News Briefs: NBC Sets More Summer Premiere Dates, Including the Burn-off for Save Me

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SUMMER SCHEDULING

... NBC has added more dates to its summer schedule, and here they are!

Thursday, May 23 at 8pm

Save Me – In this comedy, Anne Heche plays a suburban mom who has a spiritual awakening after a near-death experience. The show was originally ordered for NBC's fall 2012 lineup, but it sounds like NBC hated it and is now burning it off in the summer.

Monday, July 1 at 8pm

American Ninja Warrior – Strong dudes chin-up their way through a wicked obstacle course in this returning summer show. It will premiere with a two-hour episode before dropping down to an hour the following week.

Monday, July 8 at 9pm

Get Out Alive With Bear Grylls – The survivalist takes 10 teams of two to the primitive turf of New Zealand. Make it out alive, and you win! Don't, and you die! 

Wednesday, July 10 at 10pm

Camp – The dramedy stars Rachel Griffiths as a recently divorced camp director who runs a summer stopover for kids. In the vein of Meatballs, Camp will follow the lives of the counselors, kids, and staff through summer romances, poison ivy breakouts, and the inevitable Olympiad against the fat camp across the lake!


BUSINESS TIME

... Starz had a good weekend with the series finale of Spartacus and the series premiere of Da Vinci's Demons. The latter can now claim the title of the most-watched series premiere in Starz's young history, with a combined viewership of 2.14 million viewers over multiple airings topping the 2.09 million who tuned in to Camelot. [Deadline Hollywood]

... The brand-new television home for men, the Esquire Network, was supposed to debut next week. But like a typical man, it's going to be late. The re-branded G4 network has pushed its premiere back to this summer in order to stockpile its schedule with more original programming. It currently has cooking show Knife Fight, travel series The Getaway, style guide How I Rock It, second travel series American Field Trip, and the reality fitness competition American Ninja Warrior prepped for launch. [Variety]

... Zach Galifianakis is teaming up with Comedy Central for a new "dramatic comedy" show centered on comedian Brody Stevens. Brody Stevens: Enjoy It! will follow the troubled comedian as he recovers from a very public and scary mental breakdown. The project originated at HBO Digital, where it became a six-part web series (and a fascinating one at that, highly recommended!). Those 15-minute episodes will be included in the Comedy Central series and expanded to 30 minutes, as will six all-new episodes. No premiere date has been announced. [Deadline Hollywood

... Disney has renewed Crash & Bernstein for a second season! I just read what this show is about: a kid and his surrogate brother become friends. And the surrogate brother is a puppet. See, this is how you create success, NBC. [Disney via press release]

CASTING NEWS

... Showtime's Californication continues to beef up its cast for Season 7, adding Heather Graham (Boogie Nights) and Mary Lynn Rajskub (24) for substantial. Graham's will be a season-long run, and she'll play a woman from Hank's past. Rajskub's stay will be a bit shorter, and she'll play a neurotic writer. The Sopranos vet Michael Imperioli was also recently added to the cast. [Showtime via press release]

... Hey, this is kinda casting news. Faith Hill will not be singing the theme song for NBC's Sunday Night Football anymore. The singer took to Twitter to make the announcement, calling the decision difficult. NBC says the song will stay the same, but someone new will have to try to come up with something that rhymes with "Green Bay." [Faith Hill's Twitter]

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