Extra! Extra! A group of fictional campers and counselors has just met an early demise! This time though, the culprit is not Jason Voorhees. After a season's worth of decidedly mediocre ratings, NBC has put the kibosh on its summer series 'Camp.'
Starring Rachel Griffiths ('Brothers & Sisters') as the head of the titular summer institution, the 10 episode dramedy focused on the wild antics of the campers and counselors at the hilariously named "Little Otter Family Camp." Despite being produced by an American studio for American television, the series was filmed in Australia, and Griffiths' (who most people probably don't realize is from the land down under herself) supporting cast was made up entirely of Australian actors and actresses.
All told, the show was produced very cheaply, and NBC really didn't lose much on the deal in the end. 'Camp' was one of several new scripted summer series produced by and for American broadcast networks in 2013. This bucks the trend in recent years for America to import its summer programming from other countries, mostly Canada. For example, ABC's 'Rookie Blue' and 'Motive' are both imports from the land of moose and hockey.
Two other original American summer series, 'Under the Dome' and 'Mistresses,' did well enough to earn second seasons from CBS and ABC respectively. Maybe the Peacock's next original seasonal endeavor will fare better.