NBCUniversal unveils 9/11 programming slate

In addition to the previously announced Children of 9/11 airing on NBC, MSNBC will debut the documentary Day of Destruction - Decade of War, featuring Rachel Maddow (pictured), as well as a re-airing of 2005's On Native Soil, narrated by Kevin Costner and Hilary Swank.
August 19, 2011

NBCUniversal has unveiled the special programming it will be airing in the week of the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 terror attacks on America.

On the day of the 10th anniversary, the NBC network will broadcast America Remembers, a three-hour special airing from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. EST (5 a.m. to 8 a.m. PST).

It will include the official memorial ceremonies at Ground Zero, the Pentagon in Washington and Shanksville, PA, which was the site of the crash of United Airlines Flight 93. Brian Williams will anchor from Ground Zero, while David Gregory, Lester Holt and Tom Brokaw will also take part.

In addition to the previously announced Children of 9/11, produced by Darlow Smithson Productions and airing on September 5, NBC will air a two-hour Dateline special on September 9 at 9 p.m. EST, in which Tom Brokaw will revisit some of the more dramatic stories to emerge in the days and months following 9/11. The former anchor will also re-interview some of the individuals he first spoke to about the event 10 years ago.

Beginning on September 5, The Today Show will integrate 9/11 coverage into the program every day through the week, and on September 9 and 11,The NBC Nightly News will be broadcast from Ground Zero.

On MSNBC, a new documentary, Day of Destruction¬†– Decade of War, will air on September 1 at 9 p.m. EST and be repeated on September 9, 10 and 11. NBC News’ chief foreign correspondent Richard Engel and MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow (pictured) will examine the decade following the attacks. The special is produced by Peacock Productions.

On Native Soil, which originally aired in 2005, will be rebroadcast on MSNBC on September 10 at 3 p.m. EST and 9 p.m. EST on September 11. The doc, narrated by Kevin Costner and Hilary Swank, examines the 9/11 Commission report.

Another original MSNBC documentary, 9/11: In Our Own Words, will air on the evening of September 11, at 8 p.m. EST. The Peacock Productions special will feature NBC News anchors and correspondents recalling their personal memories of reporting on the day of the attacks.

Elsewhere, USA Network will air the Academy Award-winning doc short Twin Towers, produced in 2003 by producer Dick Wolf and Peter Jankowski.

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