Kidding (Showtime) – Premieres 9th September – Renewed
A comedy drama that follows Jeff Piccirillo, a legendary childrens tv entertainer, a year after the death of one of his sons. Where after an appearance on Conan, pitched the idea to his producer/father Seb that he should do a show that talks about death.
Seb shoots down the idea fearing that Jeff still hasn’t dealt with the loss and could set him down the path of a breakdown. After the rebuttal Jeff head to his old family home where his surviving son and separated wife live, and discovers that his son still blames his mother for the loss, and that he believe his wife still having trouble dealing with the loss.
While this is going on, Jeffs sister and show puppeteer, Dierdre finds out that her husband is having an affair with their next door neighbour. After her daughter tells her that she saw the neighbour tugging her dad off when she was taking in the groceries.
The next day, Jeff again pitches the idea on a show on death again, where Seb acquiesces, then after filming, Jeff goes to watch the show on tv only to find that it wasn’t aired. So in retaliation hacks off some of his hair, and buys the house next to his old family home where he finds out that his wife is seeing someone.
While this is in heavily on the drama side of a comedy drama, is does have a couple of small moment of lightness in it. Though the impending breakdown of Jeff makes it something you want to check the next episode for. It’s a solid opener.