Who knew that a show that featured folksy wisdom and kindness at its centerpiece could have made such a comeback? And a comedy no less? Not since Green Acres I suspect. But here we are. Ted Lasso, the American sports comedy show that takes place in England, began as the ultimate fish-out-of-water tale for Apple TV+ in August 2020 and will begin its third season this March.
Interestingly, the series was actually based on a series of TV promotions that Jason Sudeikis did for NBC promoting England’s Premier League. From there, Ted Lasso was created by Sudeikis, Bill Lawrence, Brendan Hunt and Joe Kelly who all serve as executive producers of the show as well. The series follows the exploits of an American football coach who was hired to coach an English soccer team as part of an elaborate joke. Nobody expected to find this hillbilly to be so charming or that he would be able to keep his job. Critics and audiences alike thought that the show was a winner and as it turns out, it is.
During the 73rd Primetime Emmy Awards, Ted Lasso received 20 nominations – the most in Emmy history for a freshman sitcom. It ended up winning seven awards including Outstanding Comedy Series and acting awards for Sudeikis, Brett Goldstein and Hannah Waddingham. The next year the show was nominated again for 20 awards and winning four with repeats for Outstanding Comedy Series, Sudeikis and Goldstein and directing for MJ Delaney. Should we expect more for season three?
As season two ended, things seemed to be falling apart both on and off the field, but Ted and company are poised to give it their best shot anyway. Apple TV+ has released the following scoop for events happening during the new 12-episode season:
- The newly-promoted AFC Richmond faces ridicule as media predictions widely peg them as last in the Premier League.
- Nate (Nick Mohammed), now hailed as the “wonder kid,” has gone to work for Rupert (Anthony Head) at West Ham United.
- In the wake of Nate’s contentious departure from Richmond, Roy Kent (Brett Goldstein) steps up as assistant coach, alongside Beard (Brendan Hunt).
- Ted deals with pressures at work, he continues to wrestle with his own personal issues back home.
- Rebecca (Hannah Waddingham) focuses on defeating Rupert.
- Keeley (Juno Temple) navigates being the boss of her own PR agency.
Ted Lasso’s 3rd season begins on March 15, 2023 on Apple TV+.
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