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America's Got Talent Mel B, Heidi Klum, Howie Mandel and Howard Stern are back for the competition's season premiere. Nick Cannon also returns as host. 8 p.m. NBC

Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader? The game show returns for a new season with host Jeff Foxworthy. 8 p.m. Fox

Extreme Weight Loss The season premiere features an appearance by Kobe Bryant, Steve Nash, Byron Scott and James Worthy. 9 p.m. ABC

Texas Rising Surrounded by the Mexican Army, Col. Fanin's (Rob Morrow) troops surrender to Santa Anna (Oliver Martinez), leading to another atrocity in the second episode of the miniseries. 9 p.m. History Channel

I Can Do That The Harlem Globetrotters, illusionists Penn & Teller and performance group AiRealistic appear in the premiere of this celebrity talent series. 10 p.m. NBC

Frontline The new episode “Obama...

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'Game of Thrones' recap: Jorah's reunion with Dany turns nasty

Determined to regain the trust of Daenerys Targaryen (Emilia Clarke), Ser Jorah Mormont (Iain Glen) braves the fighting pits of Meereen in “The Gift,” Episode 47 of HBO’s “Game of Thrones.”

Jorah, who was exiled by Dany for spying on behalf of rival House Lannister, arrives in Meereen after being attacked by diseased Stone Men, captured by slavers and sold at auction as an aging gladiator.

When he spots Dany, Jorah rushes into the arena and pummels the other fighters. Then he removes his helmet and presents her with a “gift” in the form of diminutive Tyrion Lannister (Peter Dinklage).

Much to Jorah’s dismay, Dany rejects this act of atonement.

“Get him out of my sight,” Dany exclaims.

At Castle Black, meanwhile, Night’s Watch Lord Commander Jon Snow (Kit Harington) begins a perilous journey with wildling warrior Tormund Giantsbane (Kristofer Hivju). They’re trekking beyond The Wall to make peace with the Free Folk clans.

Winter is coming, after all, and the Night’s Watch brothers must...

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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.

 

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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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