Co-created by Baltz and Tremper, Shrink stars Baltz as a recent medical school graduate who loses his residency and finds himself unemployed with a half million dollars of student loan debt. With his dream of becoming a “real doctor” dashed, he discovers a loophole to becoming a therapist by recording 1,920 supervised clinical hours, which he begins by soliciting unorthodox patients from Craigslist and conducts the free sessions in his parent’s garage.
Shrink won The Best Comedy Pilot award at the New York TV Festival in 2012. It got the attention of Patrick Daly (Jean Doumanian Productions) who then packaged Baltz and Tremper with Emmy-winning writer/EP Chuck Martin (Arrested Development), who will serve as showrunner, and also direct along with Tremper. The project was then acquired by Seeso who ordered the project to series.
Baltz, Tremper, Doumanian, Daly, Martin, Jon Stern and Abominable Pictures executive produce and Emily R. Wilson is a writer and consulting producer. Shrink will shoot in Chicago in the fall.
Baltz is repped by ICM, Jordan Tilzer at El Centro and Lichter Grossman. Tremper is repped by ICM, Writ Large and Morris Yorn.