Jim Carrey is back on TV with Showtime's Comedy series Kidding as a Mister Rogers-like character who runs into some trouble as his life implodes. The 10-episode series reunites the actor with Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind writer/director Michel Gondry and the trailer looks pretty awesome with the director's unique visuals adding to the absurdity and sudden darkness going on in Mr. Pickles' (Jim Carrey) life. This is the first time that Carrey has starred in a television show since he was on In Living Color back in the early 1990s.
The story of Kidding revolves around Jim Carrey's Mr. Pickles character, who is a children's television icon. Mr. Pickles hands out wisdom to the youth and teaches them what's important in life. He tells lessons with puppets and is a positive light in the life of millions. However, that all begins to change when his wife leaves him. Jim Carrey's talents on the screen, playing the loveable Mr. Pickles to the downtrodden and heartbroken character are intense, and Kidding truly looks special when paired with Michel Gondry's eye for detail.
Kidding will show Mr. Pickles trying to navigate his life after preaching so much goodness and making a lot of people millions of dollars. No puppet show is going to be able to soothe the soul of Pickles who is seen in the trailer about to shave his head, and wearing a lot of strange costumes while his life slowly unravels all around him. It will definitely be interesting to see where Jim Carrey and Michel Gondry guide the story arc of Mr. Pickles and his family life.
Showtime will debut Kidding on September 9th, following its hit show Shameless, which will be starting its 9th Season on that date as well. Each episode is 30 minutes long and was helmed by Michel Gondry from the creation of Dave Holstein, who also executive produces the show along with Jim Carrey. In addition to Carrey, Kidding also stars Catherine Keener, Justin Kirk, Judy Greer, and Frank Langella.
The trailer for Kidding starts off positive and then turns into a dark comedy with an extra healthy dose of dark. Jim Carrey's change from the light and playful Mr. Pickles to the dark and heartbroken version of the character still retains the positive nature. Lately, Carrey has been focusing much of his time on art and is quite prolific. The latest themes of his paintings have all been politically motivated, painting (no pun intended) the Trump administration in the worst light possible. The actor is a big critic of President Donald Trump and he is not afraid to speak his mind about the president or anyone who is in his orbit. Kidding seems like the perfect project for Jim Carrey, which is made all the more exciting because he hasn't done TV in such a long time. You can check out the trailer for the series below, courtesy of the Kidding YouTube channel.