Sunday marks the tenth anniversary of the September 11th attacks. Naturally, TV networks of all sizes have compiled a diverse list of tribute programs, news reports and documentaries to commemorate the occasion.
Highlights include Showtime’s documentary ‘The Love We Make,’ a behind-the-scenes look at Paul McCartney’s 2001 Concert For New York, which airs Saturday night; CBS’s Robert De Niro-narrated ‘9/11,’ which airs Sunday night; and the Melissa Leo-starring film ‘The Space Between,’ which airs Sunday night on USA.
Below, take a look at most of this weekend’s 9/11 programming.
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 9
9PM, History Channel: ‘9/11: The Days After’
From the producers of ‘102 Minutes,’ ‘9/11: The Days After’ takes an authentic, unflinchingly honest look at what happened after the tragedy. It is a chronicle of life in a changed city, a changed country, a changed world.
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 10
9PM, History Channel: ‘Voices From Inside the Towers’
A film documenting many harrowing, heartbreaking stories — some never heard before — of love and loss on 9/11.
10PM, A&E: ‘Portraits from Ground Zero’
Photojournalist & filmmaker Andrea Booher was one of only two photographers allowed unlimited, 24-hour access to Ground Zero in the days after the September 11th attacks. This two-hour special will feature the subjects of Booher’s harrowing photographs including: a firefighter searching for the body of his life-long friend; a teenage girl mourning her stepfather; a Franciscan friar ministering to the dead; and the future FDNY Chief of Department worrying about a potential building collapse. She uses the battered green notebook she carried at the Trade Center to track down the people in nearly a dozen of her favorite pictures, and gets them to tell, for the first time, the riveting personal stories behind the photographs.
10PM, BIO Channel: ‘Beyond: Messages from 9/11’
Bonnie McEneaney’s husband Eamon died the morning of 9/11, in his 105th floor Twin Towers office. Before his death, Eamon predicted an event at work and even after has never stopped sending Bonnie messages of his love from the beyond. Soon after her loss, Bonnie realized she wasn’t alone in her experiences of receiving signs and messages from lost loved ones. In this one-hour special, families of 9/11 victims share their stories of the messages they received from beyond, and the love and hope that lives on knowing that life doesn’t end at death — but is instead transformed.
10PM, Showtime: ‘The Love We Make’
Iconic documentary filmmaker Albert Maysles and award-winning filmmaking partner Bradley Kaplan direct this portrait of legendary rocker Paul McCartney as he assembles the Concert for New York in the month after the 9/11 attacks, bringing such heavyweights as Elton John, The Who, David Bowie, Billy Joel and many more to Madison Square Garden for a night of musical healing.
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 11
8AM, ABC: ‘9/11: America Remembers Ten Years Later — A Special Edition of Good Morning America’
Diane Sawyer and George Stephanopoulos will anchor three hours of live special coverage on the ABC Television Network with ‘Good Morning America’ co-anchor Robin Roberts live from the World Trade Center site in New York. They will be joined by ‘World News’ weekend anchor David Muir, Katie Couric and ‘This Week’ anchor Christiane Amanpour to take an in-depth look at the event that has defined a generation.
8:46AM, HBO: ‘Beyond 9/11: Portraits of Resilience’
Commemorating the tenth anniversary of the terrorist attacks on New York and Washington, ‘Beyond 9/11: Portraits of Resilience’ highlights transcendent stories of courage, survival and remembrance when the all-new documentary debuts Sun., Sept. 11 at 8:46AM ET — ten years to the minute that American Airlines Flight 11 crashed into World Trade Center One — on HBO. A presentation of TIME magazine in association with HBO, this moving film focuses on the previously untold stories, captured in words and images, of a group of men and women who led America, moved the nation and sacrificed for it, in the hours, days and months that followed Sept. 11, 2001.
8:46AM, A&E, History Channel: ‘102 Minutes That Changed America’
Will be simulcast across all A+E Networks domestic and around the world in 150 countries.
8PM, CBS: ‘9/11’
The update of the critically acclaimed, multi award-winning program ‘9/11’ will feature new interviews with many of the firefighters featured in the original presentation Robert De Niro hosts this historic broadcast from inside Ground Zero ten years later, showcasing exclusive footage inside the site and looking back at its history, with a look forward to the future.
8PM, History Channel: ‘Making the 9/11 Memorial’
History presents a behind-the-scenes insider’s view, from conception to on-site installation at Ground Zero.
8PM, PBS: ‘PBS NewsHour’
‘PBS NewsHour’ presents a special broadcast commemorating the 10th anniversary of the attacks of September 11, 2001. Live coverage of President Obama‘s speech at the Washington National Cathedral will join coverage of the day’s memorial events in New York City, at the Pentagon, in Pennsylvania and other locations, as well as field reports from four locations across the country. Five members of the ‘PBS NewsHour’ team will lead the program: Hari Sreenivasan, Gwen Ifill, Judy Woodruff, Ray Suarez and Jeff Brown. Online, the NewsHour has been collecting user-generated pieces to form a “video quilt” of personal remembrances for the anniversary of 9/11; selected pieces will be included in this program, along with a live studio panel and a reading by former poet laureate Billy Collins.
9PM, Showtime: ‘Rebirth’
The result of a filmmaking journey into living history, the story of ‘Rebirth’ follows the transformation of five people, over the course of 10 years, whose lives were forever altered on September 11, 2001 — and simultaneously tracks, via unprecedented multi-camera time lapse photography, the evolution of the space where the Twin Towers once rose over lower Manhattan.
9PM, USA: ‘The Space Between’
Lonely flight attendant Montine McLeod (Melissa Leo) befriends a 10-year old Pakistani-American boy, Omar Hassan, on a plane grounded in Longview, TX, on the morning of 9/11/01. When Montine discovers that Omar’s father (Phillip Rhys) works in the World Trade Center, she commits to driving the boy back home to his uncertain future in New York City. As they journey across America’s vast heartland in the hours and days immediately following the terrorist attacks, Montine and Omar help each other discover the importance of tolerance, redemption, acceptance and hope.
10PM, ABC: ‘Primetime: Remembrance and Renewal — 10 Years After the 9/11 Attacks’
10PM, OWN: ‘From the Ground Up’
‘From the Ground Up’ shares the emotional journey of five 9/11 FDNY widows who honor their hero husbands by turning tragedy into triumph. Acknowledging the courage and accomplishments of those who survived, the film shares the journeys that resulted in a regained faith in humanity. Healing, acceptance and the meaning of life are found as these women make sense out of madness and mourning while the world watched — taking two steps forward for one step back, through tears, depression and laughter.
10:21PM, USA: ‘Twin Towers’
This Academy Award-winning short documentary film, directed by Bill Guttentag and Robert David Port, shares the true story of the profound courage of two brothers, a New York City policeman and fireman. The footage, originally shot for a Dick Wolf reality pilot about a New York City police squad, became the basis for the powerful documentary. The film was awarded an Oscar for Best Documentary Short Subject in 2002.