Jim Carrey is returning to television with a starring role in new Showtime comedy KIDDING, the premium streaming network announced Thursday.
In Kidding, Carrey plays Jeff, aka Mr. Pickles, an icon of children’s television, a beacon of kindness and wisdom to America’s impressionable young minds and the parents who grew up with him – who also anchors a multimillion dollar branding empire. But when this beloved personality’s family – wife, two sons, sister and father – begins to implode, Jeff finds no fairy tale or fable or puppet will guide him through this crisis, which advances faster than his means to cope.
“No one inhabits a character like Jim Carrey, and this role – which is like watching Humpty Dumpty after the fall – is going to leave television audiences wondering how they went so long without him,” Showtime president and CEO David Nevins said in a statement. “With his Eternal Sunshine partner Michel Gondry on board to direct, we are on our way to a magnetic, volcanic and emotional viewing experience.”
The series reunites Carrey with Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind director Michel Gondry, who will direct and executive produce alongside Carrey, Jason Bateman, Jim Garavente, Raffi Adlan and Michael Aguilar.
Kidding was created by Dave Holstein, who wrote the pilot and will serve as showrunner.
This marks the third recent series picked up by Showtime which revolves around show business. I’m Dying Up Here, about stand-up comedians in the 1970s, was recently renewed for a second season and the network has also greenlighted White Famous, from EP Jamie Foxx and based on his own early days in Hollywood.