*Jason Sudeikis plays Ted 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 serves as executive producer, 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 Brendan Hunt, and is based on the pre-existing format and characters from NBC Sports.
So, who is Ted Lasso and why is this show so heartwarming and funny? We sat down with Jason Sudeikis and he said “Ted Lasso is a small time, Division Two, Wichita, Kansas football coach, that gets hired out of nowhere to coach a professional soccer team in London, AFC Richmond.” “He’s the main protagonist who happens to also be named after Ted Lasso.” Jason Sudeikis made this character famous from a series of promos for NBC Sports coverage of the Premier League, years ago and he decided to make a series out of it; his first regular sketch series since his 8 years on NBC’s sketch comedy show, SNL.
Ted Lasso is an average man trying his best to understand a crazy world, while maintaining his unwarranted charm and confidence, where a person or people have ulterior motives towards him and are trying to bring him down. This story is a feel-good story that is a perfect addition to AppleTV+. In these unprecedented times, Jason Sudeikis said “while the show is funny, he and Bill Lawrence wanted it to be something that could feel like it could take place on earth, at this time and space.”
Jason Sudeikis then went on to ask, in our exclusive interview with him, “How do we make that palatable to people? The big question was, ‘how could someone who has no idea what they are doing, be in charge of something as important as a professional soccer team’; and now a lot of the country is asking themselves that same question, but with something more important than a professional soccer team, but the entire country!” So, now the show ends up becoming a parable for how and what do we do when that energy is the room and how do we respond to it?
Ted Lasso, Jason Sudeikis believes, is not overtly political, but he does believe in the power of the people! Ted Lasso believes in supporting each other, encouraging each other and looking at the world with “the glass half full”. What you’ll enjoy about Ted Lasso, is that it’s completely relatable, it has a ton of funny moments and it is the ultimate underdog story…with a twist!
Ted Lasso oozes charm, optimism and endless positivity. In a world of uncertainty, division, and the public awareness of the racial and social injustices of the day, a protagonist of such hope could be perceived as cloying instead of endearing, but it’s simply impossible to hate Ted Lasso, both the character and the series! The show is a breath of fresh air and will definitely be on your binge-worthy list, even for the simple “escape into all things good” that it allows you! If you are a tv lover, a comedy lover or even just want something new to invest your time in, this is your show!
The first three episodes of Ted Lasso are set to premiere on Apple TV+ on Friday, August 14, 2020. The remaining seven episodes of the 10-episode season will follow on a weekly basis. Watch the official trailer below and then set your streaming cue!