The line between real life and reel life has kept getting blurrier in this quasi-reboot of a drama that was one of Fox’s earliest flagship series, and it seems likely art will imitate life yet again in the Season 1 finale, “The Long Wait” — a title that refers to the show’s cast members waiting to hear whether the network is picking up their show for Season 2. As of this writing, Fox hasn’t shared its decision. Tori Spelling, Jennie Garth, Jason Priestley and Ian Ziering star.
When New York’s World Trade Center was attacked in the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, the teenage students at nearby Stuyvesant High School found themselves being evacuated from their classrooms and faced with a harrowing journey home that led through a danger zone choked by debris. Through a series of intimate interviews with those now-adult survivors, many of them from immigrant families, filmmaker Amy Schatz reveals what it felt like to be a young person near Ground Zero on that fateful day.
This new two-hour documentary takes viewers aboard Air Force One — as well as into cockpits, command centers and underground bunkers across the United States — to recapture the chaotic activity on one of the most terrifying days in American history. The film includes interviews with former President George W. Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney, as well as ex-chief of staff Andy Card and the pilot of Air Force One. What emerges is an account of that day as viewed by American leaders and members who were in the chain of command.
Dozens of films and documentaries have recalled the 9/11 terror attacks, but this new one-hour special examines an element of that tragic day that has received relatively scant attention. On the morning of Sept. 11, 2001, after the four terrorist attacks had happened, there were 500 planes in the air over the North Atlantic. Chillingly, no one knew whether any of those other planes had been hijacked by terrorists who were about to commit further acts of destruction, so official efforts began to — as the title suggests — control the skies.