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Paul Rudd and Will Ferrell to unite for The Shrink Next Door TV series

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PAUL Rudd and Will Ferrell are to star in and executive produce dark comedy limited TV series The Shrink Next Door.

Based on a 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 long-time patient Martin ‘Marty’ Markowitz (Ferrell).

During the course of their relationship, the charming Ike slowly takes over Marty’s life, eventually moving into Marty’s home and taking over his family business.

The series will explore how a seemingly normal doctor-patient dynamic transforms into such an exploitative one, where manipulation, power grabs and dysfunction thrive in unprecedented fashion.

Michael Showalter, who previously worked with Rudd on the Wet Hot American Summer franchise, will direct and executive produce alongside writer Georgia Pritchett. The series will be shopped to premium cable networks (such as HBO) and streamers (like Netflix) by studio Media Rights Capital.

Rudd is fresh off of a Golden Globe nomination for season one of Netflix comedy Living With Yourself, on which he played twins. His other recent credits include Avengers: Endgame and the forthcoming Ghostbusters: Afterlife, due July 10.

Ferrell, meanwhile, can shortly be seen in the Hollywood remake of Downhill alongside Julia Louis-Dreyfus. The Shrink Next Door will mark his first TV series regular gig since Saturday Night Live, although he regularly executive produces with shows such as HBO breakout Succession and Netflix’s Dead To Me among his credits.