Just as we’re getting done clearing out all of the feels from the upcoming series’ first official trailer, Showtime continues tap-dancing on our heart strings with the second official trailer for Jim Carrey (The Truman Show) and his Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind helmer Michel Gondry‘s 10-episode half-hour comedy/drama series Kidding.
Aside from confirming once again that — at least from a trailer/teaser standpoint — Carrey and Gondry have created something visually stunning and emotionally powerful, “Spark of Greatness” also shows us a side of Carrey’s Jeff (Mr. Pickles) we haven’t seen much of: the side that pushes back.
Directed by Gondry and set to premiere on the cable network on September 9th, the series also stars Judy Greer (I’m Sorry), Catherine Keener (Get Out, Death to Smoochy), Frank Langella (The Americans, Frost/Nixon), Justin Kirk (Weeds), Ginger Gonzaga (I’m Dying Up Here), and Bernard White (Captain America: The Winter Soldier). Carrey, Gondry, Dave Holstein, Jason Bateman (Arrested Development, Ozark), Jim Garavente, Raffi Adlan, and Michael Aguilar will serve as executive producers.
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. 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 (Frank 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 (Catherine Keener), the head puppet maker, grapples with her own personal and professional life issues. Judy Greer stars as Jeff’s estranged wife, and Cole Allen plays their son.
Kidding premieres on Sunday, September 9th at 10 p.m. ET/9 p.m. CT on Showtime.