Jim Carrey and director Michel Gondry are reuniting on a new Showtime comedy series called Kidding. The duo previously collaborated on the 2004, Oscar-winning, memory-defected, sci-fi romance Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, which Gondry directed and Carry co-headlined alongside Kate Winslet.
Created by Dave Holstein (Weeds, Raising Hope), Kidding will revolve around a children's television show character named Mr. Pickles (played by Carrey) whose on-screen demeanor and lifestyle is night and day from the actor who plays him - a man so far only referred to as Jeff. The show in which Jeff stars is in thematically similar to something like Mr. Rogers' Neighborhood, in that he plays a role in shaping the minds of his young audience. It's also worth mentioning that the show that brought him fame is also a branding empire worth millions. However, once his family life begins to suddenly implode, his mental wellbeing starts to go off the rails.
Kidding will be Carrey's first appearance as a television series regular since his starring role on the sketch comedy show In Living Color, which launched his career as an actor in 1992. It will also be the latest of several projects which Carrey has produced, including the Showtime series I'm Dying Up Here, as well as two films in which he starred, Bruce Almighty and Fun with Dick and Jane. Gondry, who shared an Oscar win with screenwriter Charlie Kaufman for Eternal Sunshine, will share executive producer credit with Carrey on the series.
David Nevins, President and CEO, Showtime Networks Inc., announced the details regarding the show, saying:
“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. 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 Golden Globe winning actor (he won for Man on the Moon in 2000 and The Truman Show in 1999), has been the subject of intrigue recently following an interview with E! while walking the red carpet at NYFW 2017. However, following the announcement of this new series, could it be possible that Carrey was simply going meta with his new character and testing emotionally disoriented waters? Time will tell.
Kidding will be a ten-episode, half-hour series on Showtime, with Carrey in the starring role and Gondry behind the camera as director. Jason Bateman (Arrested Development), Jim Garavente (Bad Words), Raffi Adlan (The Green Hornet) and Michael Aguilar (I'm Dying Up Here) are also serving as executive producers.
Kidding has no official premiere date yet.