Netflix has amassed a veritable sitcom dream team for its latest series.
The streaming giant has handed an eight-episode order to Friends From College, a half-hour comedy starring — hold onto your hats! — How I Met Your Mother‘s Cobie Smulders, Key & Peele‘s Keegan-Michael Key, The Grinder‘s Fred Savage and Ben and Kate‘s Nat Faxon. Rounding out the insane ensemble is Annie Parisse (Person of Interest, The Following) and relative newcomer Jae Suh Park (The Mindy Project).
And the show’s pedigree’s nothing to sniff at either: The project hails from Nick Stoller (The Grinder, The Carmichael Show, as well as The Neighbors film franchise), who will exec produce and write the series with Francesca Delbanco. Stoller will also direct all eight episodes.
Friends From College — which marks Smulders’ first significant TV gig since How I Met Your Mother ended two years ago — centers on a group of friends who went to Harvard together and are now facing down their forties and experiencing a range of success, or lack thereof, both professionally and domestically. With interwoven and oftentimes complicated relationships with one another, Netflix calls the series a “comedic exploration of old friendships, former romantic entanglements and balancing adult life with nostalgia for the past.”
Production will begin this fall in New York.
“Nick is a comedic mastermind,” raved Cindy Holland, Netflix’s VP of Original Content, in a statement. “With Friends from College, he and Francesca have created a world that is both moving and very, very funny. We are thrilled to be working with them and this incredible cast, and look forward to audiences around the world laughing with and at these relatable characters.”