Remember to watch “If God is Willing and Da Creek Don’t Rise”: Spike Lee tonight on HBO……..Lee’s film, which airs at 8 p.m. Monday and Tuesday, also includes segments on some of the more than 100,000 Katrina evacuees who remain in Houston, including a woman who was able to find help for her autistic son in Houston that was unavailable to her in New Orleans.
Tonight at 9 p.m. EST on the National Geographic Channel, a two-hour special called Witness: Katrina covers the August 2005 disaster from ground level. It collects images and recordings not from TV reporters on assignment, but from Gulf residents in their homes — holding camcorders, or making phone calls, as the massive storm surge comes closer and closer.
NBC Nightly News anchor Brian Williams, who reported from New Orleans during the storm, hosts Hurricane Katrina: The First Five Days, for NBC Dateline at 6 p.m. Sunday. Williams also will host NBC Nightly News from New Orleans Thursday-Aug. 30 and will anchor Brian Williams Reports: A Return to New Orleans, Sept. 10 on MSNBC.
MSNBC hosts Rachel Maddow, Tamron Hall and Ed Schultz also will report from New Orleans, and Matt Lauer and Al Roker will host Today from the city on Friday.
PBS’ coverage of the anniversary includes a Frontline episode titled Law & Disorder at 8 p.m. Wednesday. The program, produced in cooperation with ProPublica and the New Orleans Times-Picayune, examines several instances in which police shot civilians in the days after the storm, including one case that resulted in the indictment of five officers by a federal grand jury.
Other programs will include:
ABC: Bob Woodruff reports Katrina: Where Things Stand, beginning Thursday on World News With Diane Sawyer. Other reports will air on Good Morning America, Nightline and This Week With Christiane Amanpour. Also, GMA anchor Robin Roberts will report from her hometown of Pass Christian, Miss., on efforts to rebuild the city.
CNN: The network’s coverage of the anniversary continues with a website at www.cnn.com/katrina, viewer contributions at its iReport site and two upcoming specials.
Soledad O’Brien hosts New Orleans Rising, at 7 p.m. Saturday, on actor Wendell Pierce’s efforts to restore his childhood neighborhood, Pontchartrain Park. Pierce, whose parents lived in the area before Katrina, formed a nonprofit community development corporation to help homeowners in the middle-class neighborhood. Music for the show was composed and performed by trumpeter Terence Blanchard.
On Aug. 28-29, Sanjay Gupta, M.D., hosted by CNN chef medical correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta, returns to Charity Hospital, where Gupta reported in the aftermath of Katrina on doctors and nurses who stayed with their patients at the flooded hospital. He also interviews the last doctor on duty at Charity Hospital, which never reopened after Katrina.
Fox News Channel: Jonathan Hunt, Trace Gallagher and New Orleans native Arthel Neville will report from the Gulf Coast beginning Thursday, with live reports and features on Studio B and The Fox Report with Shepard Smith. Smith, a native of Mississippi who reported from the area during Katrina, will participate in a panel discussion on the storm and its aftermath at the Newseum in Washington, D.C.
5 Year Anniversary Of Hurricane Katrina is on August 29, 2010.