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 Quest ends its journey stronger than it began

Verlox from The Quest

A review of the finale of summer's best reality series, which wasn't always perfect but was thoroughly entertaining right down to the finish, which included phenomenal challenges and special effects. Will ABC give it a second season?

Plus: an interview with the actor who played Verlox and the ogre.


Shark Tank is getting a spin-off

Shark Tank

Companies that get deals on the show will be followed for this new spin-off.

Also: Before the show began, Shark Barbara Corcoran was cast and then replaced--but then she sent this amazing e-mail and won the job.

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