The Shrink Next Door starring Will Ferrell and Paul Rudd heads for Apple TV+

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“The Shrink Next Door” will star Paul Rudd and Will Ferrell
Paul Rudd and Will Ferrell appeared in the Anchorman movies, and now these brilliant comedians are headed for Apple TV+.
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Apple TV+ picked up a comedy starring a couple of household names on Thursday. Apple gave a straight-to-series order to The Shrink Next Door, a new, eight-episode limited series starring Will Ferrell and Paul Rudd.

The Shrink Next Door jumps from podcast to screen

It’ll be a dark comedy inspired by true events that detail the bizarre relationship between psychiatrist-to-the-stars Dr. Isaac “Ike” Herschkopf (Rudd) and his longtime patient Martin “Marty” Markowitz (Ferrell). “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,” said Apple in a statement.

It’s based on a 2019 podcast of the same name. The project will team Ferrell and Rudd on screen together for the first time since Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues.

Apple didn’t announce today when The Shrink Next Door will debut on its streaming TV service. The company also didn’t reveal what it paid for the rights to this show, just pointing out it was bidding in “a highly competitive situation.”

Apple TV+ offers star power

Although Apple TV+ only debuted last autumn, it includes a number of shows with big names. Chris Evans will debut Friday in the leading roll of Defending Jacob. On of the highlights of last fall’s lineup was The Morning Show staring Jennifer Aniston, Reese Witherspoon, and Steve Carell. Or there’s See starring Jason Momoa.