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JIM CARREY as Mr. Pickles under Gondry's direction, once again

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Showtime has released a behind-the-scenes clip for its new half-hour comedy series Kidding, starring the award-winning Jim Carrey in his first series regular role in more than two decades. The clip features Carrey discussing his character Jeff aka Mr. Pickles, who is very reminiscent of Mr. Rogers. Check out the new clip (and the trailer) below.

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.The series also stars Frank Langella (Frost/Nixon), Catherine Keener (Get Out), Judy Greer (Married), Justin Kirk (Weeds), Ginger Gonzaga (I’m Dying Up Here) and Tara Lipinski.

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.

The search for identity is a theme that’s always been attractive to me,” Carrey said. “There’s definitely something in this piece that calls to me.” Carrey went on to say that the show touches on the idea of “trying to hang on to the idea of the self.”

“I found myself subjugating Jim Carrey for Andy Kaufman and Tony Clifton, and then at the end of it, looking for Jim Carrey again and having trouble finding him,” Carrey told Variety back in September. “And at a certain point, I realized, ‘Hey, wait a second. If it’s so easy to lose Jim Carrey, who the hell is Jim Carrey?’” (Variety)

“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,” David Nevins, the CEO and president of Showtime, said in a statement. (via New York Times)

Kidding is executive produced by David Holstein, who wrote multiple episodes and serves as showrunner. The series is also executive produced by Gondry, who is directing several episodes. In addition, Kidding is executive produced by Carrey, Michael Aguilar (I’m Dying Up Here), Roberto Benabib (Weeds), Raffi Adlan (The Green Hornet), Jason Bateman (Arrested Development) and Jim Garavente (Bad Words).

The series will premiere on Sunday, September 9 at 10 p.m.

Check out the clips below.

Tags:   news, Showtime, trailer, Jim Carrey, film news, Mr. Pickles

Related:   Get Out, Frost/Nixon, Bad Words, The Green Hornet, Weeds, I'm Dying Up Here, Mr. Pickles


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