Skip to main content

Digital Trends may earn a commission when you buy through links on our site. Why trust us?

Keegan-Michael Key, Cobie Smulders to star in Netflix series ‘Friends From College’

netflix harvard ensemble keegan michael key
Comedy Central
Netflix has picked up an ensemble comedy called Friends From College that will star Keegan-Michael Key, Cobie Smulders, and Fred Savage, Variety reports.

The show follows a group of friends who all graduated from Harvard at the same time. Now in their 40s, they’ve each reached differing levels of success since their time together at the prestigious educational institution.

It was written by husband-and-wife team Nick Stoller and Francesa Delbanco. Stoller, who is currently working on the TV series The Carmichael Show, most notably directed the 2008 film Forgetting Sarah Marshall. Considering both he and Delbanco attended Harvard themselves, there may be some grains of truth in the story, or at least some inspiration for episodes based on their own real-life experiences. Indeed, Stoller and Delbanco will both be executive producing and writing the series. There will be a total of eight episodes in the first season, which Stoller is on tap to direct as well.

In addition to Key, Smulders, and Savage, the cast will also include Annie Parisse (Person of Interest, Vinyl), Nat Faxon (TripTank), and Jae Suh Park, who most recognizably had a small part playing the wife of lead character Michael Burry (played by Christian Bale) in the Academy Award-winning film The Big Short.

Key is best known for both his time as a cast member of sketch comedy series MADtv as well as one-half of the Key & Peele duo, alongside Jordan Peele. A sketch comedy show, Key & Peele ran from 2012 to 2015 on Comedy Central. Smulders is best known for her role as Robin on the CBS comedy How I Met Your Mother, as well as for her role in the Avengers: Age of Ultron movie and the Agents of SHIELD series on ABC. She will next appear in Jack Reacher: Never Go Back. Savage, meanwhile, is known as the lead in 1988-1993 comedy-drama The Wonder Years and, most recently, from now-cancelled Fox series The Grinder. He also voices Goober/Richie Osborne on Netflix animated series BoJack Horseman.

Cindy Holland, Vice President of Original Content at Netflix, calls the characters “relatable” and says that Stoller and Delbanco have “created a world that is both moving and very, very funny.”

Production will begin this fall in New York City.

Editors' Recommendations

Amy Poehler to direct first film, the star-studded Netflix comedy ‘Wine Country’
universal pictures amy poehler schooled

Helga Esteb /

Amy Poehler can write and she can act, and now it is time for her to prove that she can direct, too. On Tuesday, March 20, Netflix announced that the actress is set to make her feature directorial debut with Wine Country, an upcoming comedy for the streaming service with a star-studded ensemble cast. The film's stars include Poehler, Maya Rudolph, Rachel Dratch, Ana Gasteyer, Paula Pell, and Emily Spivey, while Tina Fey will have a role as well.

Read more
David Letterman steps out from behind the desk for a new talk show on Netflix
david letterman

Legendary talk show host and comedian David Letterman will soon return to small screens all over the globe as the host of a six-episode series for streaming on Netflix. The presently untitled series will feature hour-long episodes and will launch in 2018, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Letterman retired from his over 30-year role as the host of the Late Show With David Letterman (previously Late Night With David Letterman) two years ago, passing the reins to comedian Stephen Colbert.

Read more
‘The Simpsons’ creator is making an animated Netflix series, ‘Disenchantment’

The Simpsons are not streaming on Netflix, but subscribers may be getting the next best thing. Simpsons' creator Matt Groening will helm Disenchantment, his first animated series for Netflix that will feature voice acting from Broad City's Abbi Jacobson and Eric Andre.

Disenchantment will be set in the medieval kingdom of Dreamland and follow the hilarious exploits of drunken princess Bean, voiced by Jacobson. Andre will voice the character of Luci, Bean's personal demon. We will follow along through all the wacky misadventures of trolls, ogres, and other fantastical foes. “Ultimately,” Groening said in a press release. “Disenchantment will be about life and death, love and sex, and how to keep laughing in a world full of suffering and idiots, despite what the elders and wizards and other jerks tell you.”

Read more