What to watch on Tuesday, September 24...
SERIES PREMIERE, 8pm, ABC
Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
In the wake of the Avengers’ climactic Manhattan fracas, the Strategic Homeland Intervention Enforcement and Logistics Division takes the offensive in protecting the world from unusual and extraordinary threats. The premiere finds a group of elite operatives assembling under the leadership of Agent Phil Coulson to track a deadly new metahuman.
SEASON 11 PREMIERE, 8pm, CBS
In “Whiskey Tango Foxtrot,” a black-tie gala in D.C. is rocked by an explosion, killing someone connected to the agency. As Gibbs and Parsons are forced to work together on the case, DiNozzo and McGee, bereft of badges, conduct their own investigation as civilians.
Holt assigns Jake to nab a graffiti vandal in “The Tagger.” The low-level case is a blow to the detective’s ego, until the perp’s identity reveals a new batch of problems. Elsewhere, Gina’s psychic friend calls on the station and probes Charles’ psyche.
SEASON 5 PREMIERE, 9pm, CBS
NCIS: Los Angeles
“Ascension” finds the team on the hunt for pilfered nukes, while a hospitalized Sam and Deeks battle back from the physically and psychologically scarring torture they endured. Though to be fair, it’s not like nobody warned them not to watch Dads.
SERIES PREMIERE, 9pm, ABC
A camera-toting youngster chronicles his family life in the 1980s. “The Circle of Driving” opens the series with 11-year-old Adam seeking romantic advice from his rapscallion grandpa while eldest brother Barry encounters disappointment on his 16th birthday.
SERIES PREMIERE, 9:30pm, ABC
A partygoer (Malin Akerman) trades in the nightlife for domestic bliss after marrying an older man (Bradley Whitford) with three kids and two previous wives. The opener finds her attempting to prove her maternal mettle by attending a parent-teacher meeting.
SERIES PREMIERE, 10pm, ABC
After years of playing the lottery as a team, seven gas station employees finally hit paydirt. Having all nurtured dreams of how the windfall could change their lives, will the group of friends find sudden fortune to be more complex than they expected?
SEASON 3 PREMIERE, 10pm, CBS
Person of Interest
The Machine, autonomous and on the lam, gets back into the number-dispensing game in “Liberty” by putting Reese and Shaw on the case of a Navy officer celebrating Fleet Week. Meanwhile, recently demoted Carter begins a campaign to annihilate HR, and Root probes for weaknesses at the asylum.
SEASON 2 PREMIERE, 10pm, NBC
An arsonist is carrying out a grudge against Severide, while Chief Boden tangles with a state consultant who may put Firehouse 51 on the chopping block. Elsewhere in “A Problem House,” Casey contemplates the anniversary of Andy’s death, Shay questions Severide’s paternity, and Mouch receives a visit from his Japanese squeeze.
Sons of Anarchy
Jax lines up a new ally for SAMCRO in “Poenitentia,” so apparently there are still people in Northern California willing to hitch their wagons to SAMCRO. In the joint, Clay takes steps to ensure his security.
SEASON 3 FINALE, 11pm, Showtime
Fiona is nonplussed by the course Austen chooses after his experience with Gina in “No Place Like Home.” Elsewhere, Kip reaches a decision about the divorce, and Putsy’s book takes the best-seller charts by storm.
– Howie Mandel, Jill Scott, and Bad Rabbits on The Arsenio Hall Show, Syndicated, check local listings
– Jane Lynch, Natasha Lyonne, and Mike Lawrence on Conan, 11pm, TBS
– Giovanni Ribisi on Chelsea Lately, 11pm, E!
– Tim Wise on Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell, 11pm, FXX
– Richard Dawkins on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, 11pm, Comedy Central
– Metallica on The Colbert Report, 11:30pm, Comedy Central
– Olivia Wilde, Adam Scott, and Cher Lloyd on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, 11:35pm, NBC
– Cher and Lizzy Caplan on Late Show with David Letterman, 11:35pm, CBS
– Justin Timberlake on Jimmy Kimmel Live, 11:35pm, ABC
– Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Stephen Merchant, and the Avett Brothers on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, 12:37am, NBC
– Ray Romano and NASCAR driver Carl Edwards on The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, 12:37am, CBS