Showtime has tapped actor Jim Carrey to star in a new series Kidding, the network announced Thursday.
Carrey (In Living Color) will portray Jeff, who in the series plays Mr. Pickes -- an icon of children’s television – while anchoring a multimillion dollar branding empire. When his family begins to implode, Jeff finds life difficult to handle, according to Showtime. Kidding is the first starring television series role for Carrey in more than two decades, according to the network.
Carrey, who executive produces Showtime’s I’m Dying Up Here, will also serve as executive producer for Kidding along with Michael Gondry, Jason Bateman, Jim Garavente, Raffi Adlan, and Michael Aguilar.
“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,” said David Nevins, president and CEO of Showtime Network Inc. 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.”