Showtime's 'Kidding' Trailer, or: What Would Happen to Mr. Rogers in the Trump Era?
I have three wonderful children, whom I spend most days alternating between loving unconditionally and wanting to throw them through a window. But the people I really, seriously admire are preschool teachers, who somehow spend 8 hours every day with 10-15 hellions, and yet: I have never seen a single preschool teacher lose his or her cool. They’re so patient. And kind. And they speak with their soft but commanding voices, and the children — they listen. It blows my fucking mind, and I often wonder if they go home after a long day and just break shit. Like, they’ve got junk cars out in their backyards that they just take baseball bats to in order to get it all out of their systems so that they can go back the next day and confront these hellish beasts with no impulse control.
Related: Showtime’s new series, Kidding, stars Jim Carrey as a Fred Rogers type who goes by the name of Mr. Pickles. But it imagines a Mr. Rogers in this climate, in this cruel world, a place where you can be the most beloved television figure of all time and still some asshole from Pennsyltucky would throw a battery at your head if he found out you voted for Killary.
How do you maintain that facade? How do you preach kindness in a world where everyone wants to kill each other? How do you hold on to your sanity?
Kidding suggests that you don’t, and I don’t know where the Showtime series — from the mind of Michel Gondry — is going, but I wouldn’t be surprised if the first season ends with Mr. Pickle throwing a body into the ocean. I am here for that.
Anyway, here’s the trailer. Watch Jim Carrey slowly go insane/earn an Emmy nomination.
From Director @MichelGondry, @JimCarrey stars as Mr. Pickles in @SHOKidding. As hilarious as it is heartbreaking, a kind man in a cruel world faces a slow leak of sanity. Series premiere Sunday Sept 9 on #Showtime. pic.twitter.com/HhYLWW5keh— Showtime (@Showtime) June 7, 2018
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