Showtime’s Shameless season nine and the new series Kidding will premiere on Sunday, September 9, 2018. Shameless‘ ninth season will air at 9pm ET/PT followed by the new half-hour comedy Kidding at 10pm ET/PT.
Kidding marks Jim Carrey’s first series regular role in more than 20 years. It also marks his reunion with Oscar-winning filmmaker Michel Gondry (Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind). In addition to Carrey, the season one cast includes Oscar, Emmy and Golden Globe nominee Frank Langella (Frost/Nixon); Oscar, Emmy and Golden Globe nominee Catherine Keener (Get Out); and Judy Greer (Married). Justin Kirk (Weeds) and Ginger Gonzaga (I’m Dying Up Here) guest star.
Dave Holstein (Weeds) created the series and serves as an executive producer with director Michel Gondry, Jim Carrey, Michael Aguilar, Toberto Benabig, Raffi Adlan, Jason Bateman, and Jim Garavente.
Season nine of Shameless is currently filming in Los Angeles. The series, which ranks as Showtime’s number one comedy, will air its 100th episode this season. Returning cast members include William H. Macy, Emmy Rossum, Jeremy Allen White, Ethan Cutkosky, Shanola Hampton, Steve Howey, Emma Kenney, Cameron Monaghan, Richard Flood and Christian Isaiah.
Shameless Season 9 Plot: In season nine of Shameless, political fervor hits the South Side and the Gallaghers take justice into their own hands. Frank (Macy) sees financial opportunity in campaigning and decides to give voice to the underrepresented South Side working man. Fiona (Rossum) tries to build on her success with her apartment building and takes an expensive gamble hoping to catapult herself into the upper echelon.
Lip (White) distracts himself from the challenges of sobriety by taking in Eddie’s niece, Xan (Scarlet Spencer) Ian (Monaghan) faces the consequences of his crimes as the Gay Jesus movement takes a destructive turn. Debbie (Kenney) fights for equal pay and combats harassment; and her efforts lead her to an unexpected realization. Carl (Cutkosky) sets his sights on West Point and prepares himself for cadet life. Liam (Isaiah) must develop a new skillset to survive outside of his cushy private school walls. Kevin (Howey) and V (Hampton) V juggle the demands of raising the twins with running the Alibi as they attempt to transform the bar into a socially conscious business.
The Kidding Plot: Kidding centers on Jeff, aka Mr. Pickles (Carrey), an icon of children’s television and a beacon of kindness and wisdom to America’s impressionable young minds and the parents who grew up with him. But when this beloved personality’s family begins to implode, Jeff finds no fairytale, 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.
Throughout the season, Jeff begins to push back against the limits of the well-oiled machine that is Mr. Pickles’ Puppet Time, and of his executive producer, Seb (Langella). Seb fears Jeff’s mental state could ruin the branding empire they’ve built, and thus begins preparing the show for a life after Jeff, while Deirdre (Keener), the head puppet maker, grapples with her own personal and professional life issues. Greer stars as Jeff’s estranged wife and their son is played by Cole Allen.