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NBC is hoping to capture a bit of the Meatballs and Wet Hot American Summer crowd this season. The network on Thursday released the first footage of its Rachel Griffiths original scripted dramedy, Camp. From Deception's Liz Heldens and Peter Elkoff, Camp is set at Little Otter Family Camp, where parents decompress with gin while teens make mischief and fall in and out of love. It's described as a wicked slice of lakeside heaven, where Mother Nature and human nature collide. Photos: 51 New and Returning Summer Series Griffiths stars as Mackenzie, the typically upbeat, relentlessly positive camp director whose golden
- Lesley Goldberg
NBC is going to "Camp" this summer.
"Six Feet Under" veteran Rachel Griffiths stars as Mackenzie Granger, the owner and director of Little Otter Family Camp. She's recently divorced and attempting to do things her own way to keep the cash-strapped camp afloat. There's love and drama -- and that's just with the adults. Wait until you meet the kids.
"Camp" premieres Wednesday, July 10 at 10 p.m. Et on NBC.
- Chris Harnick
The last couple weeks have been a bloodbath when it's come to television cancellations. Great women created shows like Ann Biderman's Southland on TNT didn't make it. Here are some of the women created shows that got canceled this season with a focus on the main networks. We hope to see more great work from these talented women on our television screens again soon. All cancellation information is from TV By The Numbers. NBC: Smash - Theresa Rebeck Deception - Liz Heldens Whitney - Whitney Cummings Up All Night - Emily Spivey Guys WIth Kids - Co-Creator Amy Ozols Fox: Ben and Kate - Dana Fox The CW: Emily Owens M.D. - Jennie Snyder CBS: Made in Jersey - Dana Calvo CSI: NY - Co-Creators Ann Donahue, Carol Mendelsohn ABC: Don't Trust the B--- in Apartment 23 - Nahnatchka Khan How to Live with Your Parents (For the Rest »
- Kerensa Cadenas
It's official: NBC has pulled the plug on "Deception." The midseason drama was having trouble finding an audience, despite the network's support of the ratings-troubled show and star Meagan Good, according to Deadline. "Deception," which revolved around the mysterious death of a wealthy socialite and its impact on a group of people, debuted January 7. "Deception" was typically beaten by the competition in its Monday 10 p.m. time slot. "Friday Night Lights" vet Liz Heldens created the show, which also starred Laz Alonso, Tate Donovan, Wes Brown, and Victor Garber. It was often compared to ABC's more successful "Revenge." NBC's full schedule will be announced on Sunday, although »
- HitFix Staff
NBC filled in some more of the slots on its summer sked Monday, announcing start dates and time periods for three new shows — including two scripted skeins — and one returnee.
On Monday from 8 to 10 p.m., a timeslot that has become a strength for NBC during the traditional television season with “The Voice,” the Peacock is pairing action-driven competition series: the new “Get Out Alive With Bear Grylls” and the returning “American Ninja Warrior.”
“Ninja Warrior,” the obstacle course reality series that also airs on NBCUniversal-owned Esquire Network, will have a two-hour launch, from 8 to 10 p.m., on July 1. The following week, it will air in its regular 8-9 p.m. hour, followed by “Get Out Alive,” which is skedded from 9 to 10.
“Get Out Alive With Bear Grylls” features world-renowned survivalist Grylls, who leads a non-stop extreme-survival journey that tests 10 teams of two as they venture into the landscape of New Zealand’s South Island. »
- Rick Kissell
NBC has announced its new summer 2013 schedule.
"Save Me," which was ordered to series in May 2012, will debut on Thursday, May 23 with two episodes, beginning at 8 p.m. Et. The series stars Heche as a woman who suffers a near-death experience and undergoes a spiritual awakening.
"Camp," which comes from from Liz Heldens ("Friday Night Lights") and Peter Elkoff ("Gossip Girl"), will premiere on Wednesday, July 10 at 10 p.m. Et. The series is set at Little Otter Family Camp and follows Rachel Griffiths as a divorced camp director who is in search of a fresh start.
