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Will viewers bask in ‘Breakthrough’?

July 27, 2010

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If inspirational television teaches us anything, it’s that problems cannot be solved by attending a boot camp, engaging in skydiving or deeply felt hugs. The lesson continues with “Breakthrough with Tony Robbins” (7 p.m., NBC).

Over the course of six hourlong installments, Robbins, an acclaimed motivational speaker, will help folks confront and surmount their problems.

Shows that blend the maudlin and miraculous tend to be review-proof. This marks Robbins’ first TV series. He’s a rather remarkable combination of glib secular televangelist and professional wrestler. Call me old-fashioned, but I tend not to take life-altering advice from people with bulging neck muscles. And the man could use some new writers. Not to be picky, but if you downed a shot glass of something strong every time Robbins says “journey,” you’d be in serious need of a designated driver.

• For those who still think there are simply not enough cooking-competition shows, “Masterchef” (8 p.m., Fox) arrives to fill the void.

Unlike “Hell’s Kitchen” (7 p.m., Fox) and other shows, “Masterchef” has invited amateur home chefs to compete. But like “Hell” and too many other series domestic and imported, it features Gordon Ramsay. He’s joined by celebrity chefs Joe Bastianich, owner of a chain of Italian eateries, and Graham Elliott, a Chicago celebrity and the youngest chef ever to be awarded four stars.

Tonight’s other highlights

• A fall from a roof is not what it seems on “NCIS: Los Angeles” (8 p.m., CBS).

• The Opilio season ends with catastrophe on “Deadliest Catch” (8 p.m., Discovery).

• Material old and new on “Maroon 5 Live from the Beacon Theatre” (8 p.m., Fuse).

• Peter returns on “The Good Wife” (9 p.m., CBS).

• “Presumed Guilty” on “POV” (9 p.m., PBS, check local listings) looks at two victims of Mexico’s justice system.

• Tommy blacks out on “Rescue Me” (9 p.m., FX).

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