TV column for Saturday, June 16


TONIGHT'S MUST-SEE:
“Jurassic Park” (1993), 8-11 p.m., NBC.

Six days before the
fifth “Jurassic” film reaches theaters, we can savor the
original. It started with an idea by author Michael Crichton: Maybe
the DNA from a fossil could relaunch an extinct species.

Steven Spielberg --
who was then working with Crichton on “ER” -- jumped at the idea,
buying the book before it came out. On a tidy budget ($63 million),
he made a movie that was smart, yet filled with high-octane action.
It topped $400 million in domestic box-office and propelled a
multi-billion-dollar splurge, with sequels, videos, arcade games,
comics and cartoons.

TONIGHT'S MIGHT-SEE:
“Close Encounters of the Third Kind,” 5:30-8 p.m. ET, Turner
Classic Movies.

We might as well
make this a Spielberg double-feature. With this one preceding
“Jurassic Park.”

Both films remind us
that Spielberg always thinks visually ... and is willing to suspend
logic. Do you really need to roll a giant globe into the room to
check coordinates? Not really, but it's more visual. Would a guy who
said he “spared no expense” for his park then give the tech job
to the lowest bidder? Not really, but it helps a movie master create
another richly involving tale.

TODAY'S ALTERNATIVE:
Sports, all day, Fox and Fox Sports1.

For Fox's sports
coverage, this is the mega-month. There's World Cup soccer (albeit
without a U.S. team) through July 15, plus lots of baseball (with the
all-star game July 17), cars, golf and more.

The first Cup
weekend starts with games on FS1 at 6 a.m., noon and 3 p.m. ET. Fox
also has soccer (9 a.m. ET), then switches to golf's U.S. Open at 11.
Then is baseball – three games, varying by region – at 8, with a
preview at 7:30. Add some FS1 drag racing and you have a sports
marathon.

Other choices
include:

Animation, all day,
Freeform. It's a good day for families, with “The Hunchback of Note
Dame” (1996) at 2:40 p.m., “Ratatouille” (2007) at 4:45,
“Despicable Me” (2010) at 7:25, the splendid “Finding Nemo”
(2013) at 9:30 and “Gnomeo & Juliet” (2011) at midnight.

“Titanic”
(1997), 7-11:30 p.m., CMT. This gem leads a strong movie night. At
7:30, Comedy Central has the clever “Men in Black” (1997). At 8,
TNT has the “Hunger Games” finale (2015) and IFC has James Bond's
“Skyfall” (2012). At 9, AMC has Clint Eastwood's Oscar-winning
“Unforgiven” (1992).

“Ransom,” 8
p.m., CBS. This time, Eric's negotiations seem especially crucial:
The captain of a plane feels suicidal and threatens to crash –
killing Eric, his daughter and hundreds of other passengers.

“America's
Funniest Home Videos,” 8 p.m., ABC. You can tell this is a rerun
because it includes winter-themed blunders.

“Love at First
Dance,” 9-11 p.m., Hallmark. Hired to help a couple prepare for a
wedding dance, Hope (Becca Tobin) finds that she really likes the guy
and vice versa.

“Skin Tight,” 10
p.m., Oprah Winfrey Network. Weight-loss is just one step, this hour
tells us. A woman lost 140 pounds, a man lost 200, but both find the
excessive skin prevents a transformation.

“Saturday Night
Live,” 11:29 p.m., NBC. Charles Barkley hosts this rerun, with
Migos as music guest.