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NBC’s Summer Series ‘Camp’ Cancelled

By | Tuesday October 1, 2013 @ 5:26pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

There will be no second season of NBC’s lower budget summer dramedy Camp. The news is not surprising given the low ratings for the series starring Rachel Griffiths as part of an All-Australian cast, which often fell under the 1 adults 18-49 demo rating. Camp, produced by Universal Studios and Berman-Braun and filmed in Australia, was part of a trend this year for more homegrown summer scripted series vs. straight imports. Two other freshman summer dramas developed and produced by U.S. studios, CBS’ Under The Dome and ABC’s Mistresses, both have been renewed for a second season.

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘MasterChef’ Hits Season Low But Fox Wins Night, ‘America’s Got Talent’ & ‘Big Brother’ Rise, ‘The Lookout’ Finale Up Big

By | Thursday September 5, 2013 @ 9:03am PDT

Things got very hot in the kitchen last night on MasterChef (2.0/6) as the last four contestants were sliced to the final two. Not sure if it was “The most. Explosive. Episode in history” as Gordon Ramsay’s voice-over promised, but for wannabe winners Luca Manfe and Natasha Crnjac it must have been a nail-biter as they head toward next week’s Season 4 finale. The two-hour MasterChef dropped 13 from its August 28 show, a season low for the fourth cycle’s two-hour block. Even so, Fox took the top spot in adults 18-49 on Wednesday with a 2.0/6 rating. That marks the 13th of the past 16 Wednesdays that Fox has won the demo with MasterChef this summer. On the viewership side, NBC was No. 1 with 6.519 million watching. NBC came in second in the key demo with a 1.6/5 rating, while CBS took No. 2 among viewers with 5.681 million. Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: Fox’s ‘MasterChef’ Wins Demo Race For 11th Time In 13 Weeks

By | Thursday August 22, 2013 @ 8:59am PDT

Fox’s MasterChef again took Wednesday night in the 18-49 and 18-34 demos among English-language broadcasters. Fox has ranked tops in 18-49 on 11 of the past 13 Wednesdays, since MasterChef debuted. But NBC won Wednesday in total viewers with America’s Got Talent. Versus same night last year, Talent originals are up 7% in total viewers — 9.2 million compared to 8.6 million last year — but down a tick in the demo year to year, which is typical of an aging competition series. Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RATE: ‘America’s Got Talent’, ‘Camp’ Drop, ‘Masterchef’ Inches Up

By | Thursday July 25, 2013 @ 8:57am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

After hitting a high note with its first live show Tuesday, NBC’s America’s Got Talent hit a low one with its first live result show last night — as in a season low. The 9-10 PM telecast drew a 2.3/7 in adults 18-49, down 21% from last week but even with the same episode last year. Subsequently, AGT‘s lead-out, summer dramedy Camp (1.1/3), fell 15% from last week. Meanwhile, Fox’s Masterchef (2.3/7) was up a tenth from last Wednesday and led Fox to a nightly win in the 18-49 demo as it only aired two hours of primetime programming, along with a Masterchef recap (1.2/4). NBC also had an AGT recap at 8 PM (1.6/5). CBS’ Big Brother (2.2/8) was flat. Still pretty good to see three broadcast programs post demo ratings over 2 on a summer night. ABC’s The Lookout (0.8/3) was even with last week following comedy repeats.

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RATINGS RAT RACE: ‘MasterChef’ Down, ‘Big Brother’ Up, ‘Camp’ Debuts Soft, ‘American Baking Competition’ Finale Even

By | Thursday July 11, 2013 @ 9:01am PDT

Having taken a week off for the 4th of July holiday, MasterChef (2.1/7) came back with its kitchen knives sharpened last night. There was a Mexican Freshness Challenge and a guest judge appearance by Eva Longoria joining Gordon Ramsay, Joe Bastianich and Graham Elliot as the show went head-to-head with America’s Got Talent in its second hour. The Fox cooking competition also saw its contestants trimmed down to the final 9 and its pull among adults 18-49 drop 13% from its June 26 show. However, Fox still won the night among the key demo as NBC took the top spot among overall viewers.

