In this week’s round-up, new non-fiction series and documentaries are scheduled to premiere across DIY Network, Netflix, Animal Planet and NBC.
The film, which made its world premiere at SXSW in March, chronicles self-help guru Tony Robbins and the annual “Date with Destiny” seminar, in which 2,500 attendees take part in an intensive six-day conference designed to promote self-actualization.
The doc – which was produced by Netflix, Radical Media and Third Eye Motion Picture Company – provides unprecedented access to the production of the event and attendees’ stories, while also depicting Robbins as he mentally and physically prepares for each 12-hour session backstage and at his Florida home.
Elsewhere, Scripps Networks Interactive-owned Travel Channel will expand its programming slate with destination series Life’s A Beach.
The 7 x 30-minute series from Sharp Entertainment will explore island living by touring some of the world’s most exotic seaside destinations. The series will showcase the surf and sands of such islands as St. John, the Bahamas and Panama’s Bocas del Toro. The series, which is slated to air with back-to-back episodes on July 17 beginning at 11 p.m. EST/PST, will also feature stories and tips from individuals who left their lives behind to pursue a beach lifestyle.
The Heredia Pictures-made special documents the story of Grecia, a mutilated Costa Rican toucan that receives a prosthetic 3D-printed beak. The 40-minute film, which airs August 2 at 10 p.m. EST/PST, will also chronicle the work of Costa Rican activists attempting to enact animal welfare laws and implement lasting change.
The series follows actors Henry Winkler and William Shatner, NFL analyst and former Pittsburgh Steeler quarterback Terry Bradshaw and boxer-turned-entrepreneur George Foreman as they embark on a journey across Asia with no schedule or itinerary, and with only Jeff Dye, a young tech-savvy comedian, for help. Better Late Than Never is produced by Universal Television in association with Storyline Entertainment, Small World IFT and CJ E&M and launches on August 23 at 10 p.m. EST/PST.