Day: August 26, 2021

Week’s top-10 for Aug. 30: country fun, 9/11 despair

1) “CMA Summer Jam,” 8-11 p.m. Thursday, ABC. For two summers, the Fan Fest was cancelled because of COVID. This year, however, the gap was filled by a two-day mega-concert in Nashville. Dierks Bentley sang at his club, Eric Church on a pedestrian bridge, Darius Rucker on a downtown stage and others at an amphitheater. That includes two Lukes (Bryan and Combs) plus Blake Shelton and Gwen Stefani (shown here), Carrie Underwood, Gwen Stefani, Mianda Lambert, Jimmie Allen, Mickey Guyton and Thomas Rhett. Read more…

9/11 films bring fresh waves of emotion

Looking back 20 years, to the waves of Sept. 11 tragedy, Joseph Pfeifer tries to focus on the positive.
This was a day (shown here) when his fellow firefighters did what they always do, he said. They rushed in, found people, saved lives. They did “ordinary things – but at an extraordinary time in history.”
Pfeifer, 65, retired three years ago as assistant chief of the New York City Fire Department. Now he appears often in “9/11: One Day in America,” which arrives Aug. 29-31 on the National Geographic Channel, ami a surge of 20th-anniversary documentaries.
“The moment the first plane crashed into the World Trade Center, my life changed forever,” Pfeifer told the Television Critics Association. Read more…

Best-bets for Aug. 28: Eden ends, football begins

1) Football, 1 p.m. ET, Fox. The college season kicks off with a fairly good match-up. Skipping the usual non-conference openers, the Big Ten season begins with Nebraska (shown here) at Illinois. Elsewhere, ESPN has Hawaii at UCLA, at 3:30 p.m. ET and the CBS Sports Network has two games. It’s Fresno State at Connecticut at 2 p.m. and Southern Utah at San Jose State at 10. Read more…