“Ted Lasso” returns Wednesday for its third season and while there are certainly questions about whether AFC Richmond will ultimately go all the way — or if Nate will get his return — there is one big question: Will it really Is it the last season?
The Emmy-winning Apple TV+ series about an American coaching a soccer team in London has long been touted as a three-season series — but executive producer, writer and star Jason Sudeikis is non-committal about it. what comes next.
“I’m still in it,” he said in a recent interview.
“We’re still editing the last few episodes, so it’s really something I haven’t had time to sit down with, despite the fact that there’s been a lot of surprise and curiosity … from the press or fans – and certainly It seems like people are equally interested in show business,’ he laughed. “That answer will probably come when there’s actually enough room for the question.”
Brendan Hunt, who plays assistant coach Beard, (whose first name has not been “disclosed,” said the actor. “We don’t know if he doesn’t have one, but he certainly doesn’t use it any are.” ) is also an executive producer and writer on the show.
Says Hunt, “We always saw it as this three-movement suite or three-piece story, but admit the show’s success has added more questions than answers to that original plan.” So the door is still open after this suit is finished – that maybe we’ll pick up something else in this world.
When asked if there was a character from the series that Hunt would like to see next, Hunt deadpans, “Phoebe (Roy Kent’s young niece) as she battles London’s drug-riddled crime underworld.”
Brett Goldstein, who plays Roy Kent, a Richmond player-turned-coach with a tough exterior and a heart of gold, is a definite breakout. He played Hercules in the end credits of “Thor: Love and Thunder” and is the creator and executive producer of “Shrinkage,” also on Apple TV+. He credits “Ted Lasso” with giving him creative opportunities he had only dreamed of.
“I’ve worked for years and years and 12 people have seen it all, you know, and then doing a show that many people see is different. It’s really different,” Goldstein says. “Without being cheesy, I learned a lot from working on ‘Ted Lasso,’ and I’ll take those lessons with me into anything else I do,” he said.
Toheb Jimoh had only been acting professionally for two years when he was cast as the player Sam Obisanya.
“I am at a point where I am able to stand on my own feet as an actor because of this show. Jimoh says, “I’ve absorbed the lasso the same way all players have.” “Ted says, ‘It’s not about winning or losing, it’s about making these players the best version of themselves on and off the pitch.’ I really think that’s the lesson ‘Ted Lasso’ gave to the young actors on the show. It’s about making us the best versions of ourselves on and off the screen, you know?
Hannah Waddingham, who plays Rebecca Welton, owner of AFC Richmond, was already an accomplished stage performer before “Ted Lasso” and already has other exciting work lined up, including a role in “Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning Part Two.” . But she still wonders if she’ll ever be able to duplicate the “Ted Lasso” experience.
“I don’t know about you guys here, but Brits are naturally worried. It worries me that I might never have that again because it’s a beautiful kind of symbiosis we all have,” she says.
For now, Sudeikis seems more inclined to address what matters to the show than what lies in store.
“I see it through my kids’ eyes when we go somewhere and the way people approach me and .. any of us, just how loving people are,” he says, joking. She suspects the cast of “Succession” “gets a pretty similar reception.” I’m sure they’re excited to see them because they’re all wickedly talented, but it’s a different vibe and a different family on that show. , if you will. So, to be surrounded by that type of kindness and have it reflected back to you—especially in front of kids or family—is really, really moving.
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