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Variety shares highlights from the Camping panel at The Summer TCA Press Tour.
“Camping” was a draw for stars Jennifer Garner and David Tennant even though neither of them are particularly avid about roughing it outdoors.
“This is the best way to camp,” Tennant told reporters on Wednesday during HBO’s portion of the summer Television Critics Association press tour in Beverly Hills. “You get to go home at night and have a shower. … I assumed I would hate camping. I do quite like home comfort and a shower and not smelling. These things are important.”
The eight-episode limited series is based on a British comedy of the same name created by Julia Davis. The “Girls” duo of Jenni Konner and Lena Dunham wrote and directed the series. For all involved, “Camping” was a fun and frothy diversion from more cerebral and intense material they’ve tackled of late.
“You can only play so many psychopaths without taking it home,” Tennant said. “It was lovely to play someone so sweet and open-hearted.”
“Camping” also marks Garner’s return to series TV since her 2001-2006 run on ABC’s “Alias.” The appeal of “Camping” was all about the writing, she said. Garner plays a controlling woman who organizes a weekend camping trip with friends to celebrate her husband’s (played by Tennant) 45th birthday.
“Being in a scene with David and saying, ‘Do you want me to have a dysfunctional pelvic floor for the whole of your birthday weekend,’” Garner said. “Who gets to say this?”
The fact that the series shot in Los Angeles was a big plus for Garner as she juggles her career with raising her three young children. Working on eight episodes of a half-hour series is quite a contrast from the demands of the job when she was starring in “Alias.” “Being the lead in a single-lead 22-episode show — I don’t think I could do it anymore. I don’t know how moms do it,” she said.
Konner and Garner said they would be game to do more episodes of “Camping,” although it is designed to be a limited series.
The series also marks the final entry (for now) from Konner and Dunham as producing partners. The two have decided to go their separate ways. Dunham was expected to take part in the panel via satellite from New York, but was felled by the flu, HBO executives said.
Konner emphasized that the decision to part was an amicable one, driven by their mutual desire to explore other opportunities.
“We feel super lucky to have had eight amazing years together,” Konner said of her partnership with Dunham. “We just want to do different things. There’s no drama to be found there. It’s just work. It’s just about the creative process.”
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Jennifer Garner is returning to television in a new series from “Girls” creators Lena Dunham and Jenni Konner.
Garner is set to star in “Camping,” which has landed an eight-episode order from HBO. Written by Dunham and Konner — who will executive produce through their company A Casual Romance — “Camping” is based on the U.K. series of the same name created by Julia Davis. It tells the story of Walt’s 45th birthday, which was supposed to be a delightful weekend back to nature, at least according to his obsessively organized and aggressively controlling wife Kathryn. 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.
Davis is also serving as exec producer, along with Christine Langan, and Ilene S. Landress.
Konner and Lena Dunham describe Garner’s role of Kathryn Siddell-Bauers as “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. It’s truly a dream to have her first on our call sheet. Now we just have to write her some stunts.”
The new series is the first for Dunham and Konner since their HBO comedy “Girls” ended in 2017. Over six seasons, the show was nominated for 19 Primetime Emmy Awards, including twice for best comedy series and twice for Dunham as best actress in a comedy series.
Garner was nominated for four Emmys for her role as CIA agent Sydney Bristow on “Alias,” which aired on ABC from 2001-2006. Her film credits include “Dallas Buyers Club,” “13 Going on 30” and the upcoming features “Love Simon” and “Peppermint.” She is represented by CAA, Nicole King at Management 360, and Harris Hartman and Jason Sloane of Sloane, Offer, Weber and Dern.