Rising: Rebuilding Ground Zero debuts tonight, telling the story of people involved

Tonight, the Discovery Channel debuts Rising: Rebuilding Ground Zero, a documentary executive produced by Steven Spielberg that tells the stories of people who are working to rebuild Ground Zero in New York City.

Discovery says the six-hour special–which airs from 8 to 11 p.m. tonight and next Thursday, Sept. 1, and is commercial-free thanks to a sponsorship by Chevrolet–“celebrates the grit, the drive and the audacious imagination of a wide array of builder, planner and dreamers bonded in grief but united in purpose” and “assembles a cast of real people facing the highest stakes in their professional lives — to meet their construction deadline and to do honor to the victims and their families.”

Here’s a clip from the documentary, which will re-air Sept. 11 on Science Channel:

The Sing-Off loses its star

Ben Folds

NBC's super-fun December a capella singing competition The Sing-Off is returning, but without its star judge, Ben Folds, and only as a two-hour special. Those are really depressing changes for a series that proved itself to be a super-fun show when it returned last December.


A film director talks about becoming a reality TV character

Anna Martemucci

What is it like to have your life turned into reality TV? Director Anna Martemucci, one of the two directors featured on Starz' exceptional reality series, talks about that, the competition, and her collaboration with her husband and brother-in-law.

Plus: How the show's producers tried to keep the $250,000 competition fair.

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