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Liam Neeson’s ‘Honest Thief’ in theaters, reality TV favorites ‘Bachelorettte,’ ‘Amazing Race,’ ‘Shark Tank’ return [Video]

Ammu Kannampilly has summarized. It’s also one that forces us to look at a healthcare system and how families are affected — financially, emotionally and otherwise — when a loved one faces a life-threatening illness. — Raechal Shewfelt” data-reactid=”27″>The latest Netflix docs follows baby Roona, from rural India, who was born with the rare condition hydrocephalus (also known as “water on the brain”) that caused her to have an enlarged head, three times its normal size. Her parents, desperate to help their daughter but not sure of what to do or how to pay for it, shared Roona’s story publicly to try to find the kind of medical help she needed. And, in some ways, it worked. Her story attracted international attention in 2013, and some doctors in her home country agreed to operate on her at no cost. We watch Roona and her parents as she undergoes brain surgery and they try to make her life as normal as possible. “It’s a story about, you know, two people — one of whom is barely an adult himself, he was 17 when she was born — and how they have raised a child against what many would consider insurmountable odds,” journalist Ammu Kannampilly has summarized. It’s also one that forces us to look at a healthcare system and how families are affected — financially, emotionally and otherwise — when a loved one faces a life-threatening illness. — Raechal Shewfelt

Taken to Cold Pursuit, Liam Neeson specializes in playing good guys who occasionally do bad things to even worse people. The actor’s latest action movie, Honest Thief, flips that script by casting him as bank robber Tom Carter, who makes the choice to go straight after falling for Kate Walsh’s Annie Sumpter. Before they can settle down together, though, he voluntarily turns himself over to the FBI as a way of coming clean about his criminal past. Unfortunately, he picks the wrong FBI agents (Jai Courtney and Anthony Ramos) to surrender to, and has to run for his life. Because this is Neeson we’re talking about, it isn’t long before he goes on the offensive with his very particular set of skills. Watch the exclusive clip above to see him channeling his Taken energy and promising to make all kinds of trouble for those who dare to cross him. — Ethan Alter” data-reactid=”38″>From Taken to Cold Pursuit, Liam Neeson specializes in playing good guys who occasionally do bad things to even worse people. The actor’s latest action movie, Honest Thief, flips that script by casting him as bank robber Tom Carter, who makes the choice to go straight after falling for Kate Walsh’s Annie Sumpter. Before they can settle down together, though, he voluntarily turns himself over to the FBI as a way of coming clean about his criminal past. Unfortunately, he picks the wrong FBI agents (Jai Courtney and Anthony Ramos) to surrender to, and has to run for his life. Because this is Neeson we’re talking about, it isn’t long before he goes on the offensive with his very particular set of skills. Watch the exclusive clip above to see him channeling his Taken energy and promising to make all kinds of trouble for those who dare to cross him. — Ethan Alter

Fandango for ticket and showtime information.” data-reactid=”39″>Honest Thief opens in theaters Friday, Oct. 16; check Fandango for ticket and showtime information.

Shark Tank will look a little bit different this year. While longtime sharks Mark Cuban, Kevin O’Leary, Barbara Corcoran, Lori Greiner, Robert Herjavec and Daymond John return — with their chairs spaced six feet apart — there are some fresh faces, too. This year’s guest sharks include former MLB star Alex Rodriguez, Toms founder Blake Mycoskie, jewelry designer Kendra Scott and KIND founder Daniel Lubetzky. The popular entrepreneurial-themed reality show moved production to Las Vegas for the first time amid the coronavirus pandemic where the cast and crew followed safety protocols in a quarantine bubble, according to Deadline. Expect Shark Tank to highlight the real impact COVID-19 has had on start-ups and small business. “Right now, people are going through really hard times. Really hard times,” Cuban says in the emotional trailer. “You guys are experiencing it, everybody’s experiencing it. And you’ve shown people you can fight through the worst of times.” — Taryn Ryder” data-reactid=”48″>Season 12 of Shark Tank will look a little bit different this year. While longtime sharks Mark Cuban, Kevin O’Leary, Barbara Corcoran, Lori Greiner, Robert Herjavec and Daymond John return — with their chairs spaced six feet apart — there are some fresh faces, too. This year’s guest sharks include former MLB star Alex Rodriguez, Toms founder Blake Mycoskie, jewelry designer Kendra Scott and KIND founder Daniel Lubetzky. The popular entrepreneurial-themed reality show moved production to Las Vegas for the first time amid the coronavirus pandemic where the cast and crew followed safety protocols in a quarantine bubble, according to Deadline. Expect Shark Tank to highlight the real impact COVID-19 has had on start-ups and small business. “Right now, people are going through really hard times. Really hard times,” Cuban says in the emotional trailer. “You guys are experiencing it, everybody’s experiencing it. And you’ve shown people you can fight through the worst of times.” — Taryn Ryder

including the franchise’s first transgender and non-binary characters. With bold storytelling choices like this, Discovery will continue to live long and prosper. — E.A.” data-reactid=”59″>For its third-year mission, the good ship Discovery is boldly going to another final frontier: the distant future. The Season 3 premiere plucks Michael Burnham (Sonequa Martin-Green) and the rest of the Disco crew from the Christopher Pike Enterprise era and drops them a thousand years forward in the Star Trek timeline, leapfrogging over the days of The Next Generation, Deep Space Nine, Voyager and Picard. You can bet that they’ll encounter all sorts of new enemies and allies in this brave new world, including the franchise’s first transgender and non-binary characters. With bold storytelling choices like this, Discovery will continue to live long and prosper. — E.A.

