Ruth Negga in "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." on ABC.

A woman (Ruth Negga) may hold key the to a mystery on ABC's "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." (Justin Lubin / ABC / September 5, 2013)

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Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. As Coulson (Clark Gregg) and the agents travel to Asia to rescue a young man with a strange, dangerous power, an elusive woman (Ruth Negga) may hold the key to completing their mission. Chloe Bennet, Ming-Na Wen and Brett Dalton also star in this new episode. 8 p.m. ABC

The African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross Harvard scholar Henry Louis Gates Jr. traces the history of black America from the 16th century through the present day, in this new six-part series. The opener recalls the arrival of the first Africans, both free and enslaved, in North America and chronicles the rise of slavery. 8 p.m. KOCE

Pretty Little Liars This new episode of the teen drama helps launch the spinoff series "Ravenswood," which follows immediately. 8 and 9 p.m. ABC Family

Nick News With Linda Ellerbee This new episode focuses on lies that parents commonly tell their children. 8 p.m. Nickelodeon

The Mindy Project Mindy (Mindy Kaling) goes to an MMA fight with the guys, but she thinks they're going to MoMA. 9:30 p.m. Fox

Frontline The new episode "Hunting the Nightmare Bacteria" documents the growing threat of untreatable infections that spread in hospitals, communities and around the globe. 10 p.m. KOCE

Chasing Nashville Singers from the Appalachia region travel to Pikeville, Ky., for the annual "Hillbilly Days" singing competition in the premiere of this unscripted series. 10 p.m. Lifetime


Held Hostage This new special documents the incident that began in January, 2013, where Al Qaeda-linked terrorist gained control of a gas plant and took 800 workers hostage. 9 p.m. KOCE


CBS This Morning Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama of Tibet; John Grisham; Marc Ecko; Charles Kraughammer. (N) 7 a.m. KCBS

Today Warren Buffett and Howard G. Buffett; Julie Andrews; The Fray performs; Justin Long. (N) 7 a.m. KNBC