HURRICANE RELIEF TELETHON
6:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 8
AETN (Comcast Ch. 3, Broadcast Ch. 2)
While it might have been easy to think, just a few weeks ago, that disaster was something that only happened to other people, far away from Arkansas, Hurricane Katrina showed that tragedy can be blown to your doorstep no matter where you live. Now, it’s time to step up. In cooperation with the governor’s office and the University of Central Arkansas, AETN presents this telethon for hurricane relief, with all proceeds going to the American Red Cross. UCA President Lu Hardin will co-host, along with AETN executive director Allen Weatherly. The list of entertainers scheduled to appear is still in flux as of this writing. Then again, who cares who’s going to be playing? Just get out your checkbook and tune in.
THAT FOUGHT BACK
8 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 11
(Comcast Ch. 53)
When passengers boarded Flight 93 for a routine cross-country flight on Sept. 11, 2001, they surely thought they were in for nothing more uncomfortable than cramped legroom. Less than two hours later, however, the country had been attacked by terrorists, and Flight 93 was down in a field outside Shanksville, Penn. All aboard were lost. Part fact, part speculation, and surely part propaganda, what happened aboard Flight 93 that day has since slipped into hazy legend, with the passengers heralded as heroes who saved the country from further destruction. Now, for the fourth anniversary of 9/11, filmmakers talk to experts, crash investigators, and the relatives of the dead to try and reconstruct what really happened on Flight 93 — and what could have happened if the passengers aboard hadn’t taken action.
8 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 13
(Comcast Ch. 53)
While this reporter has long said that for $125,000 a year, he’d put on a wetsuit every morning and unstop drains at the sewage treatment plant, there are some honest-to-goodness jobs in the world that are really that disgusting. What’s more, there are people who do those jobs for a lot less than $125,000 a year. Here, talking-head-turned-host Mike Rowe test drives some of the world’s most disgusting jobs, including roadkill collector, sewage system maintenance man, horse inseminator and pig farmer. Not for the weak of stomach — or for those just sitting down to dinner.