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What to Watch: TV Picks for September 6 - 11

by Stephanie Earp, posted Sep 6th 2011 8:40AM
9/11: Ten Years Later -- Sunday, September 11, 8PM ET/PT, CBS/Global

Of all the specials airing this week, this one, narrated by Robert De Niro, may be hard to watch, but not as hard as others (like the hour on History playing all the phone calls out of the towers). This is an update to a special that aired not long after 9/11, and told the story of Engine 7 Ladder 1. It's also the only special that has footage of the first plane hitting Tower One. As astounding as it may seem, there is a whole generation of young people out there who did not see it happen the first time and are old enough now to watch and understand.

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Intervention Canada - Friday September 9, 8PM ET/PT, Slice

I'm not sure Canada needs its own version of this show -- after all, are Canadian addicts and the people who love them so different from those across the border? But the back-to-back episodes that mark this series debut sound as engaging and heartbreaking as any that have aired down south. It took just five years for heroin and crack to take 50-year-old John from successful business owner to living on the street. Meanwhile Loren and her girlfriend Christy are both near death from alcoholism -- and they have two kids to care for.

Nelly Furtado: The Road to Kisaruni - Saturday September 10, 7PM ET, CTV

Nelly Furtado joins non-profit organization Artbound on their first assignment to build a girls school in the Maasai Mara region of Kenya. High tuition costs mean that less than five percent of girls will attend high school and only one girl a year will then move on to university.

Cops - Saturday September 10, 8PM ET, Fox

I never thought I would come to feel that 'Cops' (of all things) was an elder statesmen sort of a show, but as it heads into its 24th season, it's hard not to think of it as a classic at this point. Whether its the timeslot, the grit, or the unintentional humour of the faceblur technology, 'Cops' is clearly doing something right. This season includes a tour in the Windy City. Wanna bet they don't look like Jennifer Beals?

Torchwood: Miracle Day - Saturday September 10, 9PM ET, Space

In tonight's finale, the Torchwood team launches a final, desperate mission against the seemingly undefeatable Three Families, and realize it may come down to the ultimate sacrifice.

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