Continuing its throw-it-against-the-wall-and-see-if-it-sticks programming, NBC debuts "Camp" (10 p.m. Wednesday, WPXI), a comedy-drama about life at a summer camp that would be more at home on ABC Family.
There's nothing new about this show, although to keep it from becoming a total teen-fest, the conceit is it's a family camp. So there are a other adults around to interact with camp owner/leader Mac (Rachel Griffiths, "Brothers & Sisters"), including a couple of gay dads and the owner of a rival, upscale camp on the other side of the lake.
But the focus is on the younger characters, both counselors-in-training and campers, although at first it's hard to tell who's a camper and who's a counselor at Little Otter Family Camp. (Generally speaking, the shirtless guys who look like Abercrombie & Fitch models are the counselors; there's even a joke about all the abs on display.)
City kid Kip (Thom Green) doesn't want to be at the camp ("They don't even have Internet!") but soon falls for another counselor. Mac's son, Buzz (Charles Grounds) wants to hang with the older kids. Counselor Robbie (Tim Pocock) has a longtime crush on a fellow counselor.
"Camp" is filmed in Australia -- near Murwillumbah, about 90 miles south of Brisbane -- and most of the cast is Australian, yet they all deliver convincing American accents. And the show looks like an American camp in just about every respect.
Created by Liz Heldens ("Friday Night Lights," "Mercy") and Peter Elkoff ("Deception," "Gossip Girl"), "Camp" has a sweetness that makes it a nice summer diversion but nothing that elevates it above past comedies set at sleepaway camp.