Kidding Season 2: Premiere Date, Cast, Recap, Update

‘Kidding’ is an American comedy and drama television series that airs on Showtime. The series first premiered on September 9, 2018. It has been created by Dave Holstein. The show not only stars Jim Carrey, who is famous for his films like ‘The Mask‘, ‘The Truman Show‘, and ‘Ace Ventura’ but also has him as a co-executive producer. Some of the other notable executive producers include Jason Bateman, of ‘Ozark‘ fame, and Michel Gondry. Notably, this is Gondry’s second collaboration with Carrey after they worked together on the acclaimed ‘Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind‘.

The series is centered around Jeff, who is a famous icon on children’s television. We see this man struggling to retain his sanity, while his family and his life begins to fall apart. Naturally, the show has attracted a lot of fans because of Jim Carrey’s star power, yet ironically, it is the critics who have said that those who watch the show for the usual brand of Carrey’s slapstick comedy are bound to be disappointed, but if viewed objectively, the series is quite surprising in the poignant manner in which it explores both life and grief.

Kidding Cast: Who is in it?

Jim Carrey plays the central character if the show, Jeff Pickles. Jeff is a down to earth person who has been motivating the youth for years through his television show. Despite being a great mentor, the man is on the brink of depression. Others in the cast include Catherine Keener as Deirdre, the head puppet maker and Jeff’s sister, Frank Langella as Sebastian Piccirillo, the executive producer of Jeff’s show and his father. Judy Greer appears as Jill, Jeff’s estranged wife who happens to be a nurse, and Cole Allen as Will, one of Jeff and Jill’s twin sons. Apart from the main cast, there is a host of supporting characters, and they all help to make the show a more immersive experience for the audience.

In the upcoming season, hopefully, we will see the main cast members return, and they might be joined by some new characters as well, and it will be interesting to see how Jeff interacts with them, and if they have an impact on him or his family.

Kidding Plot: What is it about?

The main plot of ‘Kidding’ revolves around Jeff Piccirillo who performs as Jeff Pickles. Mr. Pickles is an icon of children’s television. He comes with a wealth of knowledge and all the humility in the world. His TV show inspires parents of his generation and motivates the younger generation. Both on and off screen, Mr. Pickles is the most polite person one would come across. He is shown to have a long-running show on PBS, that has gone on for thirty years. His show is titled ‘Mr. Pickles’ Puppet Time’.

The show and Mr. Pickles appeals to the kids with its intriguing fables and several puppets who are regulars on the show. However, his personal life takes a U-turn with his wife leaving him, and the aftereffects it has with his two sons, who turn hostile towards him. His relationship with his sister and father also deteriorates. Eventually, circumstances become more than what he can handle. He slowly loses his sanity, which is both hilarious and heartbreaking at the same time.

“There are so many choices, so many ways and forms to do things in now, and it just takes your pick of the litter in regards to where you want to go. The hardest thing is cutting through the clutter. The only hope of cutting through the clutter these days; you have to go bigger than everyone else, or you’re lopping ten heads off per episode, or you hit a nerve and touch people in a place that’s real. Because nothing gets to the back row like the truth. If the truth is in there, people will be interested. They want to see themselves, they want to see their truth,” said Carrey when he was asked what his thoughts were on the state of big-screen comedy and whether it’s strictly destined for in-home portals.

“The idea of identity, the search for the identity of who you are; what’s an authentic person has always been attractive to me. The idea of being hit by a freight train in life and hanging on to the idea of yourself, that’s attractive,” he added.

However, in the show, Jeff is so relentlessly good in a bad world that it sometimes becomes irritating. However, we later get to realize that this is perhaps his way of processing grief and this is what stops Carrey’s character from slipping from the realm of reality to that of pure sentimentalism.

Hopefully, in the upcoming season, there will be more hilarity and heartbreaks. The story will further take a darker turn as Jim Carrey will be seen coping with the pressures of being the face of a multimillion-dollar branding empire that shows him as a kindly friend to all. It simply does not get better than Jim Carrey in the comedy genre.

Kidding Season 2 Release Date: When will it premiere?

‘Kidding’ Season 1 premiered on  September 9, 2018. On October 10, 2018, Showtime decided to renew the show for another season. The President of Programming, Gary Levine was all praises for the show at the time of renewal, even calling it “endearing and inventive”. He also reserved high praise for Jim Carrey and Catherine Keener’s performances. He said, “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.” While no official release date has been set for next season, going by the pattern of the previous season, there is a good chance that the ‘Kidding’ Season 2 could air sometime in September 2019. However, do stay tuned for an official update.

Kidding Trailer:

While we wait for the release of Kidding season 2, check out the season 1 trailer to refresh your memories. If you haven’t seen the show yet head over to Showtime to catch all the episodes of the previous season.

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