‘Camp’:

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Movies scary and sweet have been set in sum­mer camps, but NBC’s “Camp” looks to be the first TV drama in one. The new 10-episode se­ries un­folds over a sum­mer.

As Macken­zie, the camp’s owner, Rachel Grif­fiths (“Six Feet Un­der,” “Broth­ers & Sis­ters”) has had a rough time of it, with her hus­band leav­ing for a younger woman, the camp need­ing re­pairs, and her teenage son ob­sess­ing over sex in the sin­gu­lar way teenage boys can.

“She has a fan­tas­tic, the-glass-is-full view of life,” Grif­fiths says. “And she is su­per­ca­pable but not al­ways mak­ing the right de­ci­sions, and she works from the gut.”

In the pilot, coun­selors are fil­ing in, the plumb­ing springs leaks, and a ri­val camp owner wants to buy her land. Macken­zie han­dles all far more grace­fully than most.

In­ci­den­tally, this isn’t one of those camps where only kids and teens roam un­washed. It’s a fam­ily camp, where fam­i­lies come for va­ca­tions, and coun­selors keep the chil­dren oc­cu­pied for chunks of the day.

The se­ries is in­tended to cap­ture those lazy days when the pres­sures of mun­dane life are for­got­ten. Though Macken­zie and the other char­ac­ters have their dra­mas, the story it­self is not too heavy.

“I think it very much kind of ex­ists within this sum­mer bub­ble, if you like,” Grif­fiths says. “It is kind of a hol­i­day from drama and dead bod­ies and psy­chi­cally in­tense other shows we like in the fall — like ‘Home­land,’ which I love.”

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