on A Requiem
for September 11th (PBS, 9pm).
"Playwright Israel Horovitz recounts the personal
events of his life in the wake of the attack on the World Trade
Center" in Three Weeks After Paradise (Bravo, 9pm and midnight).
Rebuilding Ground Zero (Discovery Channel,
9pm and midnight).
The First November: World Series 2001 (ESPN
Classic, 9pm and 1am).
Minute by Minute: Attack on the Pentagon
(A&E, 9pm, 1am).
World Trade Center: Triumph & Tragedy (Travel
Pentagon Under Fire (TLC, 9pm).
Baseball (ESPN, 9pm). Game still TBA.; Baseball:
Oakland A's at Anaheim Angels (ESPN2, 9pm). Games may vary.
There'll be a moment of silence at 9:11pm during the games and
expect some special 9/11 coverage, but so far ESPN's handled this
sort of thing gracefully. You can enjoy a good ballgame without
having too much 9/11 stuff in it.
Inside Flight 93 (TLC, 10pm).
Nanci Griffith, other guests TBA on The Late
Show with David Letterman (CBS, 10:35pm).
Sen. John McCain, Goo Goo Dolls, James Woods on
The Tonight Show (NBC, 10:35pm).
Sarah Vowell, Carson Daly, Joan Osborne on Late
Night with Conan O'Brien (NBC, 11:35pm).
Ben Stein, Dr. Drew Pinsky, Marilyn Scott on The
Late Late Show (CBS, check your local listings).
Denis Leary, Robert Bradley's Blackwater Surprise
on Last Call with Carson Daly (NBC, check your local listings).
Nia Vardalos, Meredith Vieira, Aaron Carter on
Live with Regis and Kelly (syndicated, check your local
Catherine Deneuve, Claire Shipman, Eva LaRue, John
Callahan on The View (ABC, check your local listings).
Jamie Lynn-Sigler (of The Sopranos), Duncan Sheik,
Colin Cowie, Jackee Harry on The Caroline Rhea Show (syndicated,
check your local listings).
Honoring Fathers who died on 9/11/01 on Oprah
(syndicated, check your local listings).
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