Kidding has been nixed at Showtime after two seasons. The half-hour dramedy was a critical hit, but at the end of its sophomore run the Jim Carrey-led series was landing just 54,000 same-day viewers.
Showtime had originally built the project in-house with creator Dave Holstein (I’m Dying Up Here) and Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind director Michel Gondry, and anticipation was high for the show, which marked Carrey’s first real TV dalliance since appearing on In Living Color many, many years ago.
“After two seasons, Kidding has concluded its run on Showtime,” reads a statement on the series’ cancelation. “We are very proud to have aired this imaginative, critically acclaimed and rewarding series, and we would like to thank Jim Carrey, Dave Holstein, Michael Aguilar, Michel Gondry and the entire cast and crew for their brilliant and tireless work.”
In Kidding, Jim Carrey plays the Jeff Piccirillo, a man who has forged a career on TV as a beloved Fred Rogers-ish children’s presenter called Mr. Pickles, but after Jeff’s son dies in a car accident, he starts to fall apart emotionally. A strong supporting cast that included Frank Langella, Judy Greer, Cole Allen, Juliet Morris, and Catherine Keener co-starred alongside the expressive comedian.