National Geographic Channel announced this afternoon it will re-trace the day before the September 11, 2001, attacks on the World Trade Center and Pentagon — what it calls “the last day of innocence” — in a two-hour documentary premiering Sunday, September 7, called 9/10: The Final Hours.
Here is NatGeo’s announcement, setting up the premise:
Few images in history are as seared in America’s consciousness as that of American Airlines Flight 11 crashing into the North Tower of the World Trade Center in 2001. In the days, months and even years following the attack, the horrific events of that day and the aftermath have been relived through the media — so much so that it’s hard to remember a time before Sept. 11.
Premiering Sunday, Sept. 7, at 9 p.m. ET/PT, 9/10: The Final Hours takes us moment by moment through the day before everything changed, before the “war on terror” became a part of the world’s everyday vernacular. We’ll hear from those who worked inside the World Trade Center, whose snap decisions resulted in narrow misses of the attack, as well as men and women who confronted the terrorist mastermind of the operation, Mohamed Atta, during his sudden — and still unexplained — detour to Portland, Maine.
We also see the World Trade Center from another unique perspective, that of the artists who lived and worked on the 91st and 92nd floors of the North Tower. This combination of perspective brings this last day of innocence into new — and
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One year after being savaged for its decision not to carry live the traditional Moment of Silence ceremony on September 11, NBC’s Today show got back in step with competitors this morning, airing a four-minute report anchored by Savannah Guthrie and Matt Lauer. Last year on this date, ABC’s Good Morning America, CBS This Morning and the cable news nets carried the moment-of-silence ceremonies in NYC and at the White House. But at 8:46 AM — the time when the first plane hit the World Trade Center 11 years earlier — Today was interviewing Kris “Mama Kardashian” Jenner about the expiration date on her breast implants and the season finale of Keeping Up With The Kardashians on E!, which is owned by NBC parent Comcast. Today devoted some time that day to commemorating the 9/11 anniversary, but The Reporters Who Cover Television jumped all over its MOS counter-programming call, gleefully noting NBC was being torched on Twitter with understatements such as “The terrorists just won” and “#NBC talking about Kris Kardashian’s boobs at 8:46? #epicfail #respect.” It was considered one of Today’s bigger PR disasters — not to be confused with the Ann Curry ouster and Lauer’s whiny interview in the new issue of Esquire.
Related: NBC News Chief Apologizes, Sort Of, For ‘Today’ 9/11 Gaffe
Not surprisingly, Discovery Channel announced this morning it will roll out its documentary from the Naudet brothers, in which they interviewed every living White House Chiefs of Staff, on Sept. 11. The two hour special will air for one hour that night and one hour the next night, at 9 PM ET/PT. Gedeon and Jules Naudet, you’ll recall, are the young documentary filmmakers who happened to be at the right/wrong place at just the right/wrong time when Jules accompanied members of the Engine 7, Ladder 1 firehouse in Lower Manhattan to the World Trade Center on Sept. 11, 2001 and shot footage of American Airlines Flight 11 hitting the north tower of the center and the complex’s collapse. (He and Gedeon were working on a docu about the firehouse at the time.) That footage became the 2002 documentary 9/11 which was aired to acclaim by CBS. Read More »