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