In the reality category, "Get Out Alive With Bear Grylls" premieres on Monday, July 8 at 9 p.m. Et. The show features 10 teams of two surviving on New Zealand's South Island. Also, "American Ninja Warrior" returns with a two-hour special on Monday, July 1 at 8 p.m. Et. The show, which features contestants competing in obstacle courses, »
- Chris Harnick
NBC has firmed up its summer schedule, setting premiere dates and slots for four more series, unscripted Get Out Alive With Bear Grylls and American Ninja Warrior and scripted Camp and Save Me. As previously announced, America’s Got Talent returns for an eighth season on Tuesday, June 4. The veteran variety series will add Wednesday 9-10 Pm editions on July 10 when it will be followed by the premiere of Camp, a new summer lower-budget dramedy set at a summer camp, shot in Australia and featuring all-Australian cast. Airing in the Wednesday 10 Pm slot, it stars Rachel Griffiths and hails from creators Liz Heldens and Peter Elkoff, Matchbox Pictures and BermanBraun. Save Me has finally gotten a spot on the schedule, nearly a year after the Anne Heche-starring dark comedy received an early series pickup. Originally slated for midseason, Save Me will debut on the first night of off-season, Thursday, »
- NELLIE ANDREEVA
The New Adventures Of Old Christine alum Hamish Linklater is back at CBS with a co-starring role opposite Robin Williams and Sarah Michelle Gellar in David E. Kelley’s comedy pilot Crazy Ones. Written/exec produced by Kelley and directed/exec produced by Jason Winer, Crazy Ones is set in the world of advertising and stars Williams as Simon (Williams), the brilliant head of an ad agency working alongside his daughter Sydney (Gellar), the agency’s creative director. Linklater, repped by ICM Partners and Framework, plays Andrew, the ad agency’s art director. 20th TV is producing. Linklater recently did arcs on The Good Wife and The Big C. Aussie Tim Pocock (Wolverine) has been cast in NBC 10-episode summer series Camp, from creators Liz Heldens and Peter Elkoff, BermanBraun and Universal TV. In the tradition of Meatballs and Dazed And Confused, Little Hawk Family Camp is a wicked slice of lake-side heaven. »
- NELLIE ANDREEVA
Rachel Griffiths is going to "Camp" it up on NBC. The "Brothers & Sisters" actress will star in the network's upcoming series "Camp," from "Deception" duo Liz Heldens and Peter Elkoff. Also read: Lorne Michaels Comedy Pilot Lands at NBC The series, which is in the vein of cult comedies "Meatballs" and "Dazed and Confused," is set at Little Hawk Family Camp, where parents decompress with gin while teens take mischief and fall in and out of love. Griffiths will play Mackenzie, the camp's relentlessly upbeat director. Heldens and Elkoff are writing as well »
- Tim Kenneally
Brothers & Sisters and Six Feet Under alumna Rachel Griffiths is returning to series television as the lead of NBC 10-episode summer series Camp, from creators Liz Heldens and Peter Elkoff, BermanBraun and Universal TV. In the tradition of Meatballs and Dazed And Confused, Little Hawk Family Camp is a wicked slice of lake-side heaven. In the one-hour dramedy, parents decompress with gin while teenagers make gleeful mischief and fall in and out of love. Griffiths will play the camp’s director Mackenzie Greenfield, who is reeling from being left by her husband for a younger woman. Brent Sexton, who is coming off AMC’s The Killing, will co-star opposite Blair Underwood in NBC’s drama pilot Ironside. The reboot of the 1967 detective drama, from writer Mike Caleo and Universal TV, centers on Robert T. Ironside (Underwood), a tough, sexy and acerbic police detective relegated to a wheelchair after a shooting »
- NELLIE ANDREEVA
In his Us series debut, young Australian actor Tom Green has been cast as a lead in the NBC 10-episode summer series Camp, from creators Liz Heldens and Peter Elkoff, BermanBraun and Universal TV. In the tradition of Meatballs and Dazed And Confused, Little Hawk Family Camp is a wicked slice of lake-side heaven. In the one-hour dramedy, parents decompress with gin while teenagers make gleeful mischief and fall in and out of love. Green, repped by Wme, Luber Roklin & Australia’s Rgm, plays young male lead Kip, an adorable loner who likes indie rock and documentary films and hates people. In Australia, Green starred on drama series Dance Academy, which was carried in the Us by TeenNick. Anjelah N. Johnson has been cast in About A Boy, NBC‘s single-camera pilot based on the Nick Hornby book and the 2002 movie. Written by Jason Katims, and directed by Revolution’s Jon Favreau, »
- NELLIE ANDREEVA
The Jeff Probst Show‘s torch has been extinguished.
CBS TV Distribution announced Wednesday that they would not be bringing back the Survivor host’s daytime talker for a second season.
“We believe Jeff is an incredible talent, and that he and his dedicated producing team delivered quality episodes throughout the season,” the studio said in a statement. “Unfortunately, the audience isn’t there to support a second year.”
Related | Ratings: Survivor Premiere At All-Time Low
For his part, Probst admitted to being “super bummed” about the cancellation, yet “extremely proud” of his short-lived series.
