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Jim Carrey to Return to TV as Mr. Pickles on Showtime


Jim Carrey on Monday at the Toronto International Film Festival. He will be starring in a new Showtime series, “Kidding.”

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Jim Carrey is coming back to television for the first time in two decades.

Showtime announced on Thursday that Mr. Carrey would headline a new series called “Kidding.” The actor will play “an icon of children’s television” named Jeff (a.k.a. Mr. Pickles), “who also anchors a multimillion dollar branding empire,” according to a news release.

It is Mr. Carrey’s first regular television role since the early 1990s, when he was a star on “In Living Color,” the groundbreaking sketch comedy series created by Keenen Ivory Wayans and Damon Wayans.

“Kidding” will reunite Mr. Carrey with the director Michel Gondry, who worked with the actor on “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind” (2004), which was widely considered some of the best work done by both. It won an Oscar for best original screenplay.

Mr. Gondry will direct all 10 episodes of the show, which was created by Dave Holstein, a former writer on the Showtime series “Weeds” and “I’m Dying Up Here.” (Mr. Carrey is an executive producer on “I’m Dying Up Here,” about the West Coast standup comedy scene in the 1970s.) The executive producers for “Kidding” include Mr. Carrey, Mr. Gondry and Jason Bateman.

“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,” David Nevins, the CEO and president of Showtime, said in a statement.

The premiere date has not yet been announced for “Kidding.”

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