Jim Carrey is headed back to the small screen.
The actor will star in a scripted comedy called “Kidding,” Showtime announced Thursday.
The show, which has already been picked up on a 10-episode straight-to-series order, marks Carrey’s first regular TV role since “In Living Color,” the 1990s sketch show on which he spent five seasons.
Carrey “will play Jeff, a.k.a. Mr. Pickles, an icon of children’s television, who also anchors a multimillion dollar branding empire,” according to the Hollywood Reporter.
“But when his family 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.”
“Kidding” will reunite Carrey with Michael Gondry, who directed him in “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind.”
Dave Holstein created the series, wrote the pilot and will serve as showrunner, while Carrey and Gondry will serve as executive producers along with Jason Bateman, Raffi Adlan, Jim Garavente, and “I’m Dying Up Here” executive producer Michael Aguilar.
“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 in a statement.
“With his ‘Eternal Sunshine’ partner Michel Gondry on board to direct, we are on our way to a magnetic, volcanic and emotional viewing experience.”