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CBS to Air Updated ‘9/11’ Documentary

Aug 10, 2006  •  Post A Comment

CBS will run an updated version of the Emmy- and Peabody Award-winning documentary “9/11” on Sunday, Sept. 10, in commemoration of the fifth anniversary of the 2001 attacks.

The eyewitness account of the World Trade Center attack aired in spring 2002 and on the first anniversary of the tragedy, both times hosted by Oscar winner Robert De Niro. In the Sept. 10 airing, filmmakers Jules and Gedeon Naudet and James Hanlon will include new interviews with many of the firefighters who were featured in the original program. They’ll discuss how their lives, families and the world have changed in the five years since the attacks. Mr. De Niro will also be featured at the Ground Zero site as it appears now.

Despite recent rulings by the FCC that take a tough line on profanity, CBS will not edit the documentary. The broadcast will include both audio and visual warnings to viewers, as well as an introduction by Mr. De Niro alerting viewers to the content of the program.

The filmmakers were making a documentary about the New York Fire Department when the attacks occurred. Jules Naudet captured the only known video of the first plane striking the World Trade Center.

Over the next several hours, the brothers captured video at the World Trade Center site, including 75 minutes of footage from inside the North Tower.

CBS News’ Susan Zirinsky remains executive producer of the CBS broadcast, along with the Naudet brothers and Mr. Hanlon. The project was originally brought to CBS by Vanity Fair Editor Graydon Carter along with Reveille CEO Ben Silverman.

ABC plans to premiere its original four-hour miniseries “The Path to 9/11” on Sept. 10 and 11. The program is a dramatization of events leading to the attacks as laid out by the government’s bipartisan 9/11 Commission.