CBS All Access.” data-reactid=”60″>Star Trek: Discovery Season 3 premieres Thursday, Oct. 15 on CBS All Access.

not be airing, we can’t wait to catch up with the amazing Alvarez family. — Beth Greenfield” data-reactid=”87″>The reboot of Norman Lear’s 1970s sitcom — this time around focusing on a Cuban-American family — is pretty much a one-stop shop of relevant social issues when it comes to family TV. There’s immigration, depression, single parenting, alcoholism, teenage drug use, teenage sexuality, a lesbian daughter and her non-binary partner and more. Plus it’s wickedly smart, with a stellar cast (including Rita Moreno!) that deftly maneuvers you from belly laughs to serious crying, all in one tiny, fulfilling episode. After cancellation by Netflix and a rescue by Pop TV, it returns this week on CBS (Pop TV’s Viacom sibling) with a shortened season — six episodes shot on stage after the pandemic delayed production. And while a seventh, politically-focused animated episode will not be airing, we can’t wait to catch up with the amazing Alvarez family. — Beth Greenfield

found love early in the season and producers reportedly brought in Bachelor Nation star Tayshia Adams to replace her as the Bachelorette. There are even signs of suitor mutiny in the show’s latest promo. ABC, we’ve been waiting for this. We hope you’ll accept our rose Tuesday night. — Alexis Shaw” data-reactid=”90″>Chris Harrison says it every time, but could Season 16 really be the most dramatic season of The Bachelorette? Finding love — and filming — during the coronavirus pandemic alone seemed like enough of an obstacle. Meanwhile, rumors swirled that Clare Crawley found love early in the season and producers reportedly brought in Bachelor Nation star Tayshia Adams to replace her as the Bachelorette. There are even signs of suitor mutiny in the show’s latest promo. ABC, we’ve been waiting for this. We hope you’ll accept our rose Tuesday night. — Alexis Shaw

she said in a 2019 interview. Oh, what a beautiful sentiment. — E.A.” data-reactid=”104″>Sixty-five years after the blockbuster big-screen version of Rogers and Hammerstein’s Broadway favorite left moviegoers singing and dancing in the aisles, Oklahoma! is experiencing a renaissance. The musical played a memorable role in Charlie Kaufman’s recent cult hit, I’m Thinking of Ending Things, and was also featured in the first episode of HBO’s Emmy-lauded limited series, Watchmen. Performers like Hugh Jackman and Ali Stroker were also catapulted to success after whistling down those plains: Jackman’s star rose after appearing in an acclaimed 1998 West End production, while Stroker made history as the first Tony-winning actor in a wheelchair for the 2019 Broadway revival. Meanwhile, the 1955 film version is still available to stream and remains a high point for Golden Age musicals, with its gorgeous color palette and spirited production numbers. And you’d best believe that star Shirley Jones — who went on to headline the immortal 1970s series, The Partridge Family, opposite stepson David Cassidy — is still alive and kicking. “I love the part, and I love the show and I love the music,” she said in a 2019 interview. Oh, what a beautiful sentiment. — E.A.

Amazon and iTunes.” data-reactid=”105″>Oklahoma! is available to rent or purchase on Amazon and iTunes.

Apple Music.” data-reactid=”112″>Download/stream Andro on Apple Music.

Amazon.” data-reactid=”130″>What the Constitution Means to Me premieres Friday, Oct. 16 on Amazon.

Amazon.” data-reactid=”135″>Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls: 100 Immigrant Women Who Changed the World is available starting Tuesday, Oct. 13 on Amazon.

Amazon.” data-reactid=”143″>The Office: The Official Party Planning Guide to Planning Parties is available starting Tuesday, Oct. 13 at Amazon.

iTunes; and streams on Hulu starting Tuesday, Oct. 20.” data-reactid=”150″>Totally Under Control debuts Tuesday, Oct. 13 on VOD services including iTunes; and streams on Hulu starting Tuesday, Oct. 20.

Amazon.” data-reactid=”161″>Marvel United is available at Amazon.

AFI Fest website.” data-reactid=”166″>Buy tickets for virtual screenings and events at the official AFI Fest website.

Apple Music.” data-reactid=”170″>Download/stream Strange Days on Apple Music.