Following up on the release of last week's 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, Showtime has released a heartbreaking new teaser for the series ("What does it mean to lose a thing you really want to stay? What if they send your favorite socks a million blocks away?"). Directed by Gondry and set to premiere on the cable network on September 9, the series also stars Judy Greer (I'm Sorry), Catherine Keener (Get Out, Death to Smoochy), Frank Langella (The Americans, Frost/Nixon) and Justin Kirk (Weeds); with Carrey, Gondry, Dave Holstein, Jason Bateman (Arrested Development, Ozark), Jim Garavente, Raffi Adlan, and Michael Aguilar serving as executive producers.
You can check out the teaser for Showtime's Kidding below (an exclusive from Entertainment Weekly):
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.
Ginger Gonzaga (I'm Dying Up Here) plays Vivian, a cancer patient at the hospital where Jeff's wife works; while Bernard White (Captain America: The Winter Soldier) will play Deirdre's husband.
David Nevins, President/CEO of Showtime Networks, sees the returning Carrey and Gondry as having the potential to recreate the storytelling magic from their earlier collaboration:
"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."