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- Megan Masters
Exclusive: I hear NBC has trimmed the order for summer dramedy series Camp from 13 to 10 episodes. The project, from the Deception team of creator/executive producer Liz Heldens and Gail Berman and Lloyd Braun’s production company BermanBraun, was created by Heldens and Deception co-executive producer Peter Elkoff. In the tradition of Meatballs and Dazed And Confused, Little Hawk Family Camp is a wicked slice of lake-side heaven. In the one-hour dramedy, parents decompress with gin while teenagers make gleeful mischief and fall in and out of love. The decision was driven by scheduling needs as the project is still in pre-production. »
- NELLIE ANDREEVA
When it comes to Deception, all is not as it seems.
NBC’s new Monday drama last week introduced viewers to Joanna Locasto, a police detective who has gone undercover amidst the affluent Bowers family to glean the truth about black-sheep daughter Vivian’s death by “overdose.”
TVLine lobbed some burning questions at series creator Liz Heldens, as the mystery-sudser’s second hour arrives tonight at 10/9c.
Has The Killer’S True Motive Been Revealed? | In other words: Can this please not be TV’s umpteenth instance of “Someone got killed because they got wind of a tainted drug trial”? “Oh no, »
- Matt Webb Mitovich
"...when 'Vivian Bowers', a famous socialite, is found dead from an overdose, her best friend, 'Detective Joanna Locasto', begins to uncover the truth of what really happened..."
Click the images to enlarge and Sneak Peek "Deception"...
- M. Stevens
My Twitter feed was all abuzz about it, and I believe it was trending in the USA at one point, so, evidently, a lot of you watched it. I don't have the hard numbers yet, so I can't tell you how well it did in terms of viewership and ratings. But I should have them soon enough, and will post here once that happens. Reposting what I posted yesterday morning, given that it premiered last night... “I guess the way it all shook out, (the ethnicity of [Meagan] Good and [Laz] Alonso) is a way of sort of dealing with race without actually having to talk about it... But it’s not something we really talk about too much in the writers room…I just think it is sort of there. I’m not sure what we could put in the characters’ mouths that would speak louder than the fact of what you’re looking at on-screen. »
- Tambay A. Obenson
NBC has Deception in its midseason lineup, and it's a new thriller that centers around a female protagonist mixed up with a wealthy family. If that description reminds you of ABC's Revenge at all, you're not alone, and when the cast and creators came to the Winter TCA today, they had the opportunity to clarify how this show is different. Read on for that and what the stars, including Meagan Good and TV veterans Victor Garber and Tate Donovan, had to say about their new series. Executive producer Liz Heldens addressed the Revenge comparisons right away and said she wasn't taking a cue from the soapy drama. Rather, Heldens said that two of her favorite movies are Donnie Brasco and The Departed, so she was wondering whether an undercover cop show with a female protagonist would work. Specifically, she wondered, "Could Donnie Brasco and the movie Sabrina have a baby? »
- Shannon Vestal
Can’t get enough of soapy dramas such as Revenge? Then you’ll want to make sure to tune to NBC tonight for the series premiere of Deception.
At yesterday’s Television Critics Association panel with the show's cast and executive producers, we found five reasons to check out the new nail-biting drama...
Oodles of mystery: How long ca this type of show sustain its mystery? Creator Liz Heldens says "the plan that we've always had in our heads is to reveal to the people watching, to the audience, who the killer is. And Joanna [Meagan Good, playing a detective] will probably have a pretty good idea, and the second season is about proving it.”
It's Hitchcock – not Revenge – inspired: Said Producer Gail Berman: "Notorious a favorite movie of mine and so it all sort of fell into place based on the fact that what Liz [Heldens] was talking about and what I was thinking about in terms of Hitchcock. »
- email@example.com (Jim Halterman)
Coming soon to a TV near you is a series that will take a good look at what it’s like to spend your hot, sunny, work-free days at a summer camp. The series, an hour-long drama from Deception’s Liz Heldens and Peter Elkoff, is called Camp and already has its work cut out for it since NBC greenlit its 13-episode season to air during the summer months, a time that has proven very tough for scripted series on broadcast networks. Cable networks have found great success during the summer months, but they otherwise remain a slow time to air original programs.
NBC argues Camp is perfect for claiming the summer for itself. According to the Hollywood Reporter, Camp will be set at Little Hawk Family Camp, where parents seek to relax from their heavy work lives with alcohol in hand and the teenagers get up to know good »
- Brody Gibson
Most talk about NBC’s new nighttime soap Deception, which premieres tonight at 10, has centered on two things: the fact that its lead character is a black female (Det. Joanna Locasto, played by Caliornication‘s Meagan Good) and the show’s seeming amalgamation of rival-network dramas like Scandal and Revenge. But Deception‘s creator Liz Heldens says she wasn’t so much focused on any of that when she began to assemble the series — she was thinking about the movies. “Two of my favorite movies are [mob infiltration flicks] Donnie Brasco and The Departed,” Heldens told reporters at this week’s TCA Winter Press Tour. “And [...] »
- Lori Acken
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