Posted on Monday, September 10th, 2018 by Fred Topel
Showtime’s new dramedy Kidding stars Jim Carrey in a dramatic role. He plays children’s television host Jeff Pickles, star of Mr. Pickles’ Puppet Time, who sings songs to teach kids about life lessons, but inside he’s dealing with real pain. His son died in an automobile accident a year before, and he’s now estranged from his wife (Judy Greer) and surviving son.
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind filmmaker Michel Gondry directed the pilot (which is available to watch for free online right now) and five more episodes of Kidding. Gondry spoke with /Film before the Kidding panel at the Television Critics Association. Kidding premiered last night and airs Sunday nights on Showtime.
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Update 8/28: Entertainment Weekly is reporting that Showtime has yet to officially cancel Who is America, despite Cohen claiming that the most recent episode would be “the last EVER show”. I guess the joke’s on us and there’s still a chance the series could return for a second season after all. Our original article follows.
Comedian Sacha Baron Cohen appeared in two films in 2016 and then disappeared from screens for two years, laying dormant as he planned his next move. Then he burst onto the scene again with Who is America?, a surprise Showtime series that became controversial before it even aired its first episode. The first season came to an end last night, and Cohen says Who is America season 2 is not going to happen. Read More »
In 2015, two men broke out of a prison in upstate New York. They were helped by an employee who was having affairs with both of them, and a 20-day manhunt captured the nation’s imagination. Now, the incredible true story is getting the limited series treatment at Showtime with some heavy hitters on board to star. Patricia Arquette (Boyhood) plays the prison employee at the center of the controversy, Paul Dano (There Will Be Blood) plays one of the convicts, and Benicio Del Toro (Sicario) plays the mastermind of the prison break. And Ben Stiller (yes, that Ben Stiller) is directing.
Check out the Escape at Dannemora trailer below.
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In recent years, Jim Carrey has been much more focused on the kind of art he can paint or sculpt as opposed to the work he puts on the big screen. Since starring in Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, the actor has only delivered a couple praiseworthy performances, but now, in his first television regular role in over 20 years, Jim Carrey looks to be delivering something truly special and remarkable.
Kidding is a new Showtime series starring Jim Carrey as Mr. Pickles, the host of an iconic children’s television series known for bringing warmth and kindness into American’s households. But behind Mr. Pickles is Jeff, a totally regular dude who is slowly starting to lose his mind as his life completely falls apart. And as the new Kidding trailer illustrates, it looks darkly funny and heartbreaking. Read More »
Showtime executives spoke to the Television Critics Association on Monday. One of the major shows in development at the premium cable network is an adaptation of the hit video game series Halo. Kyle Killen is writing the Halo series and Rupert Wyatt will direct.
President of Programming at Showtime Gary Levine spoke with reporters following the executive panel. Showtime CEO David Nevins added some thoughts during the executive session. Find out how big a role Master Chief will have in the series, what the story is based on, where it may shoot and whether it’s Showtime’s answer to Game of Thrones.
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The third episode of Sacha Baron Cohen‘s headline-making comedy documentary series Who Is America? aired last night, and right on schedule, we have the clip that will easily be the most talked about from the latest installment of the Showtime series.
Remember Alabama senate candidate Roy Moore? He’s the Republican who lost a special election in December of 2017 for an Alabama senate seat when allegations surfaced that he had a sexual encounter with a 14-year old girl when the politician himself was 32 years old. Several other women also came forward with accusations of sexual misconduct and even assault when they were teens.
So in an interview segment with Roy Moore on Who Is America?, Sacha Baron Cohen’s anti-terrorist expert character Colonel Erran Morad introduced a new piece of technology that is, uh, scientifically able to detect whether someone is a pedophile. You can imagine how it plays out during the interview with the disgraced but somehow shameless politician, but you can also watch for yourself. Read More »
Comedian and professional provocateur Sacha Baron Cohen‘s comedy series Who is America? penetrated the pop culture zeitgeist with its surprise premiere this past weekend. But the numbers are in, and it turns out the ratings are smaller than expected.
Find out how many people actually tuned in, see some clips from the premiere, a teaser for the second episode, and learn about a viral website from one of Cohen’s new characters that’s been operational for months. Read More »
Tonight brings the debut of Sacha Baron Cohen‘s new series Who is America? to Showtime. The series hasn’t even aired and it’s already stirred up controversy as Sarah Palin admitted she had been duped by the comedian in an interview conducted by Sacha Baron Cohen in disguise. Plus, there have been rumors that Howard Dean, Alberto Gonzales, Bernie Sanders, Trent Lott, General David Patraeus, and Ted Koppel have all been tricked by Cohen too.
If you’re wondering if this show will be worth paying for Showtime for a little bit, the cable network has released 10 minutes from the series, revealing one of Sacha Baron Cohen’s new characters: Colonel Erran Morad, an anti-terror expert. In the sneak preview of the series, he talks about arming children in schools, even as young as kindergarten age. And you need to see for yourself what kind of support he gets for this insane initiative. Read More »
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Showtime has just announced that they’re adapting the mega-popular Xbox video game series Halo into a TV show, and it will begin shooting early next year. That sound you’re hearing? That’s the sound of fans’ heads exploding all over the damn world. Read on for more info about the Halo TV show below. Read More »
Russell Crowe is headed to TV for a new Showtime limited series focused on Fox News founder Roger Ailes. Ailes forever altered the political landscape with his polarizing news network, and later resigned amid sexual harassment allegations. Needless to say, this project is bound to be controversial.
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