With the fifth anniversary of Katrina, TV kicks into overdrive this week as creator and keeper of shared memory. Even in this era of media fragmentation, television still plays a dominant cultural role in marking anniversaries and determining what we as a nation will remember or forget by what it leaves in and what it leaves out.

I have a preview of CNN's "New Orleans Rising" and an interview with Wendell Pierce, who appears in the documentary not as an actor but a community developer in his hometown, and you can read it here. The film airs at 8 p.m. Sunday, and I think it is superb.

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But there are a number of other productions that are worth your time as well, starting with Spike Lee's "If God Is Willing and Da Creek Don't Rise," which is epic in its intensity and sweep. Lee's follow-up to his maginificent 2006 documentary on Katrina, "When the Levees Broke," premieres Monday at 9 p.m. on HBO.

Here are some others to try and catch this week:

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