Friday TV: J.K. Rowling’s Other Hero Series

CBStrikeTom Burke stars as “C.B. Strike” (Cinemax, 10 p.m.), the grizzled private investigator featured in the detective books J.K. Rowling writes under the pen name Robert Galbraith. The new series also stars Holliday Grainger as his new assistant. Strike is a classic gruff, shambling detective, whose office hours are at the pubs and sleeps at the office; his father was a rock star and he lost a leg fighting in Afghanistan. In the first of two cases covered in the six-episode series, a model’s jump to her death is considered suspicious.

The latest comedy entry from truTV is “Rachel Dratch’s Late Night Snack” (truTV, 11:30 p.m.) in which the former “Saturday Night Live” star and frequent guest elsewhere, heads a collection of short skits and films.

The documentary “November 13” (Amazon, streaming) recounts the 2015 Paris terror attacks at a rock concert.

Also online, “All or Nothing: New Zealand All Blacks” (Amazon, streaming) follows the season of the rugby team.

Chris Pratt, Jeff Goldblum and Bryce Dallas Howard of “Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom” join Thandie Newton and Jake Shears as guests on “The Graham Norton Show” (BBC America, 11 p.m.).

Bernie Sanders, Charlamagne Tha God, Paul Begala, Natasha Bertrand and Bret Stephens are on a new “Real Time with Bill Maher” (HBO, 10 p.m.).

On “Life Sentence” (CW, 9 p.m.), Stella helps plan a hospital event.

Deion Sanders dresses up as an old man on “Undercover Boss: Celebrity Edition” (CBS, 8 p.m.).

“Ancient Aliens” (History, 9 p.m.) looks into Area 51.

Winter is closing in on “Bering Sea Gold” (Discovery, 9 p.m.).

“Phenoms” (Fox, 9 p.m.) looks at soccer’s rising goalkeepers.

“The Dead Files” (Travel, 9 p.m.) goes to Deadwood, S.D.

A shadow government may be working against the scientist on “The Tesla Files” (History, 10 p.m.).

Turner Classic Movies has matadors tonight in “Blood and Sand” (8 p.m.), “The Brave Bulls” (10:15 p.m.), “Fiesta” (12:15 a.m.), “Private Parts” (2:15 a.m.),

Baseball includes Boston at Houston (MLB, 8 p.m.).

WNBA action has Phoenix at Minnesota (ESPN2, 8 p.m.).

Third round play begins in the French Open (Tennis, 5 a.m.).

Golf’s U.S. Women’s Open (Fox Sports 1, 3 p.m.) begins second round play.

The college softball world series has Oregon vs. Washington (ESPN, 7 p.m.) and Florida vs. UCLA (ESPN, 9:30 p.m.).

NCAA tournament regionals in college baseball include Oklahoma at Mississippi State (ESPNU, noon), Ohio State vs. South Carolina (ESPN2, 2 p.m.), San Diego State vs. LSU (ESPNU, 4 p.m.), Texas A&M vs. Indiana (ESPN2, 5 p.m.), Samford at Florida State (ESPNU, 7 p.m.), Wright State at Stanford (ESPN2, 10 p.m.) and Northwestern State at Oregon State (ESPNU, 10 p.m.).

Daytime Talk

Kelly Ripa and Ryan Seacrest: Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Billy Porter. The Talk: San Claflin, Shailene Woodley, Darin Brooks, Chi-Lan Lieu. Harry Connick: Adrian Grenier (rerun). Steve Harvey: Steve Martorano, Ali Fedotowsky, Julissa Bermudez, Garcelle Beauvais (rerun). Ellen DeGeneres: U2, Cardi B, Demi Lovato. Wendy Williams: Joy Behar, Cirque du Soleil. The Real: Retta.

Late Talk

Stephen Colbert: Dana Carvey, Simon Pegg (rerun). Jimmy Fallon: Julie Bowen, Justin Hartley, Dov Davidoff (rerun). Seth Meyers: Keith Urban, Stephanie Beatriz, Carter McLean (rerun). James Corden: Hilary Swank, Zach Woods, Shawn Mendes (rerun). Carson Daly: Cast of “Super Troopers 2,” Marlon Williams, Anna Akana (rerun).

 

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