TV column for Friday, July 13


TONIGHT'S MIGHT-SEE:
“Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone,” 8 p.m., Syfy and USA.

Harry Potter seems
to be a perpetual force inside our TV sets. For years, the
Disney-owned networks had the rights; he was on ABC a little and
Freeform (with sprawling marathons) a lot.

Now Syfy has the
rights. It plans fewer commercials and more Harry-fan inserts, plus
some links with Universal Studios and syfy.com. The films, however,
remain the same. Tonight, we get the original and, at 11:05 p.m., its
first sequel (2002); both have the light, deft touch of director
Chris Columbus. They'll repeat at 7:30 and 10:52 a.m. Saturday,
followed by the other six, in a Potter-filled weekend.

TONIGHT'S MIGHT-SEE
II: “Whistleblower” debut, 8 p.m., CBS.

The new
“whistleblower” laws have offered a powerful tool for people who
find that their companies are misbehaving. Now this CBS News series
shows times when that made a difference.

The Kool Smiles
dental clinics were accused of billing Medicare for procedures (often
on children) that weren't needed ... and sometimes weren't performed;
the parent company settled with the U.S. for $23.9 million. And
Bristol-Myers Squibb was accused of paying kickbacks to doctors;
California agreed to a $30 million settlement. Both stories are
tentatively scheduled for the opeer of this summer series.

TONIGHT'S
ALTERNATIVE: Action movies, 8 p.m., cable.

The two comic-book
worlds collide tonight on sister networks. Marvel has “Captain
America: Civil War” (2016) on TNT; DC has “Batman v Superman”
(also 2016) on TBS.

There's more action,
from the little magicians in the Harry Potter films to mega-monsters
in “Jurassic World” (2015) on FX. At 8:05, HBO has “Dunkirk”
(2017), which – under director Chris Nolan – has great action,
but surprisingly little story.

Other choices
include:

“How It Ends”
and more, any time, Netflix. It's another crowded Friday for the
streaming service.That includes the debuts of this post-apocalyptic
movie, plus a stand-up special (Jim Jefferies), an animated series
(“The Epic Tales of Captain Underpants”) and even a baking
competition (“Sugar Rush”).

Murder marathon,
Reelz. To mark the creepy side of Friday the 13th, here
are three-hour strings of documentaries. The daytime one (10 a.m., 1
p.m. and 4 p.m. ET) has the “Hillside Strangler,” Jim Jones and
Ted Bundy. The evening one (7 and 10 p.m. ET) has a killer in
Plainfield, Wis. ... mysterious sleeping deaths in California and
beyond ... and teen killers in England.

“Quantico,” 8
p.m., ABC. Owen and McQuigg learn devastating news about family
members. For the team, nowhere – including home – is safe.
Everyone goes on high alert.

“The Resident,”
8 p.m., Fox. With three surgeries at the same time, the hospital's
staff is pushed to its limit. Also in this rerun, a rich contributor
arrives, ready to donate money to the oncology program of Dr. Lane
Hunter ... who is trying to discredit Nicolette's accusations about
the program.

“The Orville,” 9
p.m., Fox. This rerun finds the crew defeating the Krill, but then
facing a perilous assignment: Infiltrate the Krill ship and steal an
important document.

“Hawaii Five-0,”
9 p.m., CBS. Phillip Phillips, the “American Idol” winner, plays
a diamond smuggler in this rerun. He'll stop at nothing to find his
cotraband; now his partner's corpse has been stolen.

“Blue Bloods,”
10 p.m., CBS. This turns topical in two areas: Frank, the police
commissioner, faces fall-out when a rookie questions a pedestrian's
immigration status; also, Frank's granddaughter Nicky is sexually
harassed at her internship. Also in the rerun, his son Danny
considers a more lucrative job.

Operation Thai Cave
Rescue,” 10 p.m., Discovery Channel. This quick-turnaround special
looks at the rescue of the boys trapped for 18 days. It will rerun at
10 p.m. Saturday on the Science Channel.