Apple TV+ released the first image from Ted Lasso season 2, which recently began filming following the first season’s huge success for the streamer.
The first image from Ted Lasso season 2 is released as filming gets underway. Based on a character first used in a series of NBC Sports commercials, the comedy series stars Jason Sudeikis as the titular American football coach who’s hired to lead an English Premier League soccer team despite having no knowledge of the sport. It was largely developed by Sudeikis and television veteran Bill Lawrence, known for creating several popular series including Scrubs, Cougar Town, and Spin City. Though reviews were mixed when the first three episodes premiered on Apple TV+ back in August, the show grew into one of the major TV hits of 2020, becoming Apple’s highest-rated comedy series thanks to its warm optimism, wholesome characters, and Sudeikis’ charming lead performance.Continue scrolling to keep reading
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Ted Lasso expanded Apple TV+ subscribers so much that the streamer renewed it for a 10-episode second season five days after its premiere. The show’s fast-tracked development went into hyperdrive when Apple announced in October it already greenlit Ted Lasso season 3 well before season 2 production began. Now, with new and old fans having already watched the easily bingeable 10-episode first season, Apple is already teasing what’s ahead for the folksy coach and his big-hearted AFC Richmond football club.
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Apple TV tweeted the first image from Ted Lasso season 2 and announced that production has officially started. The tweet subtly references a running gag involving Rebecca Welton, the icy AFC Richmond owner intoxicated by Lasso’s delicious homemade biscuits that he brings her every morning. The image shows Lasso and his two-man coaching staff, the quippy yet reserved Coach Beard and their blossoming assistant Nate, sitting in the AFC Richmond locker room. Check out Apple’s image and announcement below:
Though fans have rejoiced over the rapid season renewals, Bill Lawrence recently said he envisions Ted Lasso being just a three-season show. While he’d like to keep making the series for as long as Apple is willing, he noted it’s impossible to guarantee Jason Sudeikis will be on board for such a long-term commitment given his busy schedule and family life. Lawrence even joked that a fourth season might only be possible if Lasso coached a team down the street from Sudeikis’s own home since the actor has two young kids to take care of.
Regardless of its future beyond season 3, Ted Lasso‘s enormous success further shows how lighthearted shows have become the biggest streaming winners of the pandemic. The Office, which has been off the air for eight years now, was by far the most-watched show of 2020, with Netflix viewers streaming a gargantuan 57 billion minutes of the breezy NBC sitcom. Though it likely won’t last nine seasons as The Office did, the instant popularity of Ted Lasso as a fun, if not totally absorbing, TV series indicates it could have a long shelf life for bingers, which is something every streaming company desperately wants to achieve with at least one show in the new streaming landscape.
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