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'The Shrink Next Door' TV Series Set To Star Will Ferrell, Paul Rudd

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By Kasey Williams

As the world shifts more and more into the realm of streaming services and miniseries, actors from all backgrounds are jumping in.

This time, it's Paul Rudd and Will Ferrell, two familiar faces from the Anchorman series, teaming up on a dark comedy entitled The Shrink Next Door.

MRC Television is planning to shop the television series to all premium networks (e.g. HBO, Showtime) and several streaming services (e.g. Netflix, Hulu, Amazon) . Both Ferrell and Rudd are starring and executive producing the show

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Per The Hollywood Reporter: Based on the podcast, which was inspired by true events, The Shrink Next Door follows the bizarre relationship between psychiatrist to the stars Dr. Isaac "Ike" Herschkopf (Rudd), and his longtime patient Martin "Marty" Markowitz (Ferrell).

During 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.

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Michael Showalter, who directed the Wet Hot American Summer franchise, which also features Rudd, will direct the show alongside writer Georgia Pritchett.

Pritchett has won multiple awards over the years, including four Emmys, five Writers Guild Awards, a Golden Globe Award and a BAFTA. She currently writes and produces HBO's Emmy and Golden Globe-winning series Succession, which is currently heading into season 3.

She also wrote and produced HBO's Veep, which ran for seven seasons and garnered several awards along the way.

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Rudd comes off his Golden Globe-nominated performance on the Netflix show Living With Yourself, where he played twins. Reports have yet to indicate whether or not a second season of the show will be greenlit, but the show's positive reception may convince Netflix to pursue the idea further.

He had a big 2019, also starring in Avengers: Endgame, which set box office records and achieved critical acclaim. He also made appearances on several shows, including Conan and Saturday Night Live.

Don't forget his viral meme from last year, either.


Ferrell, who's been a stalwart in the comedy genre for decades, has rarely stepped out of his comfort zone. Most recently, he starred alongside Julia Louis-Dreyfus in the much-maligned comedy Downhill, which debuted last weekend to little fanfare and disappointing box office returns.

However, his work on comedy classics like Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby, Step Brothers, Elf, Anchorman, and many more has solidified him as one of the great comedic actors of the 21st century. Perhaps he's allowed a few missed swings.

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