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Posted Monday 10/15/18 at 9:45AM EDT
Big-name movie stars like Jim Carrey and Sean Penn aren't finding success on the small screen
Source: Page Six
Carrey's Showtime comedy Kidding has been "losing so many viewers, insiders were shocked Wednesday when it was renewed for a second season," according to Page Six. Only about 199,000 tuned in for last week's episode. Meanwhile, Penn's Hulu series The First failed to garner any buzz. “What it proves is, it doesn’t matter how big a star it is, the show is what matters — not the star,” says TV ratings expert Marc Berman.
Posted Wednesday 10/10/18 at 1:29PM EDT
Showtime renews Jim Carrey's Kidding for Season 2
”Kidding has established itself as one of the most endearing and inventive shows on television,” said Showtime president of programming Gary Levine in a statement. “I feel like I have been watching Mr. Pickles my whole life, and I look forward to being entranced by his unique blend of hilarity and heartbreak in Season 2.”
Posted Friday 9/28/18 at 11:40PM EDT
Showtime cancels I'm Dying Up Here after two seasons
The Jim Carrey-produced drama series revolving around the 1970s Los Angeles standup comedy scene was one of Showtime's least-watched shows, averaging 143,000 viewers.
Posted Tuesday 9/18/18 at 3:13PM EDT
Jim Carrey had Kidding cast two of his former In Living Color colleagues
“This was a great opportunity for audiences to see him reunited with these exceptional talents,” said casting director Amber Wakefield of the guest appearances of Kelly Coffield Park and T’Keyah Crystal Keymáh, who co-starred with Carrey on the iconic Fox sketch comedy show.
Posted Tuesday 9/11/18 at 12:52PM EDT
Shameless ratings slip with Season 9 premiere while Jim Carrey's Kidding has an okay debut
About 1.31 million watched the premiere of Emmy Rossum's final season of Shameless. That's down from the 1.86 million who watched the Season 8 premiere, but up from the 1.24 million who tuned in for the Season 7 opener. Carrey's Kidding, meanwhile, attracted 443,000 viewers with its premiere after Shameless. Last year, SMILF debuted in the post-Shameless slot with 768,000 viewers.
Posted Saturday 9/08/18 at 12:54AM EDT
The This Is Us effect: Jim Carrey's Kidding is among new batch of shows dealing with loss and grief
This Is Us surprised many by becoming a massive hit with its in-depth exploration of death and grief. Its success seems to have inspired a trend this fall of shows that also feature characters struggling to come to terms with the loss of a loved one, including ABC's A Million Little Things, Hulu's The First, Facebook Watch's Sorry for Your Loss and Showtime's Kidding. “There’s a catharsis we all feel to watch a character go through things," says Sorry for Your Loss showrunner Lizzy Weiss. "We want to cry sometimes — we want that to feel human and to feel normal — and to cry with her over her loss, you’re of course crying over your loss." A Million Little Things creator DJ Nash adds: “I think when you lose somebody too soon, their death can be a catalyst to make you start living. While the show starts with the loss of a friend, it’s very much about how it will influence his friends. … We’re going to watch how their lives are different because of this sort of last gift they got from their friend, this gift of life is ‘precious.'” Kidding creator Dave Holstein, who wrote the Showtime series with Jim Carrey in mind, says: “Grief and death are interesting topics, but they’re really hard to write 100 episodes (about), so what struck me was not to write a show about grief and death specifically but this interesting line I think you can draw between grief and loss, and identity crisis.”
Posted Saturday 9/08/18 at 12:54AM EDT
Kidding is the culmination of everything Jim Carrey has done so far, resulting in a career-best performance
The Showtime series is the first project that Carrey has taken on that perfectly suits his unusual, wide-ranging entertainment career. "In short: Jim Carrey is a complicated guy whose personal and professional inclinations seem destined, in the end, to alienate everyone," says Scott Meslow. "And it’s that messy, contradictory Jim Carrey who shows up in Showtime’s new dramedy Kidding, which offers Carrey’s first recurring TV role since In Living Color. And while that might sound like a back-to-basics pivot, the most interesting thing about Kidding is that it feels like it contains some version of everything Jim Carrey has done up to this point. The series, like its star, seems laser-focused on tackling the trickiest questions about what it means to be alive with both whimsy and wisdom." As Meslow points out, "Kidding could go the Death to Smoochy route, revealing that the beloved children’s entertainer is actually a psychopathic scumbag off-camera. But Kidding has more than lazy, ironic counterpointing on its mind," portraying Carrey's children's show host character as a "fundamentally gentle soul whose life has been wracked by tragedy."
