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9/11 Anniversary Programming Schedule: What's On This Weekend

by Jean Bentley, posted Sep 9th 2011 9:00AM
Twin Towers, USASunday 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.

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'The Talk' Gets Perspective on '9/11' from Filmmakers Jule Naudet and James Hanlon (VIDEO)

by Nick Zaino, posted Sep 8th 2011 6:05PM
9/11 film on 'The Talk'To mark the tenth anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, 'The Talk' (weekdays, syndicated on CBS) brought in filmmakers Jule Naudet and James Hanlon to discuss their documentary film '9/11.' The documentary crew was following a rookie firefighter that day, and that rookie's firehouse wound being one of the first to respond.

Naudet remembers hearing the first plane before it crashed into the North Tower. "You hear this loud roar, and I remember just looking up and in between two buildings I see a plane going very fast," he said. "Reflex, instinct, I don't know, I turned the camera around and it reappears and immediately crashes into the North Tower."

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'Rescue Me' Series Finale Brings Laughs, Tears and Closure (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Sep 8th 2011 1:46AM
After seven seasons, it was the end of the journey for Tommy Gavin on 'Rescue Me' (Wed., 10PM ET on FX).

It's hard to say if it's a great ending or a disappointing ending, but a lot of that depends on your expectations going in. I would say it is definitely a satisfactory ending and, more importantly, a consistent ending.

'Rescue Me' has always been about dark humor, guys being the idiots that guys can be, and moments of danger, violence and occasional poignancy. In that, this finale delivered by being absolutely consistent with what this show has always been about.

!!SPOILER ALERT!!

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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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HBO to Air New 9/11 Documentary on Tenth Anniversary of the Attacks

by Catherine Lawson, posted Aug 30th 2011 9:10AM
HBO logoThe tenth anniversary of the September 11 terrorist attacks is now just days away, and although the events of that dreadful day will forever be seared into the collective memories of those who lived through it, there are, it seems, some stories still untold.

HBO and 'Time' magazine have partnered to produce a documentary, airing for the first time on the tenth anniversary of the attacks, which tells some of those untold stories.

'Beyond 9/11: Portraits of Resilience' will premiere on Sept. 11 at 8:46AM ET, ten years to the minute that American Airlines Flight 11 crashed into World Trade Center One.

According to HBO, the documentary "highlights transcendent stories of courage, survival and remembrance."

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Forest Whitaker Honors Story of Iraq War Vet at 'National Memorial Day Concert' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted May 31st 2011 12:51AM
Forest Whitaker, 'The National Memorial Day Concert'Memorial Day is a holiday to honor the men and women of our armed forces, and those who sacrifice so much for our country and our freedoms. At 'The National Memorial Day Concert' (Sun., 8PM ET on PBS), Forest Whitaker helped to bring home how personal each of those veteran's stories are, by relating one to us.

Specialist Michael Martin suffered injuries when his "40,000 pound monster vehicle" somersaulted after hitting an IED.

"Right away, I noticed things weren't the same. The simplest things like putting on a seatbelt frustrated me. My balance was bad. My speech was bad, my short-term memory, it was gone," Whitaker related on behalf of Martin.

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President Obama Announces Osama bin Laden Has Been Killed (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted May 2nd 2011 12:58AM
President Barack Obama announces Osama bin Laden is deadEast coast fans of 'Celebrity Apprentice' were probably quite surprised when NBC pre-empted the ending of the episode, before the elimination, with an unplanned 'NBC News Special Report' (Sun. 10:50PM ET on NBC) for a speech by President Obama.

Earlier in the night, word had come out that Obama was going to speak to the American people at 10:30 PM ET, but it was later than that by almost an hour. All the major broadcast networks carried the speech, pre-empting regularly scheduled programming on the East Coast and delaying start times on the West Coast.

By the time the president's speech began, CNN and all the other major news outlets were reporting that the president would be revealing that Osama bin Laden had been killed by American forces and that his body was in US custody.

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Jon Stewart: Why Won't Fox News Disclose That Ground Zero Mosque-Funder is News Corp Shareholder? (VIDEO)

by Oliver Miller, posted Aug 24th 2010 2:37AM
Jon Stewart Links Fox News to the 'Ground Zero Mosque'Fox News has been fairly merciless in its criticism of the 'Ground Zero Mosque.' Commentators on the station consider the mosque to be dangerous and radical -- and they think that creating an Islamic center on the site is insensitive to the feelings of 9/11 survivors.

Correspondents on the network have also routinely been asking where the funding for the mosque is coming from. They have been implying that the money is coming from suspicious sources ... such as terrorists. But now, we learn that a man who has been funding the "Ground Zero Mosque" is the second largest shareholder of ... New Corp, Fox's parent company. Whoops. That's not good.

