Before Squid Game came along, the most talked-about TV show of the year was Ted Lasso. Talk of a second season swoon dominated Twitter even as the show itself was cleaning up at the Emmys. Lasso will be back for a third season, but Apple isn’t satisfied with just one show from the team behind it, they want another.
Variety announced that Bill Lawrence, the creator of Ted Lasso, and Brett Goldstein, the Emmy-winning actor who portrays Roy Kent and also writes for the show (and is a stand-up comedian and podcast host), are developing a new series for Apple TV+. And it will star How I Met Your Mother/Forgetting Sarah Marshall star, Jason Segel.
All three men will write and executive produce the series, titled “Shrinking,” which will star Segel as a therapist who decides to say ‘fuck it’ and start giving his patients unfiltered feedback.
Variety says, “Shrinking” follows a grieving therapist (Segel) who starts to break the rules and tell his clients exactly what he thinks. Ignoring his training and ethics, he finds himself making huge, tumultuous changes to people’s lives, including his own.”
This is the second show about an ‘unhinged therapist who wreaks havoc on his patients’ lives’ that Apple has on its plate, with the Paul Rudd/Will Ferrell series “The Shrink Next Door” hitting the platform this fall, though, with the Muppet-loving Segel and Ted Lasso crew behind it, this one promises to have less of a dark side. Although, if Goldstein channels his famously surly soccer player, maybe it won’t.