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'Neighbors' director co-creating Netflix comedy 'Friends from College'

The series, set to start filming this fall, stars Keegan-Michael Key, Cobie Smulders, Annie Parisse, Nat Faxon, Fred Savage and Jae Suh Park.

Netflix's next comedy series will shine a light on if a Harvard education really means success in adult life.
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Think attending Harvard would guarantee you success in life? Netflix's new comedy looks to challenge that idea.

"Friends from College" will spotlight a group of friends who went to the Ivy League university but decades later take on their 40s and whether that education really led to success in their personal and professional lives. Nick Stoller, who directed "Neighbors" and its sequel "Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising," and Francesca Delbanco are the executive producers and writers of the series. Stoller will also direct all eight episodes.

"Nick is a comedic mastermind," Cindy Holland, Netflix's vice president of original content, said in a release Monday. "With Friends from College, he and Francesca have created a world that is both moving and very, very funny."

The eight-episode series stars Keegan-Michael Key ("Key & Peele" and "Keanu"), Cobie Smulders ("Avengers" and "How I Met Your Mother"), Annie Parisse ("Vinyl"), Nat Faxon ("Married" and "American Dad"), Fred Savage ("The Grinder" and "The Wonder Years") and Jae Suh Park ("The Mindy Project" and "The Big Short").

The series will begin filming this fall in New York, and the husband-and-wife team making the show have their own first-hand experience with the source material: They both attended Harvard University.