Well, howdy, even more “Ted Lasso.”
Apple TV+ has renewed the Jason Sudeikis soccer comedy for a third season before Season 2 has even started production. (That’s expected to happen in London in early January.)
“Ted Lasso” was Apple TV+’s top comedy each week since launching on Aug. 14, 2020. It’s also really, really good.
Five days after its debut, “Ted Lasso” was renewed for a second season. And now, this.
“Ted Lasso” stars Jason Sudeikis as Lasso, a small-time college football coach from Kansas hired to coach a professional soccer team in England, despite having no experience coaching soccer. The series also stars Hannah Waddingham, Brendan Hunt, Jeremy Swift, Juno Temple, Brett Goldstein, Phil Dunster and Nick Mohammed.
In addition to starring, Sudeikis executive produces the comedy alongside Bill Lawrence (“Scrubs”) via his Doozer Productions, in association with Warner Bros. Television and Universal Television, a division of NBCUniversal Content. Doozer’s Jeff Ingold also serves as an executive producer with Liza Katzer as co-executive producer.
The series was developed by Sudeikis, Lawrence, Joe Kelly and Hunt, and is based on the pre-existing format and characters from NBC Sports.
That original Ted Lasso was basically just a clueless American who yelled a little too much. This one is really nice.
“The perception of what Americans are abroad right now is — it’s a bummer when you hear it firsthand,” Lawrence, who had previously shot another series in Prague, told TheWrap back in August. “It’s literally overweight idiots with guns on their back. That’s not from me, it’s from other people. So we started to really obsess with what’s the version of the clueless American — when we’re doing some fish-out-of-water stuff and shooting overseas — that we want to show? What we came up with, way too much subtext, is in social media, politics, public discourse right now, there’s this weird combination in our country of ignorance and arrogance.”
“We said, if we’re still going to have Ted be a clueless guy about soccer, he can’t be ignorance with arrogance, he has to be ignorance with curiosity,” he added. “And that kind of just really translated into being an openhearted, openminded nice guy.”
Apple’s subscriber video on demand (SVOD) service Apple TV+ launched on Nov. 1, 2019.
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