Ahead of its official premiere on the network this November, Showtime has released the first trailer for season 2 of the Jim Carrey series Kidding. In addition to bringing back Carrey as children's entertainer Jeff Pickles, the footage also reveals the inclusion of pop star Ariana Grande as a pickle fairy. Frank Langella, Catherine Keener, and Judy Greer also star. The series will pick up directly after the events of the previous scene, showing Jeff entering the next difficult stage of his life.
In the upcoming new season, Jeff struggles with the realization his TV series has been taken off the air for the first time in 30 years. Determined to maintain contact with his fans whom he believes still need him, Jeff creates a "new and controversial method to talk directly to children across the world," but this only makes him the target of animosity for the first time in his career. Jeff must now navigate the most complicated moral gray areas of his life, discovering a new side of himself in a season full of music, magic, puppets, and pathos. Certainly, the unique charm exhibited by the freshman season seems to be carrying over for season 2, is the new trailer is any indication.
First premiering on Showtime in 2018, Kidding is Jim Carrey's first series regular role in over two decades. The show sees him starring as children's TV entertainer Jeff Pickles, also known as Mr. Pickles. Reminiscent of Mister Rogers' Neighborhood and similar PBS programming, Pickles' show has made Jeff a beacon of kindness and wisdom for children everywhere. However, following the unexpected death of his son, Jeff's personal life begins to implode amidst the complications the tragedy leaves for his family. The kind man gradually begins to lose his smile in the peculiar series which is somehow just as amusing as it is depressing.
As a huge fan of Carrey, Ariana Grande could hardly contain her excitement from working alongside her idol for Kidding's second season. Along with a photo with Carrey posted by Grande on Twitter, the singer wrote a heartfelt message about working with the iconic actor. "Nothing is crazier than getting to work with and spend time with someone whom you've idolized and adored since before you could speak," Grande says in the post. She adds: "Actually, what's even crazier is discovering that person to be more special and warm and generous in person than you ever could've imagined." In response, Carrey on Twitter thanked Grande for joining their Kidding world, describing it as a "lovely and buoyant experience."
Season 2 of Kidding will arrive on Showtime on Nov. 3, 2019. Because the writing is excellent and the acting is top notch, the biggest problem the series seems to have is there isn't enough people watching it as there should be. If you're late to the party, get caught up on the first season before november, because Kidding is really good stuff. You can find out more about the series at Showtime's official website.