‘The Rising’ Lifts Spirits At Screening

New York — Tissues on the table at the
entrance to the screening of Discovery’s Rising:
Rebuilding Ground Zero
were a clue that
the new series would be an emotional rollercoaster.

The series is a six-part documentary executive
produced by Steven Spielberg that chronicles
the rebuilding of the new, 104-story One
World Trade Center, part of “a massive effort
under way to reshape Ground Zero into an expansive
16-acre complex the likes of which has
never been seen before.” It premieres Thursday,
Aug. 25, at 8 p.m.

The show follows many different characters
in the rebuilding, from the 9/11 Memorial’s
curator to a retired New York City
firefighter who searched for three months
at the site before finding the remains of his
son, also a firefighter.

Viewers can’t help
connecting with the
pathos of each character’s
tale, but the
main characters are
the buildings themselves.
Just as the
show begins to go
too deep into sentimental
territory, the
focus shifts back to
the rebui lding effort,
and interviews with architects, engineers,
city planners and other experts
help balance the film to give it an uplifting

Viewers who went to the 49th floor of 7
WTC were afforded a spectacular view of a
frenzy of activity below, with trucks, excavators
and workers amidst trees and the two
reflecting pools that sit upon the footprints
of the original buildings. Above, cranes
and workers were feverishly making their
way up the skyline. Inside, wine and hors
d’oeuvres were served.

Discovery CEO David Zaslav reminded the
crowd, which included families affected by
9/11, city officials, architects and media, of how
personal the tragedy was for all Americans.

“As a native New Yorker, I was profoundly
affected, as all of you in the room were, by
9/11,” he said. “I grew up here.” He recalled
working summers for his father at 30 Vesey
St. in the shadow of the twin towers. His father
had called to tell him about the first
plane. “We all know what happened and
what transpired.”

Discovery is planning a series of screenings
with members of the communities impacted
by Sept. 11, including Pentagon City,
Va.; Shanksville, Pa.; New York; and Newark,
N.J. The screenings and panels will also
be streamed free and live to students nationwide
at DiscoveryEducation.com.

Vince Cellini Comes Back
To Turner Fold at NCAA.com

Turner Sports will launch a new college football
preview show on its owned-and-operated
NCAA.com site in September — and has
brought back a veteran sportscaster to host it.

Former CNN Sports on-air personality Vince
will return to Turner to host the new
NCAA.com College Football Preview Show as
well as serve as a full-time host for Turner’s
NBA TV digital channel.

Cellini, most recently at Fox-owned SportsSouth hosting pre-and
post-game shows for the NBA’s Atlanta Hawks during the 2010-2011
season, will also continue his roles as host for the NASCAR Preview
Show Delivered by FedEx
and Fantasy Showdown on NASCAR.com.

A veteran of Turner Sports, Cellini joined the company in 1989 as a
correspondent for CNN Sports and eventually co-hosted CNN’s then
daily sports show CNN Sports Tonight. He also worked on CNN and was
alongside news anchor Carol Lin at the CNN Center during the time of
the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks.

“The addition of Vince brings added depth, experience and knowledge
about the NBA to our already strong lineup on NBA TV,” Albert
“Scooter” Vertino, VP of content, NBA Digital, said in a statement. “We
are excited to have Vince back with the Turner family.”

Postcard From Europe’s Rooftop

In January 2010, The Wire reported on GMC’s Jeff Brown and Comcast
SportsNet’s Mike Sheehey and their efforts to summit Mount Aconcagua,
the highest peak in South America (22,841 feet). Though the
climb was perilous,
they survived
— and were back
at it this summer,
in Western

Brown, now
at Sportsman
Channel, and
Sheehey, senior
vice president of
sports content at
Comcast Sports
Group, climbed
to the top of Mont Blanc, on the French/Italian border in the Alps, on
Friday, July 29, at a summit elevation of 15,782 feet. They climbed for
nearly 16 hours on summit day, over exposed ridges and crevasses,
and the temperature was about 5 degrees below zero Fahrenheit at
the peak. The photo was taken with Brown’s disposable camera, which
worked better at the frosty summit than his digital camera, Brown told
The Wire.