“Having spent the last few years writing shows like Veep and Succession, I have kind of found a little niche for myself of writing for irredeemably awful people and I really enjoy that,” exclaims The Shrink Next Door scribe Georgia Pritchett. “And I enjoy kind of trying to find compassion for people who perhaps on the surface don’t deserve it,” the executive producer adds of the Will Farrell and Paul Rudd starring limited series.
Pinchett was speaking at Deadline’s Virtual Screening Series of the AppleTV+ show based on Joe Nocera’s podcast of the same name. She was joined by The Shrink Next Door director and fellow EP Michael Showalter – – as you can see in the video above.
Almost hard to believe, the eight-episode dark comedy is inspired by true events. The Shrink Next Door follows the dysfunctional dynamic that develops between fabric company boss Martin “Marty” Markowitz (Ferrell) and Dr. Isaac “Ike” Herschkopf (Rudd), the psychiatrist who manipulates and exploits him for nearly three decades.
“It felt like a world that was very adjacent to my own world and felt that it was both a very kind of heartbreaking and compelling story and stranger than fiction,” Showalter says of what attracted him to the project. In fact, the real-life Ike finally lost his license last year after NYC’s Department of Health said he violated “minimal acceptable standards of care in the psychotherapeutic relationship”
The Shrink Next Door launched on AppleTV+ on November 12, 2021
Ferrell, Jessica Elbaum and Brittney Segal executive produced the show for Gloria Sanchez Productions, alongside Pritchett, Rudd, and Showalter; Jordana Mollick of Semi-Formal Productions; Marshall Lewy, Hernan Lopez and Aaron Hart for Wondery; and Jared Sandberg, Katie Boyce, and Francesca Levy for Bloomberg Media. Original podcast host Nocera served as co-executive producer on the series too.
Watch the conversation with Pritchett and Showalter above.