Ted Lasso may be well into its second season, but fans shouldn’t fret: another installment of the Apple TV+ sports comedy is already in the works. The news doesn’t come as a huge surprise considering the sweeping success the show has seen so far. In case you forgot, it became the most-nominated freshman comedy in Emmy Award history with a whopping 20 nods, and its second-season debut broke records for Apple. It’s no wonder AFC Richmond is headed back to the pitch.
Starring and co-created by Jason Sudeikis, Ted Lasso follows the titular American football coach as he’s tapped to manage a British football (as in soccer) club. While the ridiculous move is first intended as a scheme by the team’s owner to get back at her cheating husband, Ted somehow charms his way through the whole institution. Season 2 dives further into the lives of Lasso, his colleagues, and his team, and how they cope with mental health.
Here’s what to know about Lasso’s next chapter.
When does Ted Lasso season 3 come out?
There’s no release date yet, but Apple is planning for a premiere in summer 2022, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The writer’s room reportedly began on September 13 and production is scheduled to start in January.
Ted Lasso was renewed for a third season back in October 2020, long before the second season even premiered. Just months prior, in August, it debuted on the streamer and became Apple’s number-one comedy across all top 50 countries, Deadline reports.
Hold on—will this be the last season?
We hope not, but Sudeikis did have plans for a three-season arc. “The story that’s being told—that three-season arc—is one that I see, know, and understood,” he told Entertainment Weekly in June 2021. “I’m glad that they are willing to pay for those three seasons. As far as what happens after that, who knows? I don’t know.”
Co-creator, writer, and star Brendan Hunt chimed in, saying, “I think we’ve always meant it to be three seasons. I think it would be pretty cool if, in the face of how much everyone likes this show, that we stick to our guns and really just do three seasons.” But he did note that no one on the show expected it to become as big of a hit as it did. That said, he still defers to Sudeikis when it comes to taking Ted Lasso beyond season 3. “I will say that, whatever he decides, I will happily abide.”
On a similar note, executive producer Bill Lawrence is “hopeful there’s more Ted Lasso stories to tell after three seasons.”
Who’s in the cast?
While Apple hasn’t officially confirmed who will be back for season 3, insiders told The Hollywood Reporter that Hannah Waddingham (Rebecca), Brett Goldstein (Roy), Juno Temple (Keeley), and Hunt (Coach Beard) are negotiating salaries for season 3. And, of course, Sudeikis would pick up the whistle once again.
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