Will Ferrell and Paul Rudd, who are reteaming on screen for the first time since Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues, will star in the series as the patient and therapist, respectively; with Michael Showalter directing and Georgia Pritchett writing.
Based on the acclaimed Wondery and Bloomberg Media podcast and inspired by true events, The Shrink Next Door is a dark comedy following the bizarre relationship between psychiatrist to the stars Dr. Isaac “Ike” Herschkopf played by Paul Rudd, and his longtime patient Martin “Marty” Markowitz, played by Will Ferrell.
Over the course of their relationship, the all-too-charming Ike slowly takes over Marty’s life, even moving into Marty’s home and taking over his family business. The series explores how a seemingly normal doctor-patient dynamic morphs into an unprecedentedly exploitative one filled with manipulation, power grabs, and dysfunction at its finest.
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.
Hernan Lopez and Marshall Lewy for Wondery and Jared Sandberg, Katie Boyce, and Francesca Levy for Bloomberg Media will serve as executive producers, with Joe Nocera as co-executive producer.
The Shrink Next Door is a Civic Center Media project in association with MRC Television.
Actor/Writer/Producer Ferrell, who starred for seven seasons on Saturday Night Live, has created some of the most iconic and beloved characters in films such as Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy, Elf, Step Brothers, and Stranger Than Fiction to name a few.
Along with partner Jessica Elbaum, Ferrell is a co-founder of Gloria Sanchez Productions.
Ferrell will soon be seen starring in the Gloria Sanchez-produced film Eurovision, along with Rachel McAdams. Written by Ferrell and Andrew Steele, Eurovision premieres on Netflix this May. Ferrell can currently be seen in the Searchlight Pictures film Downhill alongside Julia Louis-Dreyfus.
Paul Rudd starred in the Netflix series Living with Yourself, for which he was nominated for a Golden Globe Award and Critics’ Choice Award for “Best Actor in a Musical or Comedy Television Series.” He recently starred in Marvel’s Avengers: Endgame, the largest-grossing film of all time, with a box office of $2.8 billion.
Rudd will next be seen starring in Jason Reitman’s Ghostbusters: Afterlife on July 10, 2020.
Civic Center Media in association with MRC Television’s current series include HBO’s The Outsider, based on the Stephen King novel, which stars Ben Mendelsohn and Cynthia Erivo and was adapted for television by Richard Price; and The Great, starring Elle Fanning and Nicholas Hoult, which will premiere on Hulu May 15, 2020. The company recently announced The Terminal List in development with Chris Pratt, Antoine Fuqua and David DiGilio.