Coming Soon: “Not Your Guru,” “Better Late Than Never”

In this week's round-up, we look at non-fiction and unscripted projects coming to Travel Channel, Netflix, NBC and Animal Planet. (Pictured: Joe Berlinger's Tony Robbins: I Am Not Your Guru)
June 23, 2016

In this week’s round-up, new non-fiction series and documentaries are scheduled to premiere across DIY Network, Netflix, Animal Planet and NBC.

Streaming giant Netflix is preparing a global roll-out on July 15 of its latest feature-length doc Tony Robbins: I Am Not Your Guru (pictured) from acclaimed director Joe Berlinger.

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.

Meanwhile, Discovery Communications-owned Animal Planet will present the blue-chip documentary special Toucan Nation from award-winning filmmaker Paula Heredia.

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.

Finally, U.S. broadcaster NBC is scheduled to debut its new star-studded comedy event series Better Late Than Never.

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.

About The Author
Daniele Alcinii is a news reporter at realscreen, the leading international publisher of non-fiction film and television industry news and content. He joins the rs team with journalism experience following a stint out west with Sun Media in Edmonton's Capital Region, and communications work in Melbourne, Australia and Toronto. You can follow him on Twitter at @danielealcinii.