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Anne Meara, mother of actor Ben Stiller, dies at 85

Anne Meara, who rose to stardom with her husband, Jerry Stiller, portraying what People magazine called “anxiety comedy’s top couple,” died Saturday in New York City. She was 85.

Her death was confirmed by publicist Kelly Bush, who represents actor Ben Stiller, one of Meara’s two children. No further details were provided.

The standup act known as Stiller and Meara came to prominence in the 1960s, with the couple performing 36 times on “The Ed Sullivan Show.”

While they later collaborated on TV shows and commercials — most notably a series of funny spots for a white wine called Blue Nun, the two mostly followed separate professional paths.

Jerry Stiller became known for his TV work as George Costanza’s volatile father on “Seinfeld” and as the eccentric dad Arthur Spooner on the comedy “The King of Queens.” Meara received five Emmy nominations for her character roles on several TV shows, including her stint as Veronica, the cook on “Archie Bunker’s Place.” She performed in films and wrote...

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Monday's TV Highlights: 'Grace of Monaco' on Lifetime

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American Ninja Warrior The unscripted competition returns for a new season. 8 p.m. NBC

The Bachelorette Boxer Laila Ali trains the men to square off against one another, and Amy Schumer instructs them on standup comedy in this new episode. 9 p.m. ABC

Texas Rising Following the brutal defeat at the Alamo, the Texas Rangers, under Gen. Sam Houston's (Bill Paxton) command, battle for revenge against the forces of Gen. Santa Anna (Olivier Martinez) in this new miniseries. 9 p.m. History

The Island In this new unscripted series from Bear Grylls, 14 men are stranded on a deserted island and left to their own devices. 10 p.m. NBC

Guilty Pleasures In this new six-episode series, Bobby Flay, Alex Guarnaschelli, Robert Irvine, Rachael Ray and others reveal the their most decadent culinary indulgences. In the series...

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Join a chat with 'Silicon Valley's' Thomas Middleditch on Tuesday

Thomas Middleditch has made a name for himself playing the guy perpetually doomed not to achieve a billion-dollar payday in HBO's "Silicon Valley."

As Richard Hendricks in the Mike Judge satire of the tech world, Middleditch plays on stereotypes with the mousy, reclusive demeanor. Yeah, he's sort of a genius, but completely incompetent. He has a knack for vomiting when under pressure and bungles in his attempts at being taken seriously as he gets his startup off the ground.

In person, the Canadian actor is far less socially awkward. And he'll stop by the Los Angeles Times on Tuesday for a live-streaming chat at 2 p.m. PDT.

We'll also be taking your questions, which you can leave in the comments section here or tweet to us using the hashtag #askLATimes. See you Tuesday, and in the meantime, take a look at our other Emmy Contender conversations.

 

I tweet about TV (and other things) here: @villarrealy

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TV Picks: 'The Salinas Project,' 'Notary Publix,' 'The Other One'

"The Salinas Project" (KLCS, Sunday). Carolyn E. Brown's documentary focuses on four young Latinos, all children of immigrant agricultural workers, living in East Salinas, Calif., a community marked by poverty, gang violence and a combination of low wages and high rents that tends to crowd a lot of people into small spaces. There is a socially inspirational thrust to the film; this is less a picture of a problem than of individuals who have managed not to become part of it: to find an outlet, to finish high school -- most, maybe all, are the first in their families to do that -- and go on to college. Still, as a portrait of success, it's very much particular to this place; indeed, part of its value is that it sets you down somewhere you might not know or know only in passing -- I have often passed through Salinas without ever really meeting it -- and gives you a good look around. In some shots, whether by accident or design, the speaker is out of focus and the background in, but the effect...

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Mary-Kate, Ashley Olsen won't be on 'Fuller House'; Uncle Jesse 'heartbroken'

You don’t got it, dude.

It appears Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen will not be reprising their role as Michelle Tanner in Netflix’s “Fuller House,” according to the Hollywood Reporter.

The Hollywood Reporter cited a statement from executive producer Robert L. Boyett about the absence of the 28-year-old twins in the sequel to the popular sitcom "Full House."

“Although Ashley and Mary-Kate will not be a part of 'Fuller House,' I know how much 'Full House' has meant to them and they are still very much considered family," Boyett said in the statement cited by the entertainment trade publication.

The Olsens and Boyett could not be reached for additional comment.

Around 7 p.m., actor John Stamos posted on his verified Twitter account that he was "heartbroken." 

"I understand they're in a different place and I wish them the best. I promise you will not be dissapointed with our reunion and spin off!!" Stamos tweeted. 

About 8:30 p.m., Stamos posted a separate message to his verified Facebook page. 

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Saturday's TV Highlights: 'Kidnapped: The Hannah Anderson Story'

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Deion's Family Playbook On a new episode of the unscripted series, Deion gets to play Mr. Mom with the kids when Connie goes on a weekend trip with the girls. His first idea is boxing lessons for Shilo. 6 and 9 p.m. OWN

When Calls the Heart A visitor from back home prompts Elizabeth (Erin Krakow) to question her feelings for Jack (Daniel Lissing) in a new episode. Also, Abigail (Lori Loughlin) tries to help her daughter-in-law, while Bill (Jack Wagner) delves deeper into an undercover investigation. Pascale Hutton, Kavan Smith and Eva Bourne also star. 8 p.m. Hallmark

Orphan Black Paul's (Dylan Bruce) research turns up the ugly truth behind the Castor Boys' logbooks, while Felix (Jordan Gavaris), desperate to find Sarah (Tatiana Maslany), pressures Rachel (Maslany) for help. 9 p.m. BBC America

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