Score one for Nickelodeon in its unspoken kiddie-programming arms race with the Disney Channel: The network has signed High School Musical writer Peter Barsocchini to make a half-hour comedy pilot about summer camp. No word on whom they’ll cast yet, though the offspring or sibling of a famous person is always a good bet. Barsocchini will likely be zipping up his writing a little for the slightly edgier net (we’re talking more tolerance of pop culture references and passing references to puberty here, not The Sopranos). And I’m guessing he won’t be bringing his penchant for incorporating musical numbers to this project, lest Nickelodeon end up with a half-hour rip-off of the Jonas Brothers’ hit TV movie Camp Rock. (Then again, maybe that’s exactly the idea here.) At any rate, it almost doesn’t matter whom they cast or what the show’s like, as it’s a big enough coup for the Slime Network just to lure the guy who wrote the movie series that served as Disney’s official cash machine the last few years.
What do you think of this idea, PopWatchers? Will you tune in to see what the High School Musical writer can do in a sitcom on Nickelodeon? Whom should the network cast? Should there be singing and dancing at camp?