Will Ferrell is returning to television with his new series for Apple TV. Will Ferrell has been noticeably absent in the past few years, but in his recent interview with The Hollywood Reporter, he details anything and everything that fans may have missed. He even goes on to explain how the family film Elf almost had a sequel. Will Ferrell states that he turned down $29 million to appear once again since the story did not merit a sequel.
The comedic actor became a household name during his tenure on SNL. Now, Will Ferrell returns to television for Apple TV and reunites with his previous co-star Paul Rudd. The new show The Shrink Next Door is based on real-life events and will showcase Ferrell’s delicate balance of drama and humor.
The Shrink Next Door
The Shrink Next Door originally came in the form of a podcast. Produced by Wondery, a journalist for the New York Times Joe Nocera covers the baffling but true story. The story is about Marty Markowitz, a man in the eighties who struggled with where his life was going. As luck would have it, he sought out therapy. That is where he met Dr. Ike Herschkopf. Herschkopf quickly breached the ethics of client-doctor relations. The therapist soon took control of Marty, separating him from the people in his life. The podcast followed this story for ten episodes when it premiered in 2019.
Judging from the trailer, The Shrink Next Door will be following closely to these real-life events. Will Ferrell has been cast as Markowitz while Paul Rudd will be playing the strange new doctor, Herschkopf. Katherine Hahn has also been cast as Markowitz’s concerned sister, Phyllis. While Markowitz appears to start living his best life, his relationship with his doctor is troubling. Markowitz calls Herschkopf his best friend, a clear violation of boundaries.
The Shrink Next Door appears to be a promising new project for both Ferrell and Rudd. The Shrink Next Door will premiere on Apple TV on November 12.