In "The Wonderful World of Television" these days, there are any number of reasons why a show gets cancelled or saved… has its premiere moved up or pushed back… or gets nearly completely retooled. In the case of Showtime and the second season of Jim Carrey, Michel Gondry, and Dave Holstein's award-winning and critically-acclaimed series Kidding, the cable network is pushing the series' return back – from November 2019 to Sunday, February 9, 2020, at 10 p.m. EDT.
As Showtime looks to grow its programming block and use some of its "heavy-hitter" shows to plant flags on those new days and hours, Carrey's return as Jeff Pickles is being paired with the final season of Homeland. Picking up moments after Jeff's first-season actions result in Mr. Pickles' Puppet Time being off the air for the first time in 30 years, Kidding will premiere two back-to-back episodes in February.
With a little more than a month to go before the series' second-season return, Carrey and the creative forces on both sides of the camera are offering viewers a look at the magic of the series' first season – and the magic still to come:
In the following trailer, not only do we get a look at new cast member pop singer Ariana Grande in full-on "pickle fairy goddess" mode, but also at where Jim Carrey's Jeff is heading without a show to anchor him. From the looks of things, it appears Jeff is "headed" towards processing some serious anger issues – especially with Jill (Judy Greer); finding a new way to reach his audience – that a lot of people are not going to be fans of; and what appears to be a pretty sharp new haircut:
With his beloved Mr. Pickles' Puppet Time off the air for the first time in 30 years, Jeff Pickles must find a way to communicate with his many fans who still need him. Jeff creates a new and controversial method to talk directly to children across the world only to become the target of animosity for the first time in his career. As Jeff navigates the most complicated moral gray areas of his life, he discovers a new side of himself in a season full of music, magic, puppets and pathos.
Kidding was created and is executive produced by Holstein (Weeds, Raising Hope), who wrote the pilot and serves as showrunner. The series is also executive produced by Oscar winner Gondry (Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind), who is directing several episodes, including the premiere. In addition, Kidding is executive produced by Carrey, Michael Aguilar (I'm Dying Up Here), Roberto Benabib (Weeds), Raffi Adlan (The Green Hornet), Emmy nominee Jason Bateman (Ozark, Arrested Development) and Jim Garavente (Bad Words).