NBC Sets Premiere Dates for Summer Series 'Save Me', 'Camp', 'American Ninja Warrior' & More

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April 15th, 2013


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‘Get Out Alive With Bear Grylls’ Premieres July 8 While ‘Camp’ Will Pitch Its Tent July 10

Competition Series ‘American Ninja Warrior’ Launches With Two-Hour Special July 1, and Comedy ‘Save Me’ premieres May 23

UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif. — April 15, 2013 — NBC has announced premiere dates for the high stakes adventure competition series “Get Out Alive With Bear Grylls,” and the highly anticipated summer dramedy “Camp,” while also setting debuts for “Save Me” and “American Ninja Warrior.”

“Get Out Alive With Bear Grylls” will make its debut Monday, July 8 (9-10 p.m. ET). The show is co-produced by Bear Grylls Ventures and Ben Silverman’s multimedia studio, Electus. Grylls, Silverman, Chris Grant, Laura Caraccioli and Doug McCallie serve as executive producers.

“Get Out Alive With Bear Grylls” is a larger-than-life adventure reality competition series. Grylls, a world-renowned survivalist, leads a non-stop extreme-survival journey that tests 10 teams of two beyond their wildest imaginations as they venture into the unforgiving and dramatic landscape of New Zealand’s South Island.

“Camp,” which stars Rachel Griffiths (“Six Feet Under”) as a divorced camp director looking for a fresh start, will launch Wednesday, July 10 (10-11 p.m. ET). The series explores the campers and counselors at Little Otter Family Camp, where summer memories are made.

Liz Heldens (“Friday Night Lights”) and Peter Elkoff (“Gossip Girl”) are the creators of “Camp.” They serve as executive producers with Gail Berman, Lloyd Braun and Gene Stein. The program is produced by Matchbox Pictures and BermanBraun.

Anne Heche stars in the comedy “Save Me,” which is set to debut Thursday, May 23 (8 and 8:30 p.m. ET) with two back-to-back episodes. Heche portrays a Midwestern mom and wife who undergoes a spiritual awakening after suffering a near-death experience.

From Sony Pictures Television and Original Film, “Save Me” was created by John Scott Shepherd, who executive produces with director Scott Winant (“Breaking Bad,” “True Blood”), Neal H. Moritz, Vivian Cannon and Alexa Junge.

On Monday, July 1 (8-10 p.m. ET), the summer favorite “American Ninja Warrior” returns to the NBC lineup with a two-hour special. The series, with hosts Matt Iseman and former NFL player Akbar Gbaja Biamila, will return to its regularly scheduled one-hour timeslot Monday, July 8 (8-9 p.m. ET). “American Ninja Warrior” also airs on NBCUniversal-owned Esquire Network.

The action-packed one-hour competition series follows contestants as they tackle the world’s most difficult obstacle courses across the country. Those that successfully complete a course in each city move on to the national finals round in Las Vegas, where they face a stunning four-stage course modeled after the famed Mt. Midoriyama in Japan.

“American Ninja Warrior” is executive-produced by A. Smith & Co. Productions’ founders Arthur Smith and Kent Weed (“Hell’s Kitchen,” “I Survived a Japanese Game Show,” “Pros vs. Joes”) along with Lake Paradise Entertainment’s Holly Wofford and Viki Cacciatore.

As previously announced, “America’s Got Talent” — last summer’s #1 series on ABC, CBS, NBC and Fox in adults 18-49 and total viewers — premieres its eighth season on Tuesday, June 4 (9-11 p.m. ET). For the first time, the program’s live episode will be aired from Radio City Music Hall in New York. “America’s Got Talent” begins its Wednesday run on July 10 (9-10 p.m. ET).

“America’s Got Talent” is produced by Simon Cowell’s Syco Television and FremantleMedia North America. Simon Cowell, Jason Raff, Sam Donnelly, Trish Kinane and Rob Wade are the executive producers.

