‘Camp’ woe, be gone

Rachel Griffiths and Charles Grounds play mother and son in NBC’s new “Camp.”
Rachel Griffiths and Charles Grounds play mother and son in NBC’s new “Camp.”Vince Valitutti/NBC

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Oh Rachel Griffiths, what’s up? The Australian actress who broke through in America with “Muriel’s Wedding” and got an Oscar nomination for “Hilary and Jackie” was unforgettable as Brenda in “Six Feet Under.” Now, after slumming on the classy soap “Brothers & Sisters,” Griffiths is indulging in wacky time-wasting on a feeble new series, “Camp,” which premieres Wednesday night at 10.

She plays Mackenzie “Mack” Granger, the owner of Little Otter Camp whose husband has just left her for a younger woman. Everything about her character is predictable, and Griffiths seems to submit to the mediocrity, resigned.

It is possible for actors to overcome a lousy script, but that doesn’t happen on “Camp.” The show is too crowded with clichés to leave room for finesse.

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