Jason Segel to Lead Apple Comedy From 'Ted Lasso's' Bill Lawrence, Brett Goldstein, and Brett Moore
Apple is expanding its relationship with Jason Segel, Bill Lawrence, and Brett Goldstein.
The tech giant/streamer has completed a straight-to-series order for Shrinking, based on ten-episode scripted comedy starring Segel, who will write and executive produce the show alongside Ted Lasso showrunner Lawrence and Emmy-winning actor Goldstein.
Shrinking centers on a grieving therapist (Segel) who begins to break the rules and tell his clients exactly what he thinks. Ignoring his training and ethics, he finds himself making major changes to peoples lives, including his own.
Lawrence is currently negotiating for a new pact that takes advantage of the success of Emmy-winning comedy Ted Lasso as well as his rapidly expanding streaming roster that includes Apples Bad Monkey, HBO Max s Head of The Class, and Clone High. The comedy was produced by Warner Bros. TV, where Lawrence has negotiated primarily for Warner Brothers. Jeff Ingold, the Lawrences Doozer Productions topper, who also produces Shrinking, has Liza Katzer aboard as a co-EP. Lawrence is with ICM Partners and lawyer Jared Levine.
Goldstein, who won an Emmy for his performance as Roy Kent in Ted Lasso, also recently renegotiated his deal with Warners and secured a substantial pay raise both for acting services and work as ivy league writer on the Jason Sudeikis-led comedy. Before being selected to play Roy, he started in the Ted Lasso writers room. (Goldstein described that journey in a July interview with TVs Top 5) Goldstein, a longtime friend of Lawrence and who shares skepticism about The Muppets with Segel, also has writing and producing duties on AMCs Soulmates. Goldstein isnt currently expected to appear in Shrinking, though if Ted Lasso finishes season three, it wouldns no surprise for that to change. Hes been repped by Mosaic, B-Side Management, and LARK.
Apples feature film The Sky Is Everywhere, based on the best-selling YA novel of the same name, is also starring Segel. He is best known for his roles in Freaks and Geeks and How I Met Your Mother, and he has recently starred in, produced, written, directed, or produced AMCs Dispatches From Elsewhere. He also next appears in HBOs untitled Lakers drama. Hell be represented by WME and Sloane Offer.
Shrinking should not be confused with the Paul Rudd-Will Ferrell limited dark comedy series The Shrink Next Door. The firms roster of scripted originals includes the final season of Dickinson, Mythic Quest, Physical, Schmigadoon, and animated comedy Central Park, among others.