By Isaac Feldberg
June 07, 2018 at 05:28 PM EDT

Showtime has debuted the first trailer for Kidding, a fall dramedy that will reteam comedy legend Jim Carrey with his Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind director Michel Gondry.

And if the first look is any indication, it’s easy to see what drew the pair to this project, which finds Carrey playing Jeff, a Mr. Rogers-type mired in a midlife crisis after his family life implodes.

As Mr. Pickles, Jeff is a beacon of kindness and wisdom to the impressionable youth of America; but on the homefront, he’s failed to save his marriage, and he’s beginning to lose his grip on reality as he struggles to come to terms with the separation. Think The Mope-ets or Fragile Rock.

Adds Showtime’s synopsis: “Jeff finds no fairytale, fable, or puppet will guide him through this crisis, which advances faster than his means to cope. The result: A kind man in a cruel world faces a slow leak of sanity as hilarious as it is heartbreaking.” Judy Greer, Justin Kirk, Catherine Keener, and Frank Langella costar.

Gondry’s stylistic fingerprints are all over the trailer, which features a lucent visual palette and glimpses of what look to be dream sequences. He’s on board as an executive producer and directed several episodes, including the pilot. And Carrey, judging by that one heart-wrencher of a shot in the trailer (you’ll know it when you see it), is in peak tragicomic form here.

The last time Carrey and Gondry worked together was on 2004’s Eternal Sunshine, which won the Oscar for original screenplay. Kidding was created by Dave Holstein (Weeds), who will serve as showrunner. It’s Showtime’s second venture with Carrey, who also exec-produces the standup dramedy I’m Dying Up Here. For Carrey, Kidding also marks a long-awaited return to acting on television; it’s his first series regular role since he starred on Fox’s In Living Color two decades ago.

Kidding premieres Sept. 9, with a first season order of 10 episodes.