Wednesday, 15 September 2021 05:46

How Paul Rudd & Will Ferrell Prepared for Apple’s ‘The Shrink Next Door’

Jim Halterman
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Fall Preview

Will Ferrell stars as anxiety-plagued textile boss Martin “Marty” Markowitz, whose sister, Phyllis (Kathryn Hahn), first encourages him to see psychiatrist Isaac “Ike” Herschkopf (Paul Rudd) in the ’80s.

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Over the years, manipulative Ike infiltrates Marty’s company and bank account, and fractures his relationship with suspicious Phyllis. Still, the line between victim and villain isn’t black and white.

“Marty and Ike need each other in this weird way,” says exec producer and director Michael Showalter (The Big Sick), who, along with Rudd and Ferrell, spent time with the real Markowitz in New York’s Hamptons, where much of the story unfolds.

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Apple’s dark comedy sees psychiatrist Rudd insert himself into the life of patient Ferrell.

“The show is funny, but it’s also about people who are struggling and have a lot of pain — including Ike — and deal with it in different ways.”

This is an excerpt from TV Guide Magazine’s 2021 Fall Preview issue. For more inside scoop on the new fall TV season, pick up the issue, on newsstands Thursday, August 26.

The Shrink Next Door

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