Jim Carrey to star in Showtime straight-to-series comedy from Michel Gondry

Showtime is expanding its relationship with Jim Carrey.

The premium cable network has handed out a 10-episode straight-to-series order for scripted comedy Kidding, starring the I'm Dying Up Here exec producer.

The half-hour comedy will reunite Carrey with his Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind writer-director Michel Gondry, who will helm the series, as well as with I'm Dying Up Here co-EP Dave Holstein, who created the new series. The show is proudced in-house at Showtime.

Read more: 'I'm Dying Up Here' Renewed for Season 2 at Showtime

Carrey will star in Kidding as Jeff (aka Mr. Pickles), an icon of children's TV, 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 his family (his 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.

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MONTREAL, QC - JULY 28: Jim Carrey attends the Just For Laughs Comedy Festival 2017 held at the Hyatt Regency on July 28, 2017 in Montreal, Canada. (Photo by GP Images/Getty Images)
TORONTO, ON - SEPTEMBER 11: Jim Carrey attends the 'Jim & Andy: The Great Beyond' premiere during the 2017 Toronto International Film Festival at Winter Garden Theatre on September 11, 2017 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by Phillip Faraone/Getty Images)
TORONTO, ON - SEPTEMBER 11: Actor/comedian Jim Carrey speaks to the media at the premiere of 'Jim & Andy: The Great Beyond' during the 2017 Toronto International Film Festival at Winter Garden Theatre on September 11, 2017 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by J. Countess/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 08: Jim Carrey attends 2017 Harper's Bazaar Icons at The Plaza Hotel on September 8, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Michael Stewart/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 08: Jim Carrey and David Copperfield attend the 2017 Harper ICONS party at The Plaza Hotel on September 8, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Taylor Hill/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 07: (EXCLUSIVE COVERAGE) Michael Moore and Jim Carrey perform as Carrey guest stars and makes his broadway debut in 'Michael Moore's play 'The Terms of My Surrender' on Broadway at The Belasco Theatre on September 7, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Bruce Glikas/Bruce Glikas/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 07: (EXCLUSIVE COVERAGE) Jim Carrey guest stars and makes his broadway debut in 'Michael Moore's play 'The Terms of My Surrender' on Broadway at The Belasco Theatre on September 7, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Bruce Glikas/Bruce Glikas/FilmMagic)
Venice, ITALY - September 5: Actor Jim Carrey attends the red carpet of 'Jim & Andy: The Great Beyond. The Story of Jim Carrey, Andy Kaufman and Tony Clifton' during 74th Venice International Film Festival at Palazzo del Casino in Lido of Venice, Italy on September 5, 2017. (Photo by primo barol/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
VENICE, ITALY - SEPTEMBER 05: Jim Carrey walks the red carpet ahead of the Jim & Andy: The Great Beyond - The Story of Jim Carrey & Andy Kaufman Featuring a Very Special, Contractually Obligated Mention of Tony Clifton' screening during the 74th Venice Film Festival at Sala Grande on September 5, 2017 in Venice, Italy. (Photo by Stefania D'Alessandro/WireImage)
VENICE, ITALY - SEPTEMBER 05: Jim Carrey attends the 'Jim & Andy: The Great Beyond - The Story Of Jim Carrey & Andy Kaufman With A Very Special, Contractually Obligated Mention Of Tony Clifton' photocall during the 74th Venice Film Festival on September 5, 2017 in Venice, Italy. PHOTOGRAPH BY P. Lehman / Barcroft Images (Photo credit should read P. Lehman / Barcroft Images / Barcroft Media via Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - MAY 31: Producer Jim Carrey attends the premiere of 'I'm Dying Up Here' at DGA Theater on May 31, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic)
LOS ANGELES, CA - MAY 31: Producer Jim Carrey attends the premiere of 'I'm Dying Up Here' at DGA Theater on May 31, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic)
LOS ANGELES - MAY 23: Jim Carrey chats in the green room with James Corden during 'The Late Late Show with James Corden,' Tuesday, May 23, 2017 (12:35 PM-1:37 AM ET/PT) On The CBS Television Network. (Photo by Terence Patrick/CBS via Getty Images)
JIMMY KIMMEL LIVE - 'Jimmy Kimmel Live' airs every weeknight at 11:35 p.m. EST and features a diverse lineup of guests that includes celebrities, athletes, musical acts, comedians and human-interest subjects, along with comedy bits and a house band. The guests for Monday, May 22 included Jim Carrey ('I'm Dying Up Here'), Rachel Lindsay ('The Bachelorette') and musical guest Bush. (Randy Holmes via Getty Images) JIMMY KIMMEL, JIM CARREY
JIMMY KIMMEL LIVE - 'Jimmy Kimmel Live' airs every weeknight at 11:35 p.m. EST and features a diverse lineup of guests that includes celebrities, athletes, musical acts, comedians and human-interest subjects, along with comedy bits and a house band. The guests for Monday, May 22 included Jim Carrey ('I'm Dying Up Here'), Rachel Lindsay ('The Bachelorette') and musical guest Bush. (Randy Holmes via Getty Images) JIM CARREY
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - MAY 17: Mel Brooks and Jim Carrey at the LA Premiere of 'If You're Not In The Obit, Eat Breakfast' from HBO Documentaries on May 17, 2017 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic)
LOS ANGELES, CA - MAY 22: Jim Carrey is seen at 'Jimmy Kimmel Live' on May 22, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by RB/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)
PASADENA, CA - JANUARY 09: Executive producer Jim Carrey of the television show 'i'm Dying up here' speaks onstage during the Showtime portion of the 2017 Winter Television Critics Association Press Tour at the Langham Hotel on January 9, 2017 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - AUGUST 08: Jim Carrey is seen at LAX on August 08, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by starzfly/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 30: Jim Carrey, Gilbert Gottfried, Jim Gaffigan and Vanessa Bayer attend An Amazing Night Of Comedy: A David Lynch Foundation Benefit For Veterans With PTSD on April 30, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Craig Barritt/Getty Images for David Lynch Foundation)
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - SEPTEMBER 17: (L-R) Jim Carrey, Ari Graynor and Michael Angarano attend the Showtime Emmy Eve Party at Sunset Tower on September 17, 2016 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Tibrina Hobson/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - APRIL 08: Jeff Ross, Jerry Lewis, Richard Belzer and Jim Carrey attend 90th Birthday Of Jerry Lewis at The Friars Club on April 8, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by John Lamparski/WireImage)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JANUARY 10: In this handout photo provided by NBCUniversal, Presenter Jim Carrey speaks onstage during the 73rd Annual Golden Globe Awards at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 10, 2016 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Paul Drinkwater/NBCUniversal via Getty Images)
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"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," Showtime CEO David Nevins said. “With his Eternal Sunshine partner Michel Gondry on board to direct, we are on our way to a magnetic, volcanic and emotional viewing experience."

