It looks like that's going to be a wrap for Jeff Pickles, as Showtime has axed the Jim Carrey drama series Kidding after two seasons. The news has been confirmed by the network in a statement released to the press. "After two seasons, Kidding has concluded its run on Showtime," the statement reads. "We are very proud to have aired this imaginative, critically-acclaimed and rewarding series, and we would like to thank Jim Carrey, Dave Holstein, Michael Aguilar, Michel Gondry and the entire cast and crew for their brilliant and tireless work."
No reason was provided by Showtime for the cancellation, but it's certainly not because of the show's tremendous reception with critics and viewers alike. After its first season scored a 77% Fresh rating from critics at Rotten Tomatoes, Kidding came out swinging for an even stronger second season, scoring a perfect 100% Fresh rating on the review aggregator website. Most likely, the decision is the result of slipping ratings on the series, which have only fallen gradually since the show first premiered in 2018. The end of season two delivering some of the show's lowest ratings of all probably resulted in Showtime's rejection of giving Jeff Pickles another chance.
Kidding starred Jim Carrey in his first regular television role in over two decades. "The search for identity is a theme that's always been attractive to me," Carrey previously said of taking on the eccentric role of the show's lead character. The project also reunited the actor with Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind director Michael Gondry, who served as an executive producer for Kidding alongside Carrey. Dave Holstein, Michael Aguilar, Roberto Benabib, Raffi Adlan, Jason Bateman, and Jim Garavente also executive produced. Along with Carrey, the series also starred Judy Greer, Catherine Keener, Frank Langella, Cole Allen, Juliet Morris, and Justin Kirk.
Set in Columbus, Ohio, Kidding starred Carrey as Jeff Piccirillo, a beloved children's television presenter otherwise known as Mr. Pickles. While dark humor was present, the series was a bit more macabre than most of the other projects Carrey is known for, picking up in the life of Mr. Pickles as he struggles greatly with the sudden death of one of his twin sons. The second season sees Mr. Pickles devising bizarre new ways to continue entertaining children after his beloved kid's show goes off the air for the first time in 30 years. Superbly written and very well acted, the storylines made for excellent television, but it seems there just weren't enough people watching.
Given the low ratings by the end of Kidding, the chances probably aren't very high for the show moving to another network. That's certainly unfortunate news for big fans of the show, but this doesn't mean we've seen the last of Carrey. After entertaining audiences as the villainous Dr. Robotnik in this year's hit movie Sonic the Hedgehog, Carrey is set to reprise the role for an upcoming sequel. As for Jeff Pickles, we'll always have two excellent seasons of Kidding, and the series will always have its Golden Globe and Golden Reel Award nominations. This news comes to us from Variety.