NEW YORK – It is the first year that Americans will pay its respects to the memories of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks since a U.S. bullet to the head of Osama bin Laden killed its mastermind.
Since this year will mark the 10th anniversary of Sept. 11, 2001, it is expected to be the kind of media event that will allow TV viewers to become completely immersed in the memories.
“It was a transformative event,” said Mark Burstein, executive producer of special events coverage for ABC News. “This was an event that everyone who was over the age of 10 remembers where they were on this day. It changed millions of lives. I’m not surprised that 10 years later the world will stop and look back and remember.”
The staggering amount of coverage over nine days including on September 11 will offer an assortment of events, tributes and documentaries. Also available is 3,000 hours of global TV broadcasts during seven days of coverage in 2001 at The 9/11 Television News Archive.
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Here are some of the scheduled programs however it is important to check your local listings. Set up your DVR now to record these events to make sure none of this historic coverage is missed.
- “Freedom Rising,” Fox News Channel. Tracks the building of the new World Trade Center and the memorial to people killed there.
- “Heroes of the 88th Floor,” TLC. Focusing on rescue effort at Port Authority offices on the 88th floor of the north World Trade Center tower.
- “9/11: Day That Changed the World,” Smithsonian Channel. Documentary that tells inside story of Sept. 11 with interviews with Dick Cheney, Rudy Giuliani, Donald Rumsfeld, Laura Bush, Andrew Card and others.
- “Children of 9/11,” NBC. Documentary following children who lost a parent on Sept. 11.
- “Top Secret America,” PBS. Journalist Dana Priest examines how a decade of fighting terrorism has changed the country.
- “Footnotes of 9/11,” CNN. Profiles eight people mentioned in the footnotes of the 9/11 Commission report about what happened to them on Sept. 11.
- “Terror in the Dust,” CNN. Dr. Sanjay Gupta discusses health concerns of people who spent time at ground zero.
- “American Greed: 9/11 Fraud,” CNBC. About the lengths people go to steal money at a time of tragedy.
- “Engineering Ground Zero,” PBS. About construction at the World Trade Center site.
- “Faith and Doubt at Ground Zero,” PBS. Rerun of “Frontline” report about how the attacks affected religious faith.
- “Beyond Bravery: The Women of 9/11,” CNN. Profiles female rescue workers at the World Trade Center.
- “9/11: Timeline of Terror,” Fox News Channel. Shows how the events of Sept. 11 happened in real time.
- “Beyond 9/11: Portraits of Resilience,” CNN. Tells stories of 40 people who led and sacrificed in the hours and weeks after the attacks.
- “Dateline NBC,” NBC. Two-hour special with NBC anchor Tom Brokaw reviewing the attacks and talking to some people he interviewed a decade earlier.
- “9/11: The Days After,” History. Documenting the aftermath of the attacks.
- “Voices From Inside the Towers,” History. Stories about people trapped in the World Trade Center, using audio records.
- “On Native Soil,” MSNBC. Documentary narrated by Kevin Costner and Hilary Swank about the 9/11 Commission.
- “9/11: 10 Years Later,” CBS. Rerun of insider’s account at World Trade Center, freshened with new interviews with people involved. Robert De Niro returns as host.
- “America Remembers: 9/11,” PBS. Evening recap with “NewsHour” team examining the impact of Sept. 11 in different communities.
- “The New York Philharmonic 10th Anniversary Concert for 9/11,” PBS. Remembrance concert.
- “Remembrance and Renewal: Ten Years After the 9/11 Attacks,” ABC. Evening special looking back on the anniversary and aftermath of attacks.
- “The Making of the 9/11 Memorial,” History. Behind-the-scenes view of the memorial from idea to construction.
- “102 Minutes That Changed America,” History. Rerun of documentary, starting at precise anniversary of when the first plane hit the World Trade Center.
- “The Space Between,” USA. Film with actress Melissa Leo portraying a stewardess on a plane ground on 9/11 who travels across the country with a 10-year-old boy whose father worked at the World Trade Center.
- “Twin Towers,” USA. Academy Award-winning documentary about brothers, a New York City police officer and firefighter, killed on Sept. 11.
- “9/11: In Our Own Words,” MSNBC. NBC News anchors and correspondents recall what they were doing on Sept. 11.
- “Rebirth,” Showtime. Documentary tracks the lives of five people whose lives were changed by Sept. 11, along with using time-lapse photography to show how ground zero has changed.
- “Slammin’ Iron,” HDNet. Documentary on Mohawk Indian ironworkers helping to rebuild the World Trade Center.
- “Dan Rather Remembers,” HDNet. Former CBS anchor reports on how the world has changed in 10 years.
- “Loose Change,” HDNet. Controversial documentary asserting attacks were part of government conspiracy, along with “Conspiracy Files: 9/11 Ten Years On,” a BBC production investigating the claims and response to “Loose Change.”