Nat Geo Schedules bin Laden Marathon

Starts Monday at 7 p.m. with 'The Final Report: Osama bin Laden Dead or Alive'
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The National Geographic Channel said Monday it would devote
much of this week's primetime programming to shows about the hunt for bin
Laden and the 9/11 attacks that prompted it, calling it "a comprehensive
look at the FBI's most wanted terrorist."

That lineup starts Monday (May 2) at 7 p.m. with The
Final Report:  Osama Bin Laden Dead or Alive
, about his escape
from Tora Bora in 2001, followed by CIA
Confidential: Hunt for bin Laden
.  Other titles include Inside 9-11: War on America,
and Inside the Green Berets.

Each night will feature one or more bin Laden or
terrorism-related show, all of it library product, but with graphics and billboards
to tie it to this week's killing of the al-Qaeda leader, according to channel
spokesperson Russell Howard, who says there will also be some new voice-overs
and footage as well.

The special programming culminates with a marathon rerun of
all those shows on Saturday, starting at 2 p.m.

The channel is also pursuing new programming on bin Laden
based on the recent events, said Howard, which would be for the "near
future."

Bin Laden was killed in a U.S.
raid on his Pakistani compound May 1.

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