Jim Carrey has been keeping busy with his timely and politically-charged paintings, but now the Canadian actor is marking his return in front of the cameras with a new comedy-drama series.

Carrey reunites with his “Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind” director Michel Gondry for “Kidding”, heading to Showtime in September.

“Kidding” stars Carrey as Jeff, better known to the kindergarten set as Mr. Pickles, a beloved children’s TV entertainer akin to a modern Mr. Rogers who is the face of a multi-million brand empire. But his success and his sanity are thrown into jeopardy when his family life begins to implode and Jeff discovers there’s no fairytale or puppet to guide him through his personal crisis as he starts to lose his grip on reality.

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In the first look at the half-hour series, Carrey plays Jeff as a man whose destruction is equally hilarious and heartbreaking. The role marks the first time Carrey has been a series regular since his “In Living Color” days in the 1990s.

Writer-director Gondry serves as an executive producer on the series and will also direct several episodes of “Kidding”, which co-stars Catherine Keener, Judy Greer and Frank Langella.

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