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HBO’s Camping is filling out its cast.
Juliette Lewis, Janicza Bravo, Arturo Del Puerto, Brett Gelman, Ione Skye and Bridget Everett have joined the new eight-episode, straight-to-series comedy from Girls duo Lena Dunham and Jenni Konner. 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 a loving father, who is the reliable linchpin 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 show begins 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. 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.
Lewis will play Jandice, a woman of many talents. She’s a DJ of sick beats, a reiki healer and a certified public accountant. Her life may seem ideal — bouncing from man to man to woman to man — but the reality is far less idyllic.
Bravo will play Nina-Joy, the friend you go to for everything: best massage, best jeans, best oatmeal. She is a lifestyle queen and chicer than all get out. But her tension with Kathryn over a breach of confidence threatens to topple the weekend and put tooth marks in her marriage to the husband she adores almost as much as she likes a nice clog boot.
Del Puerto will portray Miguel, who is smack-dab in the middle of a midlife crisis and recently separated. He is now expressing his instability through Topshop clothing and very strange life choices.
Gelman will play George, a guy who is loyal, goofy and infinitely game. He’s as obsessed with his best friend Walt as he is with his wife, Nina-Joy, but just under the surface of this affable boom operator simmers some barely repressed rage that can stop any singalong.
Everett will portray Harry, the tough-talking, nature-loving queen of the campsite who came out as a lesbian at age 3. Her passion for her wife Nan is only beaten by her passion for all other women and an assortment of guns.
Skye will play the series regular role of Carleen, who has spent her life in the shadows, as a sister, as a hospice worker and as an unsuccessful equestrian — and it has left her meek, terrified and relying on her own strange passions (crocheting with polyester yarn) to get her through the lonely days.
Lewis, Bravo, Del Puerto and Gelman are all series regulars, while Everett is a recurring castmember.
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 exec producers.
Lewis is with Untitled Entertainment and United Talent Agency; Bravo is repped by UTA; Del Puerto is with AKA Talent Agency, Main Title Entertainment and Meyer & Downs; Gelman is repped by ICM; and Everett is with WME. Skye is with Buchwald & Associates and Management Production Entertainment.
March 19, 2 p.m. Updated to reflect Lewis’ casting in the series.
March 20, 10 a.m. Updated to reflect Sky’s casting in the series.
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