Born to lose

"The Contenders — 16 for '16" takes a look at memorable also-rans in the race to become president, starting with John McCain (2000 and 2008) and Shirley Chisholm (1972). Mitt Romney, Howard Dean and Michael Dukakis are featured in future episodes.

7 p.m., TPT, Ch. 2

The big gets

Ed Gordon, who has a knack for landing sought-after interviews, is the host of Bounce TV's first newsmagazine show. "Ed Gordon" promises to tackle controversial issues, often with a racial component. On the agenda: The fate of "The Birth of a Nation" director Nate Parker, whose Oscar chances dimmed after reports that he was charged (and acquitted) in a sexual assault case as a college student.

9 p.m., Bounce

Back to school

Education takes a front-row seat in the latest session of televised TED Talks. Sal Khan explains how he started his mighty online academy; author Julie Lythcott-Haims urges parents to stop worrying about getting their kids into high-pressure kindergarten classes, and actress Anna Deavere Smith talks about introducing new characters based on her research after Freddie Gray's death.

9 p.m., TPT, Ch. 2

Neal Justin