It’s been 18 years since the horrific events of September 11, 2001 and I can remember every moment of that day as if it just happened. It’s important to remember 9/11 because collective complacency, our need to avoid bad memories, breeds a culture where we leave ourselves exposed to something worse in the future. Do not let the deaths of 2,974 mothers, fathers, sons, and daughters be in vain. Sit and reflect today. Cry today. Rage today. Tell stories today. Let the memories wash over you today. Tell the people you love that you love them today. I hate today.
As has become the norm for all important dates of American history that involve blood and death, network TV ignores all mentions of September 11 tonight. But, you have some good options on HBO, CMT, and History channel.
Tomorrow will be better.
1st Choice: Bulletproof. “Arjana (Lashana Lynch) accuses Carmel (Caroline Goodall) of corruption as the full story about Ronald Pike Sr’s (Clarke Peters) shady past is uncovered. Ray (guest star Vinzenz Kiefer) manages to escape, prompting a deadly shootout, but who is his paymaster and why did he want Pike Sr. dead? Life will now never be the same, but Pike (Ashley Walters) and Bishop (Noel Clarke) know that together, they can combat anything.” The CW
2nd Choice: MasterChef. “The Top Four chefs travel to the historic Hatfield House in London, where they cook for both the judges and for British cooking royalty, Nigella Lawson. The chef-testants are given just 60 minutes to cook a finale-worthy venison dish. Then, with only 30 minutes remaining, the judges throw a surprise twist at the home cooks, forcing them to think quick on their feet.” Fox
3rd Choice: America’s Got Talent. “Only five of the previous night’s performers move on to the Finals. Viewers have one last chance to send their favorite performer to the next round by participating in the Dunkin’ Save.” NBC
1st Choice: In the Shadow of the Towers: Stuyvesant High. “When the Twin Towers were attacked on September 11, 2001, students had just started their day at Stuyvesant, the prestigious New York City specialized public high school, blocks from the World Trade Center. Directed and produced by seven-time Emmy®-winner Amy Schatz (HBO’s “Song of Parkland”, “The Number on Great-Grandpa’s Arm” and “An Apology to Elephants”), IN THE SHADOW OF THE TOWERS: STUYVESANT HIGH ON 9/11 offers a unique eyewitness perspective on that tragic day and its aftermath from former Stuyvesant students, when it debuts WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 11 (9:00–9:35 p.m. ET/PT), exclusively on HBO.” HBO
2nd Choice: Flight 93. “The story of heroism that arose from the Sept. 11 tragedy is remembered in a dramatization recalling how passengers aboard hijacked Flight 93 fought back against the terrorists.” CMT
3rd Choice: BH90210. Season Finale. “In the Season 1 finale, the cast celebrates the wrap of the pilot; and the looming news of a pick-up from FOX keeps them all on edge. Ian realizes his relationship with Anna might be a little too casual, Jennie thinks Wyatt might be in too deep, Tori gets frustrated with Nate, and Shay drops a major bombshell on Brian. Meanwhile, Jason and Camille come to a realization about their marriage, Gabrielle introduces her husband to Christine, and Shannen stresses over the future.” Fox
1st Choice: Flight 93. Continues on CMT.
2nd Choice: Psychic Kids. “In New Mexico, Mentors Ryan Michaels and Santana Deleon help a 15-year-old boy who is constantly being watched by a spirit in his mirror and can’t protect himself in his own house. Then, in Pennsylvania, they help an 11-year-old girl who is forced to leave her bedroom because of a dark presence.” A&E
3rd Choice: Snowfall. “Franklin walks a different path. Life in South Central begins to change forever.” FX