  • Jonay

    Is save me gonna be the headline for the renew and cancel index tommarow???

  • David Howell

    I can’t wait for that just-about-in-season Save Me premiere hour. New record coming!

    What is it with this year’s midseason megaflops being cursed by their titles? Do No Harm did harm, Zero Hour was only not literal because ABC pulled it the moment it got a 1.0, and Save Me was a name inviting trouble for its network too.

    Seriously, how bad does a sitcom have to be to not get even a proper midseason replacement slot *on NBC*?

  • rob60990

    Poor Save Me is summer burnoff.

    At least Camp is getting a solid lead-in.

  • Tim

    Am I the only one looking forward to Save Me? I’m glad its finally got a premiere date, I need more TV shows to watch over the summer anyway!

  • Oliver

    Well, that’s where Save Me went! Burying it opposite TBBT. Ouch.

    It’s a hint that they’re keeping comedy on Thursday next season, at least.

  • The End

    Pity that Bear Grylls and Discovery had such a huge disagreement. He had a better future with Discovery, than with NBC. Discovery were willing to support his shows, had he lived lived up to his contractual obligations and done what was asked of him.

  • Freddy Arrow

    @David Howell

    “Seriously, how bad does a sitcom have to be to not get even a proper midseason replacement slot *on NBC*?”

    While I realize the NBC bashing gets a bit old, I really don’t have any faith in NBC’s ability to know which of their shows show be pushed/promoted. Last year Bent got a lot of positive reviews by the few people that watched it, but NBC’s scheduling of it pretty much guaranteed that it wouldn’t get much of an audience.

  • SJ

    I’m actually shocked that Save Me is even airing. I was sure it was going to be another Next Caller.

  • Oliver

    It’s very, very rare for a scripted series that completes its order to never air. The only recent example is The Singles Table on NBC in 2006-07.

    That said, Friend Me on CBS might not air. I wouldn’t be shocked if CBS end up burying it on Saturday in summer, though.

  • CrimTV

    REVOLUTION is pre-empted tonight due to the Bombings in Boston

  • Nick

    No Dracula date yet?

  • Oliver


    Dracula is supposedly targeted for fall.

  • Chicago Fire: SVU


    Everybody else says that Dracula was prepped for next season. And I guess we can assume that Crossbones will either premiere in late Summer or next season too.

  • igwell

    Oliver, I think NBC just has no better place to burn it off.

  • communitufan111

    Save me sounds stupid and dracula will air next year if it does at all. camp sounds stupid but will watch anyway…if this is what nbc is using trying to find their next hit….they r stupid parks and rec. community whitney and go on are the only shows they can use going forward….

  • Nick

    NBC FAILS AGAIN!!!!!!!!! Aargh. First off, idiots, you have America’s Got Talent and a few weeks of The Voice, right? Both big hits, and yet, you premiere NOTHING behind them! Even Camp has an hour of repeats between it and AGT most weeks! Can’t you do anything right??

  • r0ckmypants

    @commnitufan111 – “camp sounds stupid but will watch anyway…if this is what nbc is using trying to find their next hit….they r stupid ”

    Explain to me how this makes sense. You chastise NBC for not trying harder with their development, but admit you’ll be watching this “stupid” show anyway. Doesn’t that make you part of the problem? If you’re trying to send a message to the network that you won’t settle for crap, start by NOT watching the show.

  • boom

    Dracula is apparently one of the 2 top priority shows for Fall on NBC. I had a job interview there… they would not divulge the other show of the two! I would imagine it’s the MJF comedy, but that is just a personal guess.

  • HV

    Will the four episodes of Next Caller air at some point. Although it was canceled before airing, I am still excited to see it.
    Save Me is the one new NBC comedy I did not plan on watching this year. It will die.

  • Oliver


    I think it’s highly unlikely Next Caller will ever air. Perhaps if Trio was still around.

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