The new Jim Carrey TV series is rounding up some heavy hitters to support the Golden Globe winner as he tackles his first series regular role in more than two decades. Showtime announced today that the comedy series, “Kidding,” has added Oscar, Emmy and Golden Globe nominee Catherine Keener to the cast as a series regular.
The project will be directed by Oscar winner Michel Gondry (“Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind”).
“Keener will play Deirdre, who thanklessly builds all the puppets on the hit children’s show hosted by Jeff (Carrey) while never being allowed to voice them,” Showtime said in today’s announcement. “She struggles to take the simple lessons preached by Jeff and apply them to the darker complications of actual parenting.”
The announcement adds: “In addition to Academy Award nominations for Best Supporting Actress honoring her performances in ‘Being John Malkovich’ and ‘Capote,’ Keener received an Emmy and Golden Globe nomination for her lead role in ‘An American Crime.’ She earned three Screen Actors Guild Award nominations for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role — for ‘Being John Malkovich,’ ‘Capote’ and ‘Into the Wild’ — and shared additional SAG Award nominations with the casts of each of those films, as well as this year for ‘Get Out.’ Keener has also received three Film Independent Spirit Award female lead nominations for ‘Johnny Suede,’ ‘Walking and Talking’ and ‘Lovely and Amazing,’ along with two other noms (for the Robert Altman Award) with the ensembles of ‘Synecdoche, New York’ and ‘Please Give.’ Additional memorable performances by Keener include ‘Show Me a Hero,’ ‘Begin Again,’ ‘Enough Said,’ ‘Cyrus,’ ‘Friends With Money’ and ‘The 40-Year-Old Virgin.'”
In its description of “Kidding,” Showtime says: “Carrey plays Jeff, aka Mr. Pickles, an icon of children’s television, a beacon of kindness and wisdom to America’s impressionable young minds and the parents who grew up with him — who also anchors a multimillion dollar branding empire. But when this beloved personality’s family — wife, two sons, sister and father — begins to implode, Jeff finds no fairy tale or 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.’
The show has a 10-episode first-season order, with Carrey set to executive produce with Gondry, Emmy nominee Jason Bateman (“Arrested Development”), Jim Garavente (“Bad Words”), Raffi Adlan (“The Green Hornet”) and Michael Aguilar (“I’m Dying Up Here”). “Kidding” was created by Dave Holstein (“Weeds,” “Raising Hope”), who wrote the pilot and will serve as showrunner.