Underdog soccer series Ted Lasso finds himself the big dog
Producer of Apple TV Plus Comedy Series ted lasso It has become a habit to hear a lot of backhanded compliments.
People will tell him that he didn’t expect to enjoy the first season so much. Or that they were surprised that the Jason Sudeikis-led show turned out so well. “Shocked” is a word they hear a lot.
“We joke in the writers’ room how often we read the phrase, ‘This show has no right to be so good.’ We’re always like, ‘Really? I mean, we worked really hard,'” said Brett Goldstein, who is Emmy-nominated for playing tough guy Roy Kent and who co-stars on the show. Produces and co-writes.
On the eve of the show’s second season, there’s now no excuse to be surprised: Ted Lasso received 20 nominations Tuesday from the Emmy nomination process, including Best Comedy, Best Comedy Writing, and seven acting nominations.
Ted Lasso begins its second season on July 23, which is no longer an underdog, but all the praise and accolades haven’t turned it into a diva, either: season two was kicked out before season two. .
The show centers on an American football coach who leads an elite British football team in England, despite having little knowledge of the sport. It follows players, coaches and owners.
If season one has established the characters and tone, then season two is about exploring the depth and depth of what the creators have already created, with many of the secondary characters finding their voices. There is also very little football.
“I’m kind of excited, a little nervous, but kind of excited, about the reaction to the fact that it turns some things on its head across the board,” said Nick Mohamed, who won an Emmy Nod. Earned to play Nate turned assistant coach from Kit Man on Tuesday.
The second season begins with Lasso’s fictional London team being relegated from the Elite Division, with its aging champion Goldstein retiring and the team’s arrogant hotshot played from afar by Phil Dunster. Viewers follow their journey as well as a new character, a sports psychologist with a knack for biting the truth, played by Sarah Niles.
Niles knew nothing about the show when he was encouraged to submit a casting video during the pandemic. She waited until later to binge the first season and fell for the sweetness. “The British love an underdog and Ted is like an underdog,” she said.
Jason Sudeikis and executive producer Bill Lawrence (Scrubs and Spin City) have removed the three-dimensional lasso from a character previously created to sell Americans over coverage of English Premier League Soccer for NBC Sports. He deliberately didn’t make the second season a carbon copy of the first.
“It would be easy enough to say, ‘Oh, well, we have a winning formula here. Let’s do the same thing.’ But the creative team behind ‘Ted Lasso’ is not like that. They want to challenge themselves, the viewer. They want it to feel real,” said Mohamed.
Jason Sudeikis’ Lasso may be an out-of-water fish, but he’s relentlessly optimistic and kind, armed with homely wisdom in the face of hostility. “Fairy tales neither begin nor end in the dark forest. That son of a gun always shows up smack dab in the middle of the story. But it will all work out,” he tells his team in the second season.
“Ted Lasso is a show about a guy who is ignorant – he doesn’t know anything about football. But he isn’t arrogant and he doesn’t let people down,” Goldstein said. He’s open and honest and sympathetic.”
Brendan Hunt, an executive producer who plays Coach Beard, compares Lasso to a sort of Jimmy Stewart character, humble and kind, humble and respectful, but true to yourself and someone you can count on. Who will stand for the right way forward?
“There’s an especially American goodness. We haven’t been exposed to an especially American goodness in the last few years,” he said. “It’s in our DNA. we have done. We’ve been doing it. We just stopped. And I think that’s part of what resonates at least with people here on the home front. “
The British have also come to adopt the show, says Goldstein: “I wonder how well it has played out here because British people are naturally far more cynical.”
Hunt notes two important individuals who have publicly said they are fans – Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp and player-turned-TV commentator Gary Lineker. “It’s a nice cross-section. It probably means we’re onto something,” Hunt said.
But that doesn’t mean the show is a soccer series — or a football series if you’re based out of the US. While kicking the ball on the grass takes something, the audience soon learns that it is not the most important thing.
“Football is certainly a backdrop for the existence of these characters in this world,” said Mohamed. “But I mean it’s number five or six in the pecking order about the show.”