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Not quite eternal sunshine in Jim Carrey's 'Kidding'




Deirdre (Catherine Keener) and Jeff (Jim Carrey) share a moment — and a deeper connection — in Showtime series,
Deirdre (Catherine Keener) and Jeff (Jim Carrey) share a moment — and a deeper connection — in Showtime series, "Kidding."
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Jim Carrey plays a Mr. Rogers-type who has serious issues

(Starts at 9:04)

The comedian returns to TV with a decidedly offbeat series for Showtime, which reunites him with "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind" director Michel Gondry. Carrey makes his return to TV for the first time in over 20 years as Jeff Pickles, a television host on a kids' show called “Mr. Pickles’ Puppet Time,” who’s suffered a recent tragedy. Surrounded by cavorting puppets and clad in sweater vests, Mr. Pickles makes for a lovable figure and commercially successful brand. But off the air, he’s a complete mess — failing as both a husband and father.John Horn spoke with Gondry and series creator Dave Holstein. 

Ethan Hawke dons his directing hat for "Blaze"

(Starts at 21:07)

The actor was determined to tell the story of the troubled and ill-fated Texas C&W singer, Blaze Foley.

In the wake of the CBS/Les Moonves mess

(Starts at 1:04)

Now that the network executive is gone, what happens next for the network — and what does this episode mean for the #Time'sUp movement? John talks with Variety TV editor Cynthia Littleton.