Carrey back on small screen after 23 years
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.”