Kidding: Jim Carrey discusses Mr. Pickles in behind-the-scenes clip
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. Make sure you check out the clip below (via Slashfilm) and let us know your thoughts!
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), Judy Greer (Married) and Catherine Keener (Get Out). 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. Guest stars include Justin Kirk (Weeds), Ginger Gonzaga (I’m Dying Up Here) and Tara Lipinski.
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. ET/PT after the season nine premiere of Shameless.