Jason Sudeikis talks about whether ‘Ted Lasso’ could go beyond three seasons

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Jason Sudeikis covers the latest issue of Entertainment Weekly to promote Ted Lasso Season 2. The first season of Ted Lasso dropped last year when everyone was home in lockdown, and it became the happy comfort-show of lockdown, honestly. Jason Sudeikis is perfect as Ted Lasso, which is a character he created. He co-writes the show, he executive produces it and he’s involved at every level. He keeps saying that he’s always seen the show as a three-season arc, but who knows what will happen if Apple+ gives him everything he wants. Jason chats about that and other things with EW. Some highlights:

Ted Lasso started as a bit for NBC commercials: Sudeikis had such a good time playing Lasso that his then fiancée, actress Olivia Wilde, suggested he develop the character further. “Liv was like, ‘You should do [a] TV show or a movie.’”

How the pilot came together: In 2017, Scrubs creator Bill Lawrence reached out to Sudeikis. “I was chasing Jason to do a project,” says Lawrence. “He said, ‘I don’t want to do your thing, but do you have any interest in doing this thing of mine?’ My ego was hurt for a second. Then I dove in.” Sudeikis and Lawrence made the pitching rounds, but only the executives at Apple bit. “We pitched it to at least four places and three of them said it wasn’t their cup of tea.”

Sudeikis, unlike Lasso, loves tea: “With enough milk and sugar, I’ll drink piss. Especially if it’s caffeinated.”

He’s conflicted about the show’s popularity because of the pandemic: “I would trade that for kids being able to go to school. But it’s been profound. Not a day goes by when I don’t receive a message from someone talking about how the show affected them.”

Winning a SAG & Golden Globe for the role: “It got lost in people talking about my f—ing hoodie, but I reject the notion of winning something called a ‘Best Actor’ trophy. It’s only a reflection of who I get to act with.”

Whether he’s like Ted Lasso: “I used to be like, ‘Oh, it’s me on a few beers.’ I don’t know, man – it’s tough to live up to.”

Season 2 is like Empire Strikes Back. “People go into their caves and face their s–t.”

Whether Apple will send the money truck over to convince him to do more than three seasons: “It’s called the iMoney truck. I mean, I don’t know. The story that I know is the one that I wanted to tell, and so that’s the one we’re telling with the help of numerous people in front of and behind the camera, so it’s by no means me typing every key stroke and saying every word. It’s nowhere near like that. But the story that’s being told – that three-season arc – is one that I see, know, and understood. 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.”

[From EW]

Part of me does think that Sudeikis should just do the show the way he wants to do it – three seasons and done – just because the show would suffer if Sudeikis just decided to do extra seasons for the money. That being said, there’s so much comedy and pathos to mine from this set-up. Something I didn’t know: Brett Goldstein – who plays Roy Kent – is one of the “British writer” hires for the show. That’s amazing because he’s soooo good as Roy Kent, I love that he’s also writing some of the show too. And Hannah Waddingham (who plays “Old Rebecca” lol) sounds like she adores Sudeikis and the show. Anyway, I’m so excited for Season 2!! It premieres on July 23rd.

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Cover courtesy of EW, additional photos courtesy of Apple+.

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  1. Scal says:

    Not only that but Brett Goldstein won a writers guild award for the show!

    I hope they stick to 3 seasons. Keep it tight and perfect. Don’t let it turn into the office that went on for waaaayyyy to long

    • Anners says:

      Same! This show is just so beautiful and uplifting. I would rather have 3 perfect seasons and a satisfying conclusion that I can re-watch whenever I need my TV show to cheer me up than have it peter out into contrived nothingness.

  2. Ripley says:

    I’m conflicted… I would love all of the seasons of Ted Lasso as it is so delightful. But I also think three seasons, if that was the original scope, might be perfect too.

    I got my dad hooked on it last week and he’s clamoring for MOAR Ted Lasso. One for the ages.

    • minx says:

      Everyone I’ve told about the show loves it.

      • Anne Call says:

        Blew my mind when I realized that Hannah Waddingham is also in Sex Education. Husband also informed me she was in GOT.

    • Ana170 says:

      I recommended it to my sister earlier this week and she surprised me by bingeing it. This is the same woman that quit on Avatar: The Last Airbender because she said “none of the characters were likable.”

  3. faithmobile says:

    Very rarely does extending a shows arc work out for the best. I vote 3 and done.

  4. Twin falls says:

    If I could hug or be hugged by a tv show it would be Ted Lasso.

  5. Amelie says:

    I finally got to watch the first season as I am cat sitting for people who have Apple+ on their TV and omg it’s just as feel good as my fave show of all time Parks and Rec. I might have to try an Apple+ free trial once all episodes have aired for the second season and binge the show like I did with the first season. It’s one of those rare shows where kindness and honesty leads the way and sure, it plays into stereotypes of the positive and happy ignorant American idiot and stuffy pompous Brits but I don’t care. It was perfect pandemic viewing. I do find it interesting the show ended up mirroring Jason’s life with Ted getting a divorce while living overseas and dealing with a long distance relationship with his son which was 100% unintentional since I’m guessing that first season was plotted out before Jason and Olivia called it quits. Now I’m half expecting the second season to show Ted’s ex moving on with a younger good looking model or soap opera star (former boy bander too on the nose) or maybe a different football coach haha.