Press release from Netflix, Aug. 22, 2016:
Netflix, the world’s leading Internet TV network, today announced a new comedy series, Friends from College, from Nick Stoller (Neighbors, Neighbors: Sorority Rising, Forgetting Sarah Marshall, Get Him to the Greek) and Francesca Delbanco. The husband and wife team will serve as executive producers and writers on the series and Stoller will also direct all eight episodes. Production will begin this fall in New York.
The eight episode series will feature an all star cast including Keegan-Michael Key (Key & Peele, Keanu, Don’t Think Twice), Cobie Smulders (Jack Reacher: Never Go Back, Avengers, How I Met Your Mother), Annie Parisse (Vinyl, The Following), Nat Faxon (Married, American Dad, Ben & Kate), Fred Savage (The Grinder, The Wonder Years) and Jae Suh Park (The Mindy Project, The Big Short).
“Nick is a comedic mastermind. 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,” Cindy Holland, Netflix Vice President of Original Content.
The show 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, the series is a comedic exploration of old friendships, former romantic entanglements and balancing adult life with nostalgia for the past.
Delbanco and Stoller both attended Harvard University. Delbanco went on to receive her Master’s Degree in fiction writing from the University of Michigan.
Nicholas Stoller is a director, writer and producer of intelligent, character-driven comedies. He recently directed the hit comedy Neighbors and its sequel Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising. He is currently working on the the upcoming animated film Storks for Warner Brothers. For TV, Stoller co-wrote and is an executive producer working on the third season of The Carmichael Show, and was an executive producer on comedy series The Grinder starring Fred Savage and Rob Lowe. His other credits include The Five-Year Engagement which he co-wrote with collaborator and star Jason Segel. He also teamed up with Segal to write and executive produce The Muppets and he went on to write and executive produce the sequel Muppets Most Wanted. Stoller made his directorial debut in 2008 with Forgetting Sarah Marshall and went on to make Get Him to the Greek, which he wrote, directed and produced. His other writing credits include Yes Man and the 2010 re-imagining of Gulliver’s Travels. Stoller’s first job in the entertainment industry was comedy writing for Judd Apatow’s Fox television series “Undeclared.”