Looks like we’re in for an extended stay at Mr. Pickles’ Puppet Time, with Showtime giving an official thumbs-up for a second season of Jim Carrey (The Truman Show) and Michel Gondry‘s (Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind) dramedy Kidding. With the series’ inaugural season set to wrap on November 11, the Dave Holstein-created series will launch its 10-episode second season some time in 2019.
The series premiered on Showtime on September 9 to around 443,000 viewers – after making the series premiere available through numerous outlets, including YouTube. On a weekly basis, Kidding averages around 2.3 million viewers across all available CBS-owned outlets and platforms.
— Kidding on Showtime (@SHOKidding) October 10, 2018
“Kidding has established itself as one of the most endearing and inventive shows on television. I feel like I have been watching Mr. Pickles my whole life, and I look forward to being entranced by his unique blend of hilarity and heartbreak in Season 2.”
– Gary Levine, President of Programming, Showtime
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.
Directed by Gondry, Kidding 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.