Jim Carrey’s character, Jeff, declares there’s a spark of greatness inside each and every one of us in the new trailer for the original Showtime series, Kidding. In addition to releasing the new one-minute trailer, Showtime’s also unveiled the season one official poster featuring Jim Carrey front and center.
Kidding marks the the first time Jim Carrey’s starred in a series in more than 20 years. The series reunites the Golden Globe winner with his Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind director Michel Gondry.
Season one also features Oscar, Emmy and Golden Globe nominee Frank Langella (Frost/Nixon), two-time Oscar nominee Catherine Keener (Being John Malkovich, Capote), and Judy Greer (Married). Justin Kirk (Weeds), Ginger Gonzaga (I’m Dying Up Here) and Olympian Tara Lipinski will guest star.
Kidding was created by Dave Holstein (Weeds, Raising Hope) who executive produces, wrote many of the episodes, and serves as the showrunner. Gondry, Carrey, Michael Aguilar, Roberto Benabib, Raffi Adlan, Jason Bateman, and Jim Garvante executive produce.
Showtime’s set a Sunday, September 9, 2018 premiere date for the half-hour comedy. The first season consists of 10 episodes.
The 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.