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Jim Carrey to reunite with Michel Gondry for new TV comedy series Kidding

Jim Carrey in The Number 23

Story by Jack Foley

JIM Carrey is to reunite with his Oscar-winning Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind writer-director Michel Gondry on new half-hour comedy series Kidding.

Showtime, the premium cable network in the US, has handed out a 10-episode straight-to-series order for the series.

Carrey will play a character named Jeff – aka Mr Pickles – an icon of children’s TV, a beacon of kindness and wisdom to America’s impressionable young minds and the parents who grew up with him — who also anchors a multi-million-dollar branding empire.

However, when his family (comprised of a wife, two sons, sister and father) begins to implode, Jeff finds no fairytale will guide him through this crisis and he quickly finds himself struggling to cope.

Soon, this kind man in a cruel world begins to lose his sanity in a journey that is being described ‘as hilarious as it is heart-breaking’.

Commenting on the decision to send the show straight to series, Showtime CEO David Nevins said: “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.

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

Kidding will mark Carrey’s first regular television role in more than two decades. The actor and comedian spent five seasons starring on variety-sketch show In Living Color.

Carrey next has Netflix documentary Jim & Andy due for release, which enjoyed mostly positive reviews at the Toronto International Film Festival.

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