Cable Specials Will Mark 12th Anniversary of 9/11

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Cable networks made plans for extensive coverage of the 12th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks, with several new documentaries and re-airings of past specials.

Many 9/11-related programs were scheduled for Sunday (Sept. 8), including Smithsonian Channel’s new 9-11: The Heartland Tapes, recapturing the day’s events through actual news reports and other media from outside New York and Washington, D.C. Also on Sunday, CNN was set to re-air its original documentary, The Flag, about what happened to the tattered flag raised on the site of the World Trade Center the day of the attacks.

National Geographic Channel lined up a range of 9/11 specials over three days, starting with a number of shows on Sunday. Today (Sept. 9), Nat Geo will air Inside the Green Berets at 8 p.m. and SEAL Team Six: The Raid on Osama Bin Laden at 9 p.m. And on Wednesday (Sept. 11), Nat Geo has slated: 9/11: Voices from the Air at 7 p.m.; George W. Bush: The 9/11 Interview at 8 p.m.; 9/11: Where Were You? at 9 p.m. and Witness: DC 9/11 at 10 p.m.

In the Discovery Communications camp, Animal Planet on Tuesday (Sept. 10) will air Hero Dogs of 9/11 (8 p.m.), a onehour documentary that pays tribute to three survivors of the 9/11 attacks and more than 300 search-and-rescue dogs and workers at Ground Zero. At 9 p.m. it will reprise Glory Hounds, about working military dogs in Afghanistan.

On Sept. 11, Destination America will relive the events of that day through the eyes of first responders in a special, Answering the Call: Ground Zero’s Volunteers. And Science Channel will re-air the six-part Steven Spielberg-produced Rising: Rebuilding Ground Zero, beginning at 5 p.m.

H2 will premiere 9/11: Relics From the Wreckage, a 30-minute special airing commercial-free at 10 p.m. ET on Tuesday. The Emmy-nominated short-form program showcases five objects being placed in the National September 11 Memorial & Museum.

History will encore the Emmy Awardwinning 102 Minutes That Changed America special at 9 p.m. ET on Wednesday (Sept. 11), also without commercials. Other 9/11 programming on History and H2 includes encores of: 9/11 State of Emergency (8 p.m. Tuesday on H2); Grounded on 9/11 (10:30 p.m. Tuesday on H2); The Man Who Predicted 9/11 (8 p.m. Wednesday on History); and The Miracle of Stairway B (11 p.m. Wednesday on History).

Also Wednesday, Fox News Channel will cover this year’s commemorative events live, with Jonathan Hunt and Rick Leventhal reporting from Ground Zero. Morning show Fox & Friends will also featue “9/11 As It Happened,” a compilation of video from that day.

And on Tuesday at 9 p.m. ET, Fox Sports 1 will air Being: The Finest, an episode of the documentary series that profi les the New York City Police Department football team. Originally slated to air in January 2014, the show will lead into coverage of the 41st Fun City Bowl, pitting the team against the Fire Department’s squad.