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NBC Cancels Summer Series ‘Camp’

1 October 2013 5:44 PM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

NBC isn’t into “Camp.” The broadcaster canceled the drama series created by Liz Heldens (“Friday Night Lights”) and Peter Elkoff (“Gossip Girl”) and starring Rachel Griffiths (“Brothers & Sisters,” “Six Feet Under”). Cast member Nikolai Nikolaeff broke the news on Twitter on Tuesday. Also read: A Paraplegic Viewer Reviews NBC’s ‘Ironside’: High Hopes Dashed “So… It was a great summer and I loved every minute of it,” he wrote. “Sorry to all the @NBCCamp fans out there but no go on #CampSeason2. #upsetting.” An individual with knowledge of the situation confirmed the decision. Griffiths starred as a divorced »

- Jethro Nededog

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NBC Axes Summer Dramedy Series ‘Camp’

1 October 2013 5:36 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

NBC won’t be going back to “Camp,” Variety has confirmed.

The Peacock has axed the summer camp dramedy created by Liz Heldens and Peter Elkoff after its first season pulled weak ratings throughout its run.

Camp” was ordered straight to series at the beginning of the year and opened to 5 million viewers in July. That number, however, quickly dipped into the mid-3 million live viewership range for the majority of the show’s stay on the net. DVR use bumped the live numbers up some, but the program’s viewership still remained modest.

The finale of the first season pulled 3.2 million viewers and aired on Sept. 11.

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- AJ Marechal

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NBC Cancels 'Camp' After One Season

1 October 2013 5:18 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

NBC will not be returning to summer Camp. The network has opted to cancel its low-cost international co-production after one season, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed. Co-star Nikolai Nikolaeff broke the news Tuesday via Twitter. "So… It was a great summer and I loved every minute of it. Sorry to all the @NBCCamp fans out there but no go on #CampSeason2," he wrote. Story: 3 Ways Broadcast Networks Will Try to Save Summer (Analysis) From Deception's Liz Heldens and Peter Elkoff, the Rachel Griffiths starrer depicted a summer camp for adults and their kids. It was in

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- Lesley Goldberg

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'Camp': Rachel Griffiths helps pitch a summer tent

10 July 2013 4:00 PM, PDT | Zap2It - From Inside the Box | See recent Zap2It - From Inside the Box news »

Movies scary and sweet have been set in summer camps, but NBC's "Camp" looks to be the first TV drama in one. The 10-episode series premieres tonight (July 10) and unfolds over a summer.

As Mackenzie, the camp's owner, Rachel Griffiths ("Six Feet Under," "Brothers & Sisters") has had a rough time of it, with her husband leaving for a younger woman, the camp needing repairs, and her teenage son obsessing over sex in the singular way teenage boys can.

"She has a fantastic, the-glass-is-full view of life," Griffiths tells Zap2it. "And she is supercapable but not always making the right decisions, and she works from the gut."

In the pilot, counselors are filing in, the plumbing springs leaks, and a rival camp owner wants to buy her land. Mackenzie handles all far more gracefully than most.

Incidentally, this isn't one of those camps where only kids and teens roam unwashed. »

- editorial@zap2it.com

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Review: “Camp”

8 July 2013 11:54 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

As scripted summer replacements go, the forecast for NBC’s “Camp” would best be described as cloudy, with a chance of “Meatballs.” Filmed in Australia, the summer-camp dramedy is filled with all the requisite clichés, yet the premiere stumbles onto some promising moments in its dual-generation plots involving the kids and camp owner/director, played by “Six Feet Under’s” Rachel Griffiths. The second hour, however, is a tiresome mess, and the characters aren’t consistently strong enough to make this show much more than a summer fling, distinguished more by its financing model than its been-around-the-lake situations.

Frankly, NBC Universal wins either a synergy prize or the left-hand-doesn’t-know-what-the-right’s-doing award, inasmuch as sister channel USA is premiering a reality show, “Summer Camp,” the same week. Then again, both follow ABC Family’s sweet little gem about a camp for overweight kids, “Huge,” which didn’t make the cut »

- Brian Lowry

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Aussie-shot series Camp set for Us debut

3 July 2013 5:37 PM, PDT | IF.com.au | See recent IF.com.au news »

When Camp premieres in the Us on NBC next Wednesday at 10pm, few if any viewers will know the series set in a Us summer camp was shot in Australia with an Aussie cast.

Just how many Americans tune in, and how they respond, will be fascinating to see.

Executives from the Australian networks who saw the pilot episode at the La Screenings say the show has a flawed premise and has little or no hope of drawing an audience, at least in Australia.

Created by Liz Heldens (Friday Night Lights) and Peter Elkoff (Gossip Girl), it stars Rachel Griffiths as Mack Granger, the newly-divorced camp director/owner who is looking for a fresh start.

