NBC Aims to Fill the Summer Months with Camp
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 while finding love and losing it. It certainly sounds like a scenario easily related to; who doesn’t remember those lazy days at summer camp? I myself spent a good eight years going to the same camp summer after summer and have very fond memories of the experience. But those memories won’t necessarily be the same as everyone else’s; a camp experience is very personal and everyone’s is different. Can Camp find a way to relate to everyone’s version of what summer camp is like or will it be a more general story?
NBC Entertainment president Jennifer Salke described what to expect as such: “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.”
I’m not entirely signed on to the idea of this show, but I am intrigued. As things get moving and we see some footage, get to meet some of the characters, I’ll hopefully be able to make a more informed decision on whether or not I think this is worth anyone’s time.