It’s generally fun when Will Ferrell and Paul Rudd meet, whether it’s inside Anchorman or Anchorman 2 (they’ve only been in the two movies together, as hard as it may be to believe), but things certainly look does not fun in this trailer for the duo’s upcoming Apple TV + black comedy Shrinkage next to. Saying too much can be a spoiler as this is based on a true story and you can just google some key information and find out everything that will happen in this limited series (and someone involved in the story got legal issues just a few months ago, so there’s also a good chance you’ve heard the story), but the short version is that Will Ferrell is a guy named Marty and Paul Rudd is a therapist (Dr. Isaac Herschkopf) who takes a … special interest in Marty’s life. The series takes place over the course of three decades and describes how Marty first begins to open up to the doctor, and then how he gradually begins to become dependent on him. It will also provide details on Ferrell’s increasingly scattered facial hair and Rudd’s mildly distracting accent, though they are unlikely to be important plot points.
In addition to Ferrell and Rudd, the series will play Kathryn Hahn as Marty’s sister and Casey Wilson as Dr. Herschkopf’s wife. Also the real one Herschkopf worked with a number of famous people, so maybe there are some comedians (or actors playing other actors, which is funny). Shrinkage next to was directed by Jesse Peretz and Michael Showalter, and that’s it based on a podcast of the same name. The first three episodes of the eight-episode series will premiere on Apple TV + on November 12, with new ones coming weekly thereafter. (A traditional streaming service model rather than the new, Wednesday-focused Disney model, In other words.)