Jim Carrey is teaming back up with a director he previously worked with on one of his best films, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind.
According to Deadline, Carrey will star in Showtime’s Kidding, a new half-hour comedy series. It will come from executive producer Michel Gondry, the director of Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. Carrey himself will also serve as executive producer, as will Jason Bateman. Gondry is set to direct the first episode. The series’ creator is Dave Holstein, who previously worked on Weeds and Raising Hope.
Kidding will star Jim Carrey as Jeff, a man who plays beloved children’s television entertainer Mr. Pickles but who begins to deal with personal turmoil.
“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 the crisis, which advances faster than his means to cope,” Deadline reports. “The result: a kind man in a cruel world faces a slow leak of sanity as hilarious as it is heartbreaking.”
Showtime president David Nevins described the show as “like watching Humpty Dumpty after the fall.” He also described it as “magnetic, volcanic and emotional.”
Carrey recently served as executive producer on Showtime’s I’m Dying Up Here, but he isn’t actually in that show. Kidding will be the first TV series that Carrey stars in since In Living Color in the early 1990s.
Michel Gondry and Jim Carrey previously teamed up on Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, which won the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay. Though it was relatively successful at the time of its release, it has become even more beloved over the years and is widely considered to be one of Jim Carrey’s best films.
Since then, Gondry has directed films like The Science of Sleep, Be Kind Rewind, and The Green Hornet. Jim Carrey, meanwhile, has taken few acting roles in recent years. His most recent performance was in 2016’s True Crimes, a Polish film that was not very widely seen and was not even released in the United States. Before that, he had a relatively small role in The Bad Batch. Carrey’s last leading role was in Dumb and Dumber To, which received extremely negative reviews. The last movie that he led and that was well received among critics was 2009’s I Love You Phillip Morris.
Showtime has picked up Kidding for 10 episodes. The show does not yet have a release date.