Rodger Corser plays Aussie Roger Shepard (all the other characters are American) who owns an upscale camp across the lake. He offers to buy her out and a love-hate relationship ensues. In the pilot there »

- Don Groves

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Watch the 'Meatballs'-Like Trailer for NBC's 'Camp' (Video)

30 May 2013 6:02 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

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

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- Lesley Goldberg

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Welcome To NBC's Summer 'Camp'

30 May 2013 11:09 AM, PDT | Huffington Post | See recent Huffington Post news »

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" hails from Liz Heldens of “Friday Night Lights” fame and Peter Elkoff of “Deception."

"Camp" premieres Wednesday, July 10 at 10 p.m. Et on NBC.

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- Chris Harnick

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NBC Sets More Summer Premiere Dates

15 April 2013 3:43 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

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

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NBC Sets Summer Schedule

15 April 2013 3:08 PM, PDT | Huffington Post | See recent Huffington Post news »

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

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NBC Sets Summer Premiere Dates For Bear Grylls Reality Series & ‘American Ninja Warrior’, Scripted Series ‘Camp’ & ‘Save Me’

15 April 2013 3:02 PM, PDT | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

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

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Hamish Linklater To Co-Star In CBS’ Robin Williams Pilot, NBC’s ‘Camp’ Adds Regular

25 February 2013 7:30 PM, PST | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

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

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Rachel Griffiths to Star in NBC's 'Camp' Comedy

25 February 2013 4:03 PM, PST | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

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

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Rachel Griffiths To Topline NBC Summer Series ‘Camp’, Brent Sexton Joins ‘Ironside’

25 February 2013 2:30 PM, PST | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

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

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NBC’s Summer Series ‘Camp’ Finds Lead, Network’s Pilot ‘About A Boy’ Adds Actress

23 February 2013 12:00 PM, PST | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

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

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Order For NBC Summer Series ‘Camp’ Reduced

13 February 2013 3:59 PM, PST | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

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

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NBC Aims to Fill the Summer Months with Camp

7 January 2013 12:06 PM, PST | Boomtron | See recent Boomtron news »

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

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NBC picks up 'Camp' drama: 'Dazed and Confused' meets 'Meatballs' this summer

6 January 2013 11:37 AM, PST | Zap2It - From Inside the Box | See recent Zap2It - From Inside the Box news »

Sleep-away camp has been the setting for plenty of our favorite comedies -- from TV's "Salute Your Shorts" to movies like "Heavyweights" and "Meatballs." Now, NBC is tapping the well for a new summer drama, "Camp," which has been picked up for a 13-episode series to debut in summer 2013.

Tonally similar to the iconic film "Dazed and Confused," "Camp" takes place at the lakeside Little Hawk Family Camp -- yes, a sleepaway camp that parents bring their kids to. According to NBC's press release, the parents booze it up while teenagers "make gleeful mischief and fall in and out of love."

It's an hourlong drama, executive produced by Liz Heldens (NBC's upcoming "Deception," "Friday Night Lights") and Peter Elkoff ("Deception," "Gossip Girl"). Casting hasn't yet been announced, but production will begin in Australia in March.

NBC President of Entertainment Jennifer Salke says in a statement, "In our desire to make »

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NBC will go to 'Camp' this summer

6 January 2013 11:21 AM, PST | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

NBC has given a 13-episode order to "Camp," described as a "sly new drama series."   Created by Liz Heldens and Peter Elkoff of "Deception," "Camp" will begin production in March and will air on NBC this summer. In an odd twist, "Camp" will shoot in Australia, even though nothing seems to be Australian about the show. [The project also has no connection to "Camp Rock," the 2003 Todd Graff film "Camp" or underused actress Anna Camp.]   The network compares "Camp" to "Meatballs" -- We're there! -- and "Dazed and Confused," saying that it takes place at Little Hawk Family »

- Daniel Fienberg

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NBC Plans Trip to Summer Camp

6 January 2013 11:20 AM, PST | TVfanatic | See recent TVfanatic news »

NBC will be hoping viewers are in the mood for Camp this summer.

The network has ordered 13 episodes of a one-hour dramedy from BermanBraun, the production company behind Deception. It will center around Little Hawk Family Camp, where teenagers get into trouble and parents decompress with pints of gin.

“In our desire to make summer an exciting place at NBC along with our signature unscripted shows like America’s Got Talent, The Voice and American Ninja Warrior, we developed a scripted dramedy we love with BermanBraun that has rich and dysfunctional characters in that great setting where millions of families and young people go each summer: camp,” said NBC Entertainment president Jennifer Salke in a statement.

“Most of us have had great experiences at camp, and this show - created by two of our favorite producers, Liz Heldens and Peter Elkoff  - is sophisticated, funny, and emotional, and we think »

- matt@mediavine.com (Matt Richenthal)

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