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David Tennant has found his next TV role.
The former Doctor Who star is joining Camping, HBO’s eight-episode, straight-to-series comedy from Girls duo Lena Dunham and Jenni Konner and based on the British format of the same name. Jennifer Garner has already signed on to lead the limited series, which will begin production in the spring in Los Angeles.
Written and executive produced by Dunham and Konner, the series revolves around Kathryn, played by Garner in her first TV role since Alias. Tennant will portray Walt, Kathryn’s obedient husband and loving father, who is the reliable lynchpin of his male social group — but below all that reality lurks a subtle but growing discontent about what he’s just signed up for.
The comedy kicks off on 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, her 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.
Camping is the first TV series for Dunham and Konner since Girls ended its six-season run last year. The pair will executive produce via their HBO-based A Casual Romance production company. Julia Davis, who wrote and directed the original 2016 Sky Atlantic series on which the show is based, exec produces for Hush Ho. Christine Langan exec produces for Baby Cow Productions, who produced Camping. Ilene S. Landress and 3 Arts Entertainment’s Tom Lassally are also credited as EPs.
Tennant is, of course, best known for playing the tenth doctor on the BBC series Doctor Who. He’s since starred in Broadchurch and Jessica Jones, and is attached to Amazon’s upcoming series Good Omens. He can also be seen in the upcoming film Mary Queen of Scots, alongside Margot Robbie.
Tennant is represented by UTA in the U.S. and Independent Talent in the U.K.
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