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:

Survivor San Juan Del Sur's dark cloud is lifted

John Rocker

In its third episode, Survivor San Juan Del Sur improved significantly as John Rocker faced off against an Amazing Race villain. But the Exile Island reward challenge remains a drag on the series.


Why Dick Donato left Big Brother 13

Dick Donato

The Big Brother villain known as "Evel Dick" has finally revealed why he left the show during its 13th season: he learned he was HIV positive.

Also: Dick claims he had no choice but to leave the game.

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