- Jim Carrey is too big for the TV screen: "The man who was once known for his rubber face and high-key catch phrases feels too large for the small screen even when he is doing nothing at all," says Brenden Gallagher. "Carrey is keenly self-aware of his larger than life presence and attempts to register a performance that ranges between listless and apathetic. But, even when playing a character who is not doing very much, he is, well, too much."
- Kidding misunderstands the appeal of Carrey: It's very hard to grasp that his character was ever, at any point, genial and nonthreatening
- Kidding crafts a winning combination of searing humor and pathos, blending hopefulness and blunt reality in a way that's truly original
- Mr. Rogers would appreciate Kidding: "At its core, it offers a story to grown-ups about healing and forgiveness"
- Carrey's bubble-blowing, ukulele-strumming, soft frowns, and befuddlement are all used expertly here to build tension
- Kidding is bitterly funny, wise, heartbreaking -- and disturbing
- Carrey isn’t showing us anything we haven’t seen before: The first four episodes constitute a character study more than a TV show
- It feels as though Kidding is not quite confident that its two elegiac central questions—how to be sad and how to be good—are interesting enough
- Kidding is a comedy that isn’t particularly funny, a drama that isn’t particularly wrenching, and a character study that isn’t particularly satisfying
- Creator Dave Holstein wrote Kidding in secret without telling Carrey
- Director Michael Gondry credits Carrey for being willing to "go far" for Kidding role
Posted Thursday 9/06/18 at 2:04PM EDT
Jim Carrey calls for an In Living Color revival
"That show really needs to happen! That show needs to exist," the In Living Color alum told ET while promoting his new show Kidding. "Especially now, man. There's so much to eat up and spit out so I'd love to see it reconstitute itself in another form."
Posted Friday 8/31/18 at 2:43PM EDT
Jim Carrey's Kidding premiere episode is now available to watch online
Source: TV Guide
Showtime has posted the first episode of Carrey's kids' show host comedy-drama on YouTube, Facebook and its Sho.com website. Kidding makes its formal TV debut on Sunday, Sept. 9.
Posted Wednesday 8/15/18 at 2:13PM EDT
Don't call Jim Carrey Showtime Kidding series a comeback to show business
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
"I'm not back in the same way," the 56-year-old Carrey says in a Hollywood Reporter profile. "I don't feel I'm little Jim trying to hang on to a place in the stratosphere anymore — I don't feel like I'm trying to hold on to anything."
Posted Tuesday 8/07/18 at 4:22AM EDT
Jim Carrey says of Showtime's Kidding: "there’s definitely something in this piece that calls to me"
“The search for identity is a theme that’s always been attractive to me,” Carrey said of playing an iconic children's TV host who is troubled in real life.
Posted Monday 8/06/18 at 6:42PM EDT
Jim Carrey's Kidding unveils its official trailer
Watch Carrey play a kids' TV icon named Mr. Pickles who is suffering from a real-life crisis. Kidding premieres on Showtime on Sept. 9.
Posted Tuesday 6/12/18 at 1:37PM EDT
Tara Lipinski to play herself on Jim Carrey's Kidding
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
The NBC figure skating commentator and gold medal-winning ice skater will appear in multiple episodes of the Showtime comedy. Lipinski last played herself on a 2016 episode of NBC's Superstore.
Posted Thursday 6/07/18 at 5:41PM EDT
Showtime unveils Jim Carrey's Kidding official trailer
Kidding stars Carrey, Catherine Keener and Judy Greer as a Mister Rogers-like kids' TV icon named Mr. Pickles whose personal life in shambles. The Showtime comedy debuts on Sept. 9 after the season premiere of Shameless.
Posted Wednesday 6/06/18 at 6:44PM EDT
Check out long-haired Jim Carrey in his Showtime Kidding role
Carrey plays a beloved kids' TV host named Mr. Pickles who's experiencing a personal crisis.