Ted Lasso's Brett Goldstein and Bill Lawrence will team up with How I Met Your Mother star Jason Segel on a new series.
Segel, Goldstein and Lawrence will executive produce and write Shrinking, which has been greenlit for 10 episodes by Apple TV+.
The series will star Segel as a grief-stricken therapist who decides to take an unorthodox approach in being completely honest with his clients – which leads to enormous changes in their lives, and his.
Segel got his big break on screen in Paul Feig and Judd Apatow's Freaks and Geeks, before going on to star in How I Met Your Mother for nine seasons. At the height of his How I Met Your Mother fame, Segel wrote and starred in Forgetting Sarah Marshall.
He also co-wrote the screenplays for The Muppets, The Five-Year Engagement and Sex Tape.
Shrinking will be the second TV series Segel has created, following 2020 show Dispatches From Elsewhere, which he starred in alongside Sally Field and Richard E. Grant as a one of five people who become participants in a city-wide scavenger hunt.
Lawrence is a co-creator of Ted Lasso, alongside Jason Sudeikis, Brendan Hunt and Joe Kelly. In his three-decade career, Lawrence has worked on shows including The Nanny and Friends as well as create Spin City, Scrubs, Cougar Town and Ground Floor.
English comedian Goldstein is now best known for his role on Ted Lasso as the sweary, honest ex-footballer Roy Kent.
Goldstein was originally hired for the Ted Lasso writers room but found himself in an on-screen role as well, pulling double duty on the series. Goldstein won an Emmy last month for his performance in the first season.
Ted Lasso wrapped up its second season earlier this month and has already been renewed for a third. The creatives and cast all renegotiated their contracts for sizeable payrises for the third instalment.
Sudeikis is said to have bumped his package up from US$300,000 per episode to US$1 million per episode, which includes fees for his performance, writing, producing and creator roles.
Whether the Emmy-winning Ted Lasso goes beyond season three is debatable as Sudeikis has said that there is a three-season story arc for the show.
Lawrence recently told The Hollywood Reporter that if the show were to continue, it would tell a different story.
"When we started, we plotted out everybody's beginning, middle and end of a three-season arc," Lawrence said. "This story is going to be over next year, regardless, even if the show finds another story to tell and goes on."