Sci-fi fans and quirky comedy fans unite! Former “Doctor Who” star David Tennant has been announced for a role opposite former “Alias” star Jennifer Garner in “Camping,” a new eight-episode HBO comedy from “Girls” masterminds Lena Dunham and Jenni Konner. The series is based on a British program of the same name about a man’s camping trip with his wife and friends that goes awry. Tennant and Garner will play the central husband and wife.
Tennant previously played the 10th Doctor on “Doctor Who” from 2005-2010, but since then he has played detective Alec Hardy in the British mystery series “Broadchurch,” the sociopathic Kilgrave in “Jessica Jones” and even Scrooge McDuck in the 2017 reboot of the animated series “DuckTales.” In addition, he will be featured as the demon Crowley in the upcoming “Good Omens” miniseries on Amazon, based on the novel by Neil Gaiman (“American Gods”) and Terry Pratchett (“The Color of Magic”).
Garner rose to fame as super-spy Sydney Bristow in “Alias,” which ran from 2001-2006. She earned four Emmy nominations for Best Drama Actress (2002-2005), and though she never got a win from the TV academy she did collect trophies from the Golden Globes (2002) and Screen Actors Guild (2005). Since then she has appeared in the Oscar winning films “Juno” (2007) and “Dallas Buyers Club” (2013). “Camping” will be her first leading role in a TV series since “Alias” went off the air 12 years ago.
Dunham is also returning to TV, though after a much shorter absence. She wrote, directed, produced and starred in the HBO comedy “Girls” (2012-2017) for which she won Golden Globes for Best Comedy Series and Best Comedy Actress in 2013. She also earned eight Emmy nominations between 2012 and 2014, but like Garner she never won at those awards, so perhaps this collaboration will bring both of them into the winner’s circle.