‘Anchorman’ co-stars Paul Rudd and Will Ferrell will reunite on-screen once again in ‘The Shrink Next Door’, an upcoming 8 episode limited series. Apple today unveiled the first teaser for the show and while many would understandably expect a new project starring the two to be a light-hearted affair, the first look hints at something much more sinister.
The dark comedy series focuses on the unconventional relationship between psychiatrist Dr. Isaac ‘Ike’ Herschkopf (Rudd) and his patient Martin ‘Marty’ Markowitz (Ferrell). Herschkopf, who is a psychiatrist to famous celebrities and wealthy elites, forms a bond with Marty and slowly begins to embed himself into his life, testing boundaries and even moving into his home and getting involved in his family business.
Set to a remix of Billy Joel’s ‘My Life’, the teaser also introduces Kathryn Hahn, who plays Marty’s sister Phyllis, who tells her brother of her distrust in Ike as some rather ominous flashes of what’s to come are teased.
The story is inspired by true events documented in the nine-episode Wondery podcast of the same name, which tells the story of a psychiatrist who abused his relationship with his patients in order to exploit them for his own personal gain. The podcast originally premiered in May 2019 and topped Apple’s podcast charts for three weeks before winning the 2020 Webby Award in the documentary podcast category.
Ferrell and Rudd also serve as executive producers on the show, which is written by Georgia Pritchett (‘Succession’, ‘Veep’) and directed by Michael Showalter (‘The Big Sick’). It will debut globally with three episodes and new episodes will premiere weekly.
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