Having a ball

Each day this month, TCM spotlights a different star with offerings that go deeper than their Wikipedia entries. Take Lucille Ball. She's best known for a certain sitcom, but her earlier work suggests a broader range than she exhibited on her groundbreaking TV series. Perhaps the best example is 1946's "The Dark Corner," a Henry Hathaway thriller in which Ball plays a secretary with more on her mind than stomping grapes.

7 p.m. TCM

Believe it oar not

Those who haven't read "The Boys in the Boat" can at least get their feet wet with "The Boys of '36," an abbreviated but riveting narration of the University of Washington's shocking gold-medal win at the 1936 Olympics in Berlin. The ragtag team of rowers will give you new appreciation for their sport and underdogs of every nationality.

8 p.m. TPT, Ch. 2

Camping with the stars

Following a memorable trek with Barack Obama last season, "Running Wild With Bear Grylls" seems to be more committed to camping trips with those closer in age to the president's daughters. Nick Jonas proved he had graduated from pretty-boy status in Monday's version of roughing it, but Julianne Hough is a more engaging hiking partner in Tuesday's installment, if only because of her amusing gag reflexes every time her guide offers up an elephant-dung shake in the middle of the South African bush. This may not influence your next summer vacation, but it may have you re-evaluating "Rock of Ages."

9 p.m. KARE, Ch. 11

Neal Justin