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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via press release:

NBC SETS DEBUT DATES FOR SUMMER SCHEDULE

‘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.

 
  • HV

    @Oliver
    You don’t think they will air it in the summer, say, after episodes of Save Me or even on a Friday or Saturday night?

  • Nick

    News alert! TV Line says Ben & Kate will finish its episodes on Saturdays at midnight.

  • Nick

    Never mind, I missed your article.

  • david

    I will check out Camp. and probably AGT too.

  • Dan

    NBC is definitely keeping comedy on THursdays next season, likely with Go On & Parks & Rec.

    The question is, will NBC air double Save Me from May 23 on or just for that Thursday?

  • Dan

    @Nick – Ben & Kate repeats will air April-May at midnights, and those repeats are from episodes that havent been rerun yet, but one is to assume that beginning May 25 new Ben & Kate episodes will begin airing once Goodwin Games finishes its run possibly July 8-22.

  • Samunto

    Camp getting a strong lead-in from AGT could mean good things.
    Save Me has virtually no chance of survival but let’s wait and see. Why couldn’t they air it at 9pm and into Hannibal?

  • Oliver

    @Samunto
    Presumably they expect The Office/Parks repeats (or whatever else they air in that slot) to get better ratings.

  • Alex J

    No word on Crossbones?
    Maybe it gets a good prime time slot in the fall.

  • DanaK

    Was “Save Me” the show where the showrunner died and they shut down after two episodes?

  • Dan

    @DanaK – No that’s CBS’s Friend Me which was scheduled as a midseason replacement and was said to have 7-8 episodes. CBS has still not scheduled the show and it may possibly be a summer burnoff.

  • Anthony

    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??

    Wrong. AGT is airing at 9pm on Wednesdays this summer, while Camp is airing at 10pm.

  • bjssp

    @David Howell:

    There were supposedly behind-the-scenes issues, replacing the EP after just a few episodes in, and perhaps that played a role in its delay.

    I’m curious to see if it’s quirky or just bad. NBC’s gotta make a name for itself with comedy somehow, and now that it’s got a great launching pad in The Voice, it could take a chance on something unique. If it’s reasonably good, that is.

  • bjssp

    @boom:

    You gotta tell us more information…

  • Ashton Butcher

    BYE BYE Cancel Me!

    At least we got a premiere date for AGT because I’m planning on watching this season with The Voice in June.

    I may get into Camp but not sure just yet at least it has a good lead-in but will it really do good in the ratings I hope so. It needs to get Parenthood type numbers I guess.

  • HV

    Please NBC air Next Caller, even if it is on Saturdays in the summer! I want to see the four episodes!

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