Jim Carrey to star in new Showtime comedy series ‘Kidding’

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Sept. 15 (UPI) — Jim Carrey has signed on to star in a new Showtime comedy series titled “Kidding.”

Showtime has given the project a 10-episode straight-to-series order that comes from creator Dave Holstein and will be directed by filmmaker Michel Gondry, noted The Hollywood Reporter.

Holstein is a writer and producer on Showtime’s “Weeds” and “I’m Dying Up Here,” which Carrey executive produces. The actor will also be executive producing “Kidding” with Gondry, Jason Bateman, Raffi Adlan, Jim Garavente and fellow “I’m Dying Up” Here executive producer, Michael Aguilar.

“Gondry” previously directed Carrey in the critically-acclaimed love drama “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind.”

“Kidding” will star Carrey as Jeff, a children’s television icon known as Mr. Pickles who also helms a multimillion dollar branding empire, Variety reported. The series will explore how Carrey’s character deals with the implosion of his family.

“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,” Showtime CEO David Nevins said in a statement.

“With his ‘Eternal Sunshine’ partner Michel Gondry on board to direct, we are on our way to a magnetic, volcanic and emotional viewing experience.”

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