Jennifer Garner will be starring in an upcoming eight-episode limited comedy series for HBO called Camping, based on a British series sharing the same name from English actress and comedian Julia Davis. (Davis is perhaps best known to American audiences for a cameo as “Judge Charity” in the “Fifteen Million Merits” episode of Black Mirror.) The project is being developed by executive producers Lena Dunham and Jenni Konner, the creative team behind HBO’s Girls.
The plot description is as follows:
“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’s character is described by Dunham and Konner as “a controlling LA 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.” Praising Garner’s comedic timing and restraint, they say that the role is “messy, tough and provocative and really really fun.”
Seeing Garner — who starred in five seasons of ABC’s Alias from 2001 to 2006 — return to television is hardly surprising, given the critical success of the A-list cast of HBO’s Big Little Lies (just picked up for season two) in 2017. A release date for Camping hasn’t been announced yet, but it will presumably premiere in late 2018 or early 2019.
(Via Entertainment Weekly)