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Canadian air traffic controllers managed the landing of nearly 224 commercial airliners carrying 33,000 passengers

on Sept. 11, 2001. National Geographic tells their story at 10 p.m.

Life imitates art, which imitates a cheezy reboot. After completing the pilot, the gang awaits word from the network on the season finale of “BH90210” (8 p.m., Fox, TV-14).

This “cliffhanger” ending to a short (six episodes) summer season leaves viewers wondering if this is really the end, or if the network will pick things up.

Other short seasons ending tonight include “Bulletproof” (7 p.m., CW, TV-14); “Animal Babies: First Year on Earth” (7 p.m., PBS, TV-PG); “Magical Land of Oz” (9 p.m., PBS, TV-PG); “Snowfall” (9 p.m., FX, TV-MA) and “Marrying Millions” (9 p.m., Lifetime, TV-14).

  • Some need no reminding that 18 years ago today, there was no prime-time schedule. The nation and the world put entertainment on hold to try to make sense of terrorism and tragedy.

A few specials and retrospectives recall that day, including “9/11: Inside Air Force One” (8 p.m., History, TV-14), which includes interviews with President George W. Bush, who found himself far from the White House when word spread of planes being used as weapons.

Another special looks at events from a unique perspective. “9/11: Control the Skies” (10 p.m., National Geographic, TV-14) interviews Canadian air traffic controllers who were in the midst of just another Tuesday morning when word came that North American air space had been closed and that they would have to manage the landing of nearly 224 commercial airliners carrying 33,000 passengers at Canadian airports in the Maritime Provinces.

The fact that they did so, calmly, in less than four hours, speaks to their professionalism and level-headedness.

There’s something endearing about this team glancing back at their matter-of-fact heroics after so many years. None of them is overtly emotional. You can’t help but get a little misty when they describe doing their duty to bring some order out of the chaos.

Scripted movies recalling the day include “Flight 93” (8 p.m., CMT, TV-14) and “W.” (5:45 p.m., StarzEncore).

“In the Shadow of the Towers: Stuyvesant High on 9/11” (8 p.m., HBO, TV-14) offers interviews with young people, now in their mid-30s, who were attending a New York City high school close to the towers when the planes struck.

A period of 18 years offers some perspective on events that seemed so shocking and made one feel that life would never be the same.

Babies born on or around Sept. 11, 2001, probably have their driver’s license now. Popular culture tends to assimilate traumas into its mix. Eighteen years after Pearl Harbor, the series “The Twilight Zone” still mined wartime fears and Cold War jitters. Just 17 years after the assassination of President Kennedy, the “Who Shot J.R.?” episode of “Dallas” seemed clever to some and too soon to others.

Other highlights

  • Five move forward “America’s Got Talent” (7 p.m., NBC, TV-PG).
  • The top four compete on “MasterChef” (7 p.m., Fox, TV-14).
  • OneRepublic interviews talent on “Songland” (8 p.m., NBC, TV-PG).
  • The new series “NFL: The Grind” (8 p.m., Epix), hosted by Rich Eisen, recaps last weekend’s action and anticipates the next games. Look for Hall of Famers Joe Namath and Brett Favre to contribute in the first week.
  • A new partner wrinkles some “Suits” (8 p.m., USA, TV-14).
  • A tent city rocks City Hall on “Pearson” (9 p.m., USA, TV-14).

Cult choice

Anna Paquin stars as a rural doctor who takes a special interest in a boy and his mother in rural 1950s Scotland in the 2018 drama “Tell It to the Bees” (8 p.m., Showtime, TV-MA).

Series notes

Julie Chen Moonves hosts “Big Brother” (7 p.m., CBS, TV-PG) ... Beverly takes to the streets on “The Goldbergs” (7 p.m., ABC, r, TV-PG) ... Barry spills on “Schooled” (7:30 p.m., ABC, r, TV-PG).

Ray gets lost on “SEAL Team” (8 p.m., CBS, r, TV-14) ... Graduation day on “Modern Family” (8 p.m., ABC, r, TV-PG) ... Taye Diggs hosts “Hypnotize Me” (8 p.m., CW, TV-PG) ... Lance Bass guest-stars on “Single Parents” (8:30 p.m., ABC, r, TV-PG) ... A gunman at large on “S.W.A.T.” (9 p.m., CBS, r, TV-14) ... Jane Lynch hosts “Hollywood Game Night” (9 p.m., NBC, TV-14).

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