Jennifer Garner to make TV return in HBO comedy

The series will be produced by 'Girls' creators Lena Dunham and Jenni Konner.

Jennifer Garner will make her return to live-action television with a leading role in HBO’s forthcoming comedy Camping, according to TVLine.

Garner’s last regular TV gig was Alias, J.J. Abrams’ grad-student-turned-spy drama, in which she starred for five seasons. Since Alias ended in 2006, Garner has focused on her film career, taking roles in movies like Dallas Buyers Club and Mother's Day.

In Camping, Garner will play Kathryn Siddell-Bauers, described as “a controlling L.A. mum who is far less cheerful than her Lululemons imply.” The series chronicles a camping trip to celebrate the 45th birthday of Walt, Kathryn’s husband. “But when the camping trip gathers Kathryn’s meek sister, holier than thou ex-best friend and a free-spirited tagalong in one place,” the official logline reads, “it becomes a weekend of tested marriages and woman-on-woman crime that won’t soon be forgotten. Plus, bears.”

The adaptation, based on Sky Atlantic’s series of the same name, will be written and executive-produced by Girls bosses Lena Dunham and Jenni Konner, who also will serve as showrunners. The eight-episode limited series is slated to begin production in Los Angeles next month.

In a statement, Konner and Dunham said, “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.”

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