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.”