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Jon Stewart vs. Glenn Beck; Fighting Over the 'Ground Zero' Mosque (VIDEO)

by Oliver Miller, posted Aug 17th 2010 2:00AM
Jon Stewart vs. Glenn Beck; Fighting Over the 'Ground Zero' Mosque'Daily Show' host Jon Stewart has been making fun of Fox News anchor Glenn Beck for a long time. On the latest episode of the show (weeknights, 11PM ET on Comedy Central), Stewart criticized Beck for his stance on the "Ground Zero" mosque.

In case you haven't been following this controversy -- it was proposed that a Islamic mosque and cultural center be built in Lower Manhattan. The site chosen was just two blocks away from the location of the 9/11 attacks.

Polls consistently show that a majority of Americans -- 64% or more -- oppose building the Islamic center. President Obama is in favor of the mosque. ... And naturally, Glenn Beck is against it. But tonight, Jon Stewart went after Beck, accusing him of "flip-flopping" and hypocrisy.

First, Beck attacked Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf -- the man who is trying to build the mosque. And then Beck presented this quote from Rauf:

"I wouldn't say that the United States deserved what happened [on 9/11], but United States policies were an accessory to the crime that happened."

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Best TV of the '00s: News Events

by Brad Trechak, posted Jan 3rd 2010 2:03PM

9/11More of our best of the decade coverage, which started on Tuesday. You can read the other posts at the link above. We finish up the series by talking about some of the news events that defined the decade, and how TV covered them.

It seems odd to call the news events of the 00's a "best" list. As we started the 21st century, America seemed to have a different tragedy happening at every twist and turn. There was the Year 2000 bug followed by 9/11 followed by the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan followed by Hurricane Katrina followed by the worst recession since the Great Depression. We've also had various celebrity deaths recently including the iconic and controversial Michael Jackson.

The tragedies of the decade were accompanied by revolutionary change. America elected its first African-American President. New forms of media such as social networking arose like a phoenix from the ashes of the old media.

The decade was filled with many ups and downs, possibly more downs. The full repercussions of the events won't likely be acknowledged or analyzed for years or decades to come. Wherever we end up, it will have been one hell of a ride.

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Right now on Cinematical

by Kona Gallagher, posted Sep 13th 2009 10:08PM
The folks at our sister site Cinematical are working hard to give you news and reviews of the best -- and worst -- the silver screen has to offer. Here are some of their musings on the latest blockbusters, indies, and everything in between:

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Oliver Stone bringing the Secret History of America to Showtime

by Jason Hughes, posted Aug 19th 2009 7:02PM
Oliver StoneRather than dramatize the kinds of conspiracy theories that led to his film JFK being one of the most controversial releases of its time, Oliver Stone's latest project is a documentary series. The ten-part Secret History of America will cover the last 60 years of America, and is said to cover the dramatically "under-reported" events of that era that shaped this country.

It also promises to include "newly discovered facts" from the Kennedy administration, the Vietnam War and how America achieved its current global role post-Cold War. In other words, it'll be full of controversial ideas that will upset a lot of people. Sounds like Oliver Stone alright. I'm sure Michael Moore will be paying attention to see how successful this is.

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Big plans for 60th Emmy broadcast ... as long as there's no strike

by Allison Waldman, posted Jul 18th 2008 2:05PM
Ken EhrlichFor Ken Erhlich, executive producer of the Emmy broadcast, the goal is clear. "The war cry is always, 'What are we going to do and how are we going to make it better?' We did some inventive things, we changed it up, we understand that this is the industry's big night. This means something and we can't trivialize it, but we certainly can have some fun with it." He told me that last year, prior to the Emmy-in-the-round broadcast, a memorable -- and successful show.

In 2008, the decisions about the 60th anniversary Emmys are still in the works for the September LA broadcast, but one decision has already been made. It won't be in the round. While it looked good on air, the industry didn't like it. "People loved it at home. It had a great look, but you know, you try things, you want to bring something fresh to the show."

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Morning Joe's Joe should be back soon

by Allison Waldman, posted Jul 2nd 2008 3:40PM
Morning Joe SHave you been wondering where Joe Scarborough has been on Morning Joe the past few weeks? The titular star of the show has been off the air, missing all the doings with Senator Hillary Clinton suspending her campaign for president and Senator Obama Barack becoming the presumptive Democratic candidate.

For months and months of the primaries, Joe and the Morning Joe team were in the thick of it every morning ... and then Joe was gone.

Well, the reason for Scarborough's absence is due to a family illness. In May, Joe's wife Susan gave birth to their son Jack. Unfortunately, Jack wasn't due to arrive until August. He was severely premature, weighing just 2 lbs., 3 oz. He had to be kept at the hospital in an incubator and fattened up. As of this Monday, his weight was up to 4 lbs., 10 oz. and the doctors declared he was ready to go home.

Morning Joe regulars Willie Geist and Mika Brzezinski went on the air Tuesday with the story and assured viewers that Joe will be back on camera soon. I wish the Scarboroughs well and hope baby Jack continues to thrive.

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