The Shrink Next Door: Apple Orders Will Ferrell, Paul Rudd Limited TV Series
Deadline is reporting that Apple has given a straight-to-series order on the eight-episode limited series The Shrink Next Door, which will serve as an onscreen reunion for stars Will Ferrell and Paul Rudd, who last appeared together in 2013’s Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues.
Directed by Michael Showalter (The Big Sick, The Lovebirds) based on a script by Georgia Pritchett (Succession, Veep) The Shrink Next Door is a dark comedy inspired by true events that detail the bizarre relationship between psychiatrist to the stars Dr. Isaac “Ike” Herschkopf, played by Rudd, and his longtime patient Martin “Marty” Markowitz, played by Ferrell. Over the course of their relationship, the all-too-charming Ike slowly takes over Marty’s life, even moving into Marty’s Hamptons home and taking over his family business. The series explores how a seemingly normal doctor-patient dynamic morphs into an unprecedentedly exploitative relationship filled with manipulation, power grabs, and dysfunction at its finest.
The Shrink Next Door is produced by Civic Center Media in association with MRC Television, Gloria Sanchez Productions, Semi-Formal Productions, Wondery, and Bloomberg Media. Ferrell, Jessica Elbaum, and Brittney Segal will executive produce for Gloria Sanchez Productions. Rudd and Pritchett will also serve as executive producers. Showalter and Jordana Mollick will executive produce on behalf of Semi-Formal Productions. Marshall Lewy for Wondery and Jared Sandberg, Katie Boyce, and Francesca Levy for Bloomberg Media will serve as executive producers, with the podcast’s host Joe Nocera as co-executive producer.
The new series will debut globally on Apple TV+.
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