I am not a big fan of the new series from Lena Dunham and Jenni Konner of “Girls.” Called “Camping,” it’s meant to be a cringe comedy about a super-controlling woman played by Jennifer Garner and the camping trip she hosts like a dictator. But it just doesn’t find a sure balance between humor and pathos, and Garner seems miscast. The best thing about the HBO show is Juliette Lewis, who is the spontaneous, New Agey, joyous yang to Garner’s yin. The opposition between the two women is so clear-cut and schematic, it all winds up feeling predictable.
I mention the show here because, in her promotion for it, Garner talked about the last time she was a TV regular — playing Sydney Bristow on “Alias,” which left the air in 2006. I loved that J.J. Abrams show, which, by the way, featured the young Bradley Cooper. “Alias” merged international spy capers with a twisty mythology that always seemed to come back to the core drama of Sydney’s family.
Looks like “Alias” is going to follow in the footsteps of so many older shows, as talk of a reboot is afoot. It won’t be a revival, since the original cast won’t be resuming their roles. “I’ve heard that there’s an ‘Alias’ reboot happening,” Garner told the Hollywood Reporter, “but no one’s talked to me about it. I mean, it would be totally different. But if they didn’t have me on as a guest, I would be very, very angry.”Matthew Gilbert can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him on Twitter @MatthewGilbert.