Car­rey back on small screen after 23 years

Pretoria News Weekend - - NEWS - Jim Car­rey

JIM CAR­REY is re­turn­ing to TV after 23 years.

The 55-year-old ac­tor – who was pre­vi­ously a small screen reg­u­lar in In Liv­ing Color – will team up with his Eter­nal Sun­shine of the Spot­less Mind di­rec­tor Michel Gondry for Show­time’s up­com­ing com­edy se­ries, Kid­ding, in which he will play a chil­dren’s TV icon whose fam­ily be­gins to im­plode.

The full syn­op­sis for the show ex­plains: “Car­rey plays Jeff, aka Mr Pick­les, an icon of chil­dren’s tele­vi­sion, 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.

“But when this beloved per­son­al­ity’s fam­ily… be­gins to im­plode, Jeff finds no fairy tale or fa­ble or pup­pet will guide him through this cri­sis… The re­sult: a kind man in a cruel world faces a slow leak of san­ity as hi­lar­i­ous as it is heart­break­ing.” The pro­gramme – which was cre­ated by Dave Hol­stein – will air for 10-episodes, each last­ing 30 min­utes and net­work ex­ec­u­tives have promised view­ers are in for a “mag­netic, vol­canic and emo­tional” show.

Said Show­time pres­i­dent David Nevins: “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. Both Jim and Michel will serve as ex­ec­u­tive pro­duc­ers, along­side Ja­son Bate­man.”

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