TV: ABC portrays Richard Pryor, the Daybell Children on 48 Hours
September 11: One Day in America (9 p.m., National Geographic) – The last night of Nat Geo’s four-night documentary series on 9/11, narrated in first person. The episodes are available to stream the next day on Hulu. (Learn more about the series in our Sunday article.)
Superstar: Richard Pryor (10 p.m., ABC) – “Superstar” portrays the legendary comedian Richard Pryor, whose groundbreaking work has influenced millions of people. The special uses material from the ABC News archives and explores Pryor’s complex years growing up in a brothel, how he found his way into the entertainment world and how he found his place breaking down barriers with his honest comedy which portrays the realities of black America. The special will also examine his issues with drugs, a near-death experience that left a deep mark on him, his diagnosis of multiple sclerosis and his lasting legacy after his death. In addition to an archival interview with Barbara Walters, the special has comments from friends, family and colleagues who knew him best. If you miss it tonight, it’s available the next day on Hulu.
48 HOURS: Secrets of Chad Daybell’s Backyard (10 p.m., CBS) –Chad Daybell and his wife Lori Vallow Daybell have been charged with the murder of Vallow’s two children, JJ Vallow and Tylee Ryan, and with burial of their bodies on Daybell’s property outside of Redburg, Idaho. Now, in their first TV interview together, Chad Daybell’s children – Mark, Garth and Seth Daybell, and Emma Murray and Leah Murphy – stand up for their father. They tell correspondent Jonathan Vigliotti that Daybell has been charged with the murders.
Turning Point: September 11 and the War on Terror (Netflix) – This 5-part documentary series, directed by Brian Knappenberger, answers the following questions: Who attacked the United States and why? What intelligence failures allowed this to happen? How did decisions made at the highest levels of three jurisdictions in the war on terror get us to this moment? The series also features a wide range of interviewees, including officials from several US presidential administrations, former CIA operatives and US military veterans, as well as Afghan National Army soldiers, Taliban commanders. , members of the Afghan government, Afghan warlords and Afghan civilians – many who had never spoken on camera before. It also highlights the voices of the survivors of the attacks themselves.
Future of Work (10 p.m., PBS NC) – This new series focuses on upheavals in the world of work: artificial intelligence, robotics, globalization and work practices; unemployment goes from the lowest in 50 years to the highest in a century thanks to COVID-19.
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