Jennifer Garner is making her return to television in a new comedy series from Girls creators Lena Dunham and Jenni Konner.
Garner will star in Camping, an eight-episode HBO series written by Dunham and Konner, who will serve as showrunners and executive produce through their company A Casual Romance. It is based on the U.K. show of the same name, created by Julia Davis. Davis will also serve as executive producer, along with Christine Langan and Ilene S. Landress.
Garner’s character, Kathryn Siddell-Bauers, is described as an obsessively organized and aggressively controlling wife and mother. The comedy centers on her husband’s 45th birthday, which she plans as a delightful weekend back to nature. But when the trip gathers Kathryn’s meek sister, holier-than-thou ex-best friend, and a free-spirited woman in one place, it becomes “a weekend of tested marriages and woman-on-woman crime that won’t soon be forgotten.”
“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. It’s truly a dream to have her first on our call sheet. Now we just have to write her some stunts,” Konner and Dunham said in a joint statement.
Camping is the first series for Dunham and Konner since Girls ended its critically acclaimed six-season run on HBO last year.
Garner starred as CIA agent Sidney Bristow on ABC’s Alias from 2001-2006, a role for which she earned four Emmy nominations. Her film credits include 13 Going on 30, Dallas Buyers Club and Wakefield. She is in production on the Lakeshore/STX feature Peppermint, scheduled for release this year.