“Anchorman” alums Paul Rudd and Will Ferrell are moving from newscasters to psychiatrists as they reunite for a new comedy series titled “The Shrink Next Door.”
According to Variety, the series is inspired by true events and, “is described as a dark comedy that chronicles the strange and persuasive relationship between psychiatrist to the stars Dr. Isaac “Ike” Herschkopf (Rudd) and patient Martin “Marty” Markowitz (Ferrell). Over the course of the series, Ike begins to infiltrate Marty’s life, which includes moving into his home and running his family business.
While no network or streaming service is yet attached, “The Big Sick” and “The Lovebirds” director Michael Showalter will helm the series with “Veep” and “Succession“‘s Georgia Pritchett writing and executive producing. Both Ferrell and Rudd are also set to executive produce.
Media Rights Capital (MRC) Television is developing the series which will mark the first time Ferrell and Rudd have appeared together on screen since 2013’s “Anchorman 2.” Ferrell currently co-stars alongside Julia Louis-Dreyfus in the Sundance comedy “Downhill,” while Rudd has enjoyed time over in the MCU as Ant-Man and doubling as two versions of himself in the Netflix series “Living with Yourself.” Ferrell can be found next in Netflix’s new comedy “Eurovision” with Rudd anchoring Jason Reitman’s “Ghostbusters: Afterlife.”
While nothing is set in stone, it’ll be impossible to imagine “The Shrink Next Door” not finding a home in the near future. The thought of Rudd’s twisted psychiatrist conning a seemingly innocent Ferrell is too enticing of a concept not to pick up. Plus, given their proven comedic chops, star power, and natural chemistry, the series has all the makings to be comedy gold.