Don't pack up the puppet workshop: Kidding, Showtime's new comedy series, has been renewed for Season 2, the pay cable network announced Wednesday. The depressing Jim Carrey dramedy will return for another 10 episodes next season.
Created by Dave Holstein and starring Carrey in his first series regular role in more than 20 years, Kidding tells the story of Mr. Pickles (Carrey), a pure-hearted Mr. Rogers-esque kids' show host who's nearing the end of his rope. One of his twin sons tragically died, his surviving son wants little to do with him, his wife left him and his father who also executive-produces his show (Frank Langella) is not supporting him in his time of trouble. It's dark. But it's funny, we promise. The Season 1 finale will air Sunday, Nov. 11.
The series reunites Carrey with Michel Gondry, who directed Carrey's best movie, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, and features lovely puppet work from puppet makers James Hayes, Patrick Johnson and Sean Johnson.
Kidding airs Sundays at 10/9c on Showtime.
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