Catherine Keener To Co-Star In Jim Carrey Comedy Series ‘Kidding’ On Showtime

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In her first series regular role, Catherine Keener (Get Out) has been cast opposite Jim Carrey in the upcoming Showtime half-hour comedy Kidding.

Created by Dave Holstein, and directed by Carrey’s Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind helmer Michel Gondry, the 10-episode Kidding centers on Jeff, aka Mr. Pickles (Carrey), 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.

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. She struggles to take the simple lessons preached by Jeff and apply them to the darker complications of actual parenting.

Carrey will executive produce with Gondry, Jason Bateman, Jim Garavente, Raffi Adlan, Michael Aguilar and Holstein who will serve as showrunner.

Keener co-starred in the HBO miniseries Show Me a Hero and in Jordan Peele’s praised Get Out which is getting awards attention. She will next be seen opposite Josh Brolin and Benicio Del Toro in Black Label Media’s Sicario sequel, Soldado, written by Taylor Sheridan and directed by Steffano Sollima. She also is part of the voice cast of Incredibles 2. Keener is repped by Gersh.

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