Jim Carrey To Star In New Michel Gondry Series ‘Kidding’ | TV News
Jim Carrey‘s most well-respected character and film is arguably Joel Barish in Michel Gondry‘s Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind, and this latest news is going to have lovers of that film very excited. The duo are teaming up again, this time for a TV series, Carrey’s first TV role in more than two decades.
The show is titled Kidding, and has already received a straight-to-series order from Showtime. The synopsis is as follows:
“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 multi-million 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. The result: a kind man in a cruel world faces a slow leak of sanity as hilarious as it is heartbreaking”.
The show is being billed as a half-hour comedy but as the above synopsis reveals, and much like their previous collaboration, there’s a lot more to it. Carrey is the latest big name actor to make the jump to TV where there continues to be a little more creative control.
While there’s no Charlie Kaufman writing this one, Kidding still sounds very exciting, especially when starring Carrey, who hasn’t taken on many leading roles in recent years. Writing the series is Dave Holstein, who also worked on the series I’m Dying Up Here, which Carrey produced.
David Nivens, President and CEO of Showtime stated:
“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”.
Kidding will have a ten-episode first season, and instantly becomes one of the most anticipated shows in development.