'Kidding' is Carrey's first project with Gondry since 'Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind.'
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On Thursday, Showtime announced a new ten-episode series that will reunite Jim Carrey and director Michel Gondry for the first time since their 2004 totally-doesn't-make-me-cry-every-time, cerebral romance Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind.
Created by Weeds screenwriter Dave Holstein, Kidding follows Carrey as a good-hearted millionaire TV show host named Mr. Pickles, a.k.a. Jeff, who Deadline describes as, "a beacon of kindness and wisdom to America's impressionable young minds and the parents who grew up with him—who also anchors a multimillion dollar branding empire." And as with many of Carrey's past roles, he plays a man who reaches a point in his life where his family, business, and mind start to slowly unravel.
It's unclear whether Carrey will embark on a Breaking Bad–like descent into depravity, or if Kidding will be more like a prolonged redux of Danny DeVito's Death to Smoochy, where the bad guys stay bad and the good guys stay good. Either way, Entertainment Weekly reports that Showtime president David Nevins is hyped about Carrey's performance and getting Gondry to direct.
"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," Nevins told EW. "With his Eternal Sunshine partner Michel Gondry on board to direct, we are on our way to a magnetic, volcanic, and emotional viewing experience."
Gondry will direct all ten episodes, and Jason Bateman (Arrested Development, Ozark) is among the producers. For a taste of what Gondry's reunion with Carrey will feel like, check out their first collaboration—a 2003 short called Pecan Pie distributed as a special feature on the Eternal Sunshine DVD—below.