Jennifer Garner to Star in Lena Dunham HBO Series ‘Camping’

Based on British show, Dunham re-teams with “Girls” showrunner Jenni Konner

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Jennifer Garner is about to return to TV for the first time since “Alias” wrapped in 2006.

The actress has been cast as the lead in “Camping,” HBO’s new eight-episode, straight-to-series comedy from “Girls” creator Lena Dunham and fellow showrunner Jenni Konner.

The limited series is based on a British show of the same name, created by Julia Davis and produced by Baby Cow Productions. The premium cable network’s project begins production this spring.

Dunham and Konner will both write and executive produce for A Casual Romance. Davis is also executive producing under Hush Ho, with Christine Langan for Baby Cow, and Ilene S. Landress.

Here is the official logline for the show: 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. 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 stars as Kathryn Siddell-Bauers, 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 of her best-laid plans.

Konner and Dunham describe Garner’s role 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,” the showrunners said. “It’s truly a dream to have her first on our call sheet. Now we just have to write her some stunts.”