Jennifer Garner's HBO Comedy 'Camping' Gets a Premiere Date
By Philiana Ng
Jennifer Garner is returning to television.
On Wednesday, HBO announced Camping, starring Garner and David Tennant, will debut on Oct. 14.
More than a decade after Alias wrapped its run, the 46-year-old actress will star in the new comedy series from Girls team Lena Dunham and Jenni Konner. Garner will topline the eight-episode, half-hour limited series, which began production this past spring in Los Angeles.
The official logline for Camping, which is based on the British series by Julia Davis, reads: "Walt’s 45th birthday was supposed to be a delightful weekend back to nature, at least according to his obsessively organized and aggressively controlling wife Kathryn (Garner). But when the camping trip gathers Kathryn’s meek sister, holier than thou ex-best friend and a free-spirited Tagalong in one place, it becomes a weekend of tested marriages and woman on woman crime that won’t soon be forgotten. Plus, bears."
Garner plays Kathryn Siddell-Bauers, a controlling L.A. mom who is far less cheerful than her Lululemons imply. Kathryn controls the proceedings with an iron grip until she’s faced with a woman who undoes all her best laid plans.
Konner and Dunham called Garner's character “messy, tough and provocative and really, really fun."
"We love Jennifer’s restraint and comedic timing, and we can’t wait for the warmth and intelligence she’ll bring to our central character, Kathryn," the showrunners said in a statement in February. "It’s truly a dream to have her first on our call sheet. Now we just have to write her some stunts.”
This is a coup for HBO, as Garner has largely stayed away from TV and focused her attention on film ever since she hung up her colorful wigs as super-spy Sydney Bristow in the J.J. Abrams-created ABC action drama, Alias, which ran for five seasons from 2001 to 2006. She won a Golden Globe in 2002 for her role and is a four-time Emmy nominee. After bidding farewell to her beloved character, Garner lent her voice to the animated kids Netflix program, Llama Llama, and appeared on a 2008 episode of PBS' Great Performances.
It's been a big year for Garner. She also starred in Love, Simon, opposite Josh Duhamel, Katherine Langford and Nick Robinson, and will premiere Peppermint, with John Gallagher Jr. and Richard Cabral, in September.