ABC makes plans for 9/11 mini

Auds to follow 'Path' on Sept. 10

ABC’s long-in-the-works, six-hour 9/11 miniseries will unspool over two nights, with its conclusion airing on the fifth anniversary of the terrorist attacks.

Part one of “The Path to 9/11” will air Sunday, Sept. 10, from 8-11 p.m.; the concluding three hours will air in the same slot on Monday, Sept. 11. Mini stars Harvey Keitel, Donnie Wahlberg and Patricia Heaton.

ABC’s project is the last of several high-profile 9/11 TV and movie projects that were put into development around the same time. A&E aired its “Flight 93” in January, while U released feature “United 93” this spring. Oliver Stone’s theatrical “World Trade Center” will be released in August.

Alphabet and NBC both announced plans for projects nearly two years ago, with NBC ultimately dropping out of the race (Daily Variety, Oct. 28, 2004).

As for the other nets, earlier this week, Fox said it would air season premieres of its animated comedies on Sept. 10. “Prison Break” and “Vanished” are set to air Sept. 11.

CBS and NBC haven’t yet announced primetime plans for the night of Sept. 11. It’s assumed most nets will devote extensive news coverage in the daytime — and possibly primetime — to the official commemorations of the fifth anniversary of the attacks.

With “Path to 9/11” in primetime on Sept. 11, ABC News won’t be able to have an extensive primetime presence on the night of the anniversary. It seems logical, however, that “Nightline” will devote itself to the attacks on that night.

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