And NBC had a lot of talent on TV last night – by that I mean America’s Got Talent. First there was an AGT encore at 8 PM (1.3/5) and then the first Wednesday edition of this season ran at 9 PM (2.7/8). Up 4% from its July 2 show, not only was the original AGT the top rated and most watched (6.2 million) show of the night but it was NBC’s best result in the slot since November 28, 2012 when the network ran a two-hour Saturday Night Live Christmas special that got a 2.8 in the hour. After that, NBC debuted the Australian dramedy Camp (1.5/5) at 10PM. With a big drop off from it’s AGT lead-in in both the key demo and overall viewers (5.22 million), the soft kick-off … Read More »

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

By | Monday April 15, 2013 @ 3:02pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

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. Read More »

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CBS’ ‘Hostages’, NBC’ ‘Camp’ Add To Casts

By | Thursday February 28, 2013 @ 7:05am PST
Nellie Andreeva

James Naughton has been cast in Hostages, CBS‘ drama pilot from writer-director Jeffrey Nachmanoff, Jerry Bruckheimer TV and Warner Bros TV. Based on an Israeli format, the project centers on Ellen (Toni Collette), a successful surgeon who is selected to operate on the President of the United States (Naughton) and thrust into the middle of a political conspiracy when her family is taken hostage. Naughton, repped by Paradigm and Brookside Artist Management, is a theater veteran who has won Tonys for Chicago and City of Angels. He recently recurred on the CW’s Gossip Girl. Read More »

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Mary Elizabeth Ellis To Star In CBS’ Greg Garcia Pilot, ‘Camp’ & ‘Rage’ Add To Casts

By | Wednesday February 27, 2013 @ 1:30pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

Mary Elizabeth Ellis (It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia) is set to star opposite Will Arnett in CBS‘ untitled Greg Garcia multi-camera comedy pilot. The project, written and executive produced by Garcia, centers on Jack (Arnett), a recently divorced guy whose life gets more complicated when his parents have marital problems of their own. Their mother (Margo Martindale) moves in with Will, while their father moves in with Will’s sister Debbie (Ellis) and her husband. Perfect Couples alumna Ellis, repped by Evolution and CAA, recurred on New Girl. Read More »

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

By | Monday February 25, 2013 @ 2:30pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

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 who is hardly limited by his disability as he pushes and prods his hand-picked team to solve the most difficult cases. Sexton, repped by Greene & Associates, will play Gary, Ironside’s ex-partner. Once a hard-nosed detective, Gary blames himself for the shooting and falls apart after the incident, struggling to move on with his life.

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

By | Saturday February 23, 2013 @ 12:00pm PST
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, About A Boy follows the relationship between Will (David Walton), a bachelor man-child who is going through a revolving door of women, and the young boy who moves in next door with his kooky single mother, Fiona (Minnie Driver). Johnson, repped by Gersh and Generate, will play Laurie, the well-meaning but often overbearing wife of Will’s best friend and mother of 3 who is frustrated by Will’s childishness. She previously co-starred in another … Read More »

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Order For NBC Summer Series ‘Camp’ Reduced

By | Wednesday February 13, 2013 @ 3:59pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

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.

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NBC Orders Summer Camp Dramedy Series From ‘Deception’ Creator & BermanBraun

By | Sunday January 6, 2013 @ 10:00am PST
Nellie Andreeva

Ahead of the debut of NBC‘s midseason drama Deception tomorrow, the network has given a straight-to-series order to another hourlong project from the Deception team of creator/executive producer Liz Heldens and Gail Berman and Lloyd Braun’s production company BermanBraun. Created by Heldens and Deception co-executive producer Peter Elkoff, Camp has been picked up for 13 episodes to air in the summer. This will be Heldens and BermanBraun’s third series on NBC following medical drama Mercy, which Heldens also created, and Deception. Elkoff also worked with Heldens on Mercy.

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. “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. “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 it will be the ideal summer series for us.” Camp will be produced by Matchbox Pictures (The Slap) and BermanBraun. Heldens and Elkoff executive produce with Berman, Braun and Gene Stein. Production is scheduled to begin in Australia in March. Read More »

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