I’m in a glass case of emotion right now.
Anchorman’s Ron Burgundy and Brian Fantana were two of the greatest characters in the Anchorman universe and now, the actors that played them, are reuniting in a new Apple TV series.
Funnymen Will Ferrell, who played the ignorant, obnoxious yet loveable TV anchor Burgundy, and Paul “never ages” Rudd, who played the sleazy, clueless and loyal Fantana, are joining forces in The Shrink Next Door.
This true-crime series is inspired by true events which were documented in a wildly successful podcast of the same name.
The series is described as 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). Over the course of their relationship, the all-too-charming Ike slowly takes over Marty’s life, even moving into Marty’s Hamptons home and taking over his family business. 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.”
Will Ferrell, Jessica Elbaum, and Brittney Segal will executive produce for Gloria Sanchez Productions alongside Rudd.
Produced by Wondery, The Shrink Next Door podcast is narrated by US journalist Joe Nocera — who uncovered a twisted story about his therapist Ike, a man who counted celebrities and notable figures in Manhattan as his clients.
One day, Nocera discovered that his therapist had vanished and thus, went on a mission to find out more about him.
When it launched in 2019, it went straight to number one on the Apple charts — for three consecutive weeks.
The Shrink Next Door is the latest true-crime podcast to be turned into a series.
Dirty John was a hugely successful podcast before it was turned into a series starring Australian actor Eric Bana as “Dr” John Meehan who dupes his new wife, Deborah Newell (Connie Britton).
In June, a highly-anticipated second season is being released called Dirty John: The Betty Broderick Story.
And let us not forget the phenomenon that was Tiger King, which was in fact, a podcast first.
The story was not only turned into a Netflix docu-series but will also be adapted into a TV dramatisation starring Kate McKinnon.