Camp: NBC Orders New Drama for Summer 2013

NBC ratingsThe peacock network hasn’t had great success airing scripted series over the summer months — Merlin, The Listener, Saving Hope, etc. — but they’re not giving up.

NBC has greenlighted Camp, a new dramatic TV series that will air next summer on the network. They’ve ordered 13 episodes which will go into production in Australia in March.

Here’s the press release:


New Show Depicts Family Life in Raucous Summer Camp

UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif. – January 6, 2013 – NBC has picked up the sly new drama series “Camp” for 13 episodes for broadcast in Summer 2013, it was announced today by Jennifer Salke, President, NBC Entertainment.

This summer, NBC invites you to camp. 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 drama, parents decompress with gin while teenagers make gleeful mischief and fall in and out of love. Little Hawk Family Camp – where mother nature and human nature collide.

Said Salke: “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. Most of us have had great experiences at camp, and this show — created by two of our favorite producers, Liz Heldens (creator of ‘Deception’) and Peter Elkoff (co-executive producer of ‘Deception’) — is sophisticated, funny, and emotional, and we think it will be the ideal summer series for us.”

The series will be produced by Matchbox Pictures (“The Slap”) and BermanBraun. Liz Heldens (NBC’s upcoming “Deception,” “Friday Night Lights”) and Peter Elkoff (“Deception,” “Gossip Girl”) are the executive producers and creators. Gail Berman, Lloyd Braun and Gene Stein (all three for “Deception”) also are executive producers.

Casting will be named at a later date. Production is scheduled to begin in Australia in March.

What do you think? Will you check out this new NBC series? Do you think the network should air more scripted shows during the summer or stick to reality series?

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  1. Meridith Pino says

    I really think they should have more scripted shows again. I hate all these reality tv shows! They’re very bad to listen to, and they’re bad for kids also. I wouldn’t want my kids watching reality crap shows. I’d rather have scripted shows that are good, and doesn’t only have people fighting and cursing constantly.

  2. Lisa says

    If they left the original little kids in the show would be better for there ratings as there are two little dolls that catches everyone’s eye on set and out. There going to be bigger then the stars that are cast. Just like the two Sophia and grace on Ellen .

    Tips. Use these two as your Pink Glamour Mini versions of Sophia and Grace as you know there are a hit here in America.


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