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50 Years Later: TV Commemorates the Apollo Moon Landing

ALSO: First Man, Confessions From Space, Where's Waldo, Restaurant: Impossible, SNL, and more
  • Buzz Aldrin walks on the surface of the moon during the Apollo 11 mission. (Photo: Neil Armstrong/NASA)
    Buzz Aldrin walks on the surface of the moon during the Apollo 11 mission. (Photo: Neil Armstrong/NASA)

    Today marks the 50th anniversary of the Apollo moon landing. In tribute to that historic achievement, many of the day's programs relate to mankind's first walk on the moon. Here are the highlights.

    SPECIAL PRESENTATION: Leading today's anniversary programming is Apollo: The Forgotten Films. This Two hour special tells the story of the Apollo 11 mission using never-before-seen footage, archival material from NASA and The National Archives, and news reports from the time of the event. 8:00 PM ET on Discovery

    CABLE PREMIERE: HBO's big Saturday night movie premiere this week is First Man. Ryan Gosling reteams with La La Land director Damien Chazelle to tell the life story of Neil Armstrong and his journey to becoming the first man to walk on the moon. 8:00 PM ET on HBO

    SPECIAL PRESENTATION: Astronauts from the Apollo missions share their memories of the program in Confessions From Space: Apollo. Participants include Mike Collins, Charlie Duke, and Buzz Aldrin. 10:00 PM ET on Discovery

    SPECIAL PRESENTATION: Using high-quality footage from NASA, and a wide range of news broadcast materials from the era, BBC America's Moon Landing Live recreates the excitement of the moment as it happened. 9:00 PM ET on BBC America


    • Where's Waldo returns to TV in a new animated series premiering today. 10:00 AM ET on Universal Kids
    • Restaurant: Impossible returns for a another season as host Robert Irvine races to save a longtime Chicago eatery. 9:00 PM ET on Food Network
    • Say Yes to the Dress begins its new season with WWE legend Mick Foley helping a friend find a new dress after her first gown is ruined. 9:00 PM ET on TLC
    • Saturday Night Live repeats its January episode with host James McAvoy and musical guest Meek Mill. 11:35 PM ET on NBC

    Joe Reid is the senior writer at Primetimer and co-host of the This Had Oscar Buzz podcast. His work has appeared in Decider, NPR, HuffPost, The Atlantic, Slate, Polygon, Vanity Fair, Vulture, The A.V. Club and more.

    TOPICS: Moon Landing, BBC America, Discovery Channel, HBO