The 'Anchorman' stars are teaming up once again for a new TV series.
The new series on Apple TV+ will pit both 'Anchorman' actors as a therapist and his patient, with Rudd playing the role of the "experimental" doctor. Kathryn Hahn from 'WandaVision' joins as Ferrell's on-screen sister who doesn't approve of his therapist; while Casey Wilson from 'Atypical' and 'Happy Endings' also stars, as Paul Rudd's on-screen wife.
'The Shrink Next Door' is set in the '80s and is inspired by the highly-regarded true story podcast about Marty Markowitz and Ike Herschkopf. The series promises eight episodes of "bizarro, alarming, warped, boundary-busting, co-dependent relationship between therapist and patient".
Speaking about starring in the series together, as well as executive producing, Ferrell and Rudd chatted with Entertainment Weekly about adapting the podcast for a streaming series. It turns out that Ferrell hadn't heard of the source material before agreeing. He said: "First of all, full disclosure, I was not even remotely aware of the podcast until I got a call from [my agency] UTA saying, 'There's a chance they want to turn this into a show. You've gotta listen to it.'
"And the thing that intrigued me the most was the fact that you hear the premise of what the podcast is about and what has happened in broad strokes to a guy like Marty, and your initial reaction is, 'Oh, that would never happen to me. There's no way I would fall under the spell of a therapist and give over my entire life to them.' And then you start digging in and you see the death by a thousand cuts of, 'Oh, no, I now see how that could happen to me.' [Laughs]"
You can read the full Entertainment Weekly interview with Will Ferrell and Paul Rudd here.
'The Shrink Next Door' will be available on Apple TV+ from November 12.