Highlights 8/29 to 9/4

While on a routine disturbance call, Lewis is shocked to encounter a rock star he once idolized, who was believed to have died years ago on Masterpiece Mystery! at 8 p.m. Sunday.

The History Detective at 8 p.m. Monday doesn’t recognize many of the characters in a box of cartoon drawings and cels, but together they tell an unexpected story about the early days of animation and the people behind the art.

Winged Migration at 9 p.m. Monday documents the flight of dozens of different birds as they follow their navigational instincts and make the taxing journey to more temperate climates in the fall.

Nova presents a comprehensive three-part, three-hour special – investigating explosive new discoveries that are transforming the picture of how we became human. The first program, “First Steps” at 7 p.m. Tuesday, explores fresh clues about our earliest ancestors in Africa, including the stunningly complete fossil nicknamed “Lucy’s Child.”

Frontline at 7 p.m. Tuesday takes a fresh look at how the New Orleans Police Department performed in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.

POV at 9 p.m. Tuesday features “Wo Ai Ni (I Love You) Mommy” which tells the story of Fang Sui Yong, an 8-year-old orphan, and the Sadowskys, the Long Island Jewish family that travels to China to adopt her.

Internationally renowned cellist Bion Tsang and pianist Anton Nels perform selections from their CD collaboration Brahms Cello Sonatas and Four Hungarian Dances on InContext Presents at 10:30 p.m. Tuesday.

American soprano Renee Fleming travels to Russia for a special visit to St. Petersburg with her friend and frequent co-star, Russianbaritone Dmitri Hvorostovsky on Great Performances at 7 p.m. Wednesday.

The Van Cliburn International Piano Competition at 8:30 p.m. Wednesday follows 20 year-old Nobuyuki Tsujii who is blind from birth, through the three weeks of grueling practice, rehearsal and performance during the competition, and is an inspiration to all people who face disabilities, hurdles or obstacles in life.

Singer/composer/bass prodigy Esperanza Spalding debuts on Austin City Limits at 10 p.m. Wednesday and 9 p.m. Friday with a mix of jazz, soul and Brazilian pop. Contemporary torch singer Madeleine Peyroux follows in support of her album Bare Bones.

Historian Douglas Brinkley discusses his career at 7 p.m. Thursday and 8:30 p.m. Friday on Texas Monthly Talks.

Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings burn up the stage with their modern take on classic soul and funk on Austin City Limits at 7 p.m. Saturday. Texas treasure Carolyn Wonderland follows with her incendiary blend of rock, blues and soul.