Anthony Robbins motivated about his new NBC show

Wed Jun 16, 2010 2:22am EDT
 
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By James Hibberd

LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - For three decades, personal-development coach Anthony Robbins has had a presence on TV via his late-night infomercials.

On July 27, he'll launch his first primetime series, "Breakthrough with Tony Robbins," on NBC, where the multi-millionaire author and speaker will use his techniques on people seeking to improve their lives.

Here, Robbins recounts how tossing a quadriplegic out of an airplane made NBC nervous.

A REALITY TV SHOW ON A MAJOR NETWORK IS A LONG-ODDS

BUSINESS, AND WHEN THINGS DON'T WORK OUT IT'S VERY PUBLIC. IF

THIS SHOW DOESN'T WORK, IS THAT GOING TO BOTHER YOU?

Robbins: It already has worked out because my outcomes for the show are simple. I knew it was a huge risk, but it was worth it because I wanted to do something that was different and unique and would inspire people. NBC sees it as a series, I see as six specials -- that's all I agreed to do. So I'm not committing to do this going forward, I'm committed to take on these six families' lives and transform them.

For example, a couple went to Mexico to get married. It's supposed to be the happiest day of their life, and they decided to jump in the swimming pool. They all jump in except the husband hits a step and becomes a quadriplegic. His wife is now his caretaker, she's changing his catheter every few hours. They used to be world travelers, they live in a little tiny house she can't leave the room for fear that if he falls over he'll stop breathing. She's in a place where she has no compelling future, family is not possible, intimacy is not possible, everything she dreamed of is gone. So she lives in a place of such anger and sadness, and her husband is a beautiful soul who now feels totally guilty because he's ruined their life.   Continued...