Read more: Jim Carrey on Showtime's 'I'm Dying Up Here' and Why He Won't Return to Stand-Up Anytime Soon

Kidding marks Carrey's first series regular television role in more than two decades and comes after the actor and comedian spent five seasons starring on variety/sketch show In Living Color. Before that, he got his first lead role in Hollywood in NBC's short-lived The Duck Factory comedy in 1984.

Kidding will be exec produced by Carrey, Eternal Sunshine Oscar winner Gondry, Jason Bateman (Arrested Development, Ozark) and his Aggregate Films exec Jim Garavente, Raffi Adlan (The Green Hornet) as well as Michael Aguilar (I'm Dying Up Here). Holstein, whose credits also include Weeds and Raising Hope, will serve as showrunner. The series marks Gondry's largest TV commitment to date.

The order for Kidding comes less than a week after Showtime renewed low-rated 1970s-set stand-up comedy drama series I'm Dying Up Here — in which Carrey serves as an exec producer — for a second season.

Kidding comes as Showtime is poised to launch two new half-hour series this year — White Famous (starring Jay Pharoah) and SMILF (written, starring and directed by Frankie Shaw). The cabler will next say farewell to veteran comedy Episodes and has a decision to make on the future of Andrew Dice Clay comedy Dice. 

Carrey next has Netflix documentary Jim & Andy, which debuted to solid reviews at the Toronto International Film Festival.

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Carrey is repped by WME and Jackoway Tyerman; Gondry (The Green Hornet, Be Kind Rewind) is with WME and Sloane Offer; Holstein is with CAA.

A premiere date has not yet been determined.

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