Showtime's 'Kidding': Meet Your New Friends from "Mr. Pickles' Puppet Time"

Critics and some viewers are finally getting the chance to fixate their eyeballs on Jim Carrey (The Truman Show) and his Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind helmer Michel Gondry's Showtime series Kidding, but the rest of us still have a little more time to get to know Jeff/Mr. Pickles' (Carrey) fantasy on-screen world. Your friends at Showtime were kind enough to post a series of "who's who" tweets introducing us to Mr. Pickles' Puppet Time, and the residents of Pickle Barrel Falls: Secret Chef, Ennui Le Triste, The Oops, Sy the Wide Eyed Fly, and – our personal favorite – Uke-Larry:

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 and set to premiere on the cable network on September 9th, 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 HolsteinJason Bateman (Arrested Development, Ozark), Jim GaraventeRaffi Adlan, and Michael Aguilar will serve as executive producers.

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Kidding premieres on Sunday, September 9th at 10 p.m. ET/9 p.m. CT on Showtime.

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About Ray Flook

Serving as Television Editor since 2018, Ray began five years earlier as a contributing writer/photographer before being brought on board as staff in 2017.

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