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9-11 will get full plate of coverage

Television won't look the same in the next couple of days, as entertainment gives way to remembrance.

The networks and cable channels are providing continuous coverage on the anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks Ñ even more hours than on the day itself.

Tonight

Top choice: 'Report From Ground Zero,' 9 p.m., KATU (2)

This two-hour ABC special is based on the best-selling book by New York firefighter Dennis Smith. It features gripping accounts from firefighters, police officers, survivors and family members of victims. Hearing about the harrowing rescue attempts Ñ successful and failed Ñ only prove that a year's time hasn't begun to erase our feelings from that day.

• 'Dateline NBC,' 9:30 p.m., KGW (8)

A 90-minute NBC special hosted by Tom Brokaw examining how Osama bin Laden built his network of terror.

• 'America Rebuilds,' 10 p.m., KOPB (10)

The PBS special focuses on the challenge of clearing ground zero and what should be constructed there.

Wednesday afternoon

Top choice: KOIN (6) will pre-empt regularly scheduled programming for more network coverage.

• KATU (2) will show a special edition of 'AM Northwest' at2 p.m.

Wednesday night

Top choice: NBC's 'Concert for America,' 9 p.m., KGW

From the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., the concert honors the victims and heroes of Sept. 11 through words and music. Featuring Placido Domingo, Aretha Franklin, Rudolph Giuliani, James Earl Jones, Chris Isaak, Al Green and Enrique Iglesias.

• '9/11,' 7 p.m. to 11 p.m., KATU

ABC's minute-by-minute account of the events of Sept. 11, along with an in-depth report on national security.

• '60 Minutes,' 8 p.m., KOIN

An interview with President Bush retracing his steps on Sept. 11. Scott Pelley serves up the questions aboard Air Force One and in the Oval Office.

• '9/11,' 9 p.m., KOIN

A repeat of the CBS documentary, originally aired in May, including exclusive video from inside the World Trade Center.

• 'Faith and Doubt at Ground Zero,' 8 p.m., KOPB

A repeat of PBS documentary examining how religion entered into the events leading up to the terror attacks.

• 'Faces of 9.11,' 8 p.m. to 11 p.m., Discovery Channel (7)

A three-part special on portraits of victims and their families, and rebuilding ground zero.

Pete Schulberg is the host of 'Portland's Morning News' on KPAM (860 AM). Contact him at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .