Ted Lasso, the Apple TV+ comedy about a clueless American football coach who lands a job in Britain leading a team that plays that other kind of football, will come back for a second season, Apple said Wednesday.
Jason Sudeikas plays the lead in the show, which debuted on Apple TV+ last week. We’re only three episodes in to season 1, but so far, it looks like a winner. (Don’t take my word for it. Read the Cult of Mac review: Ted Lasso’s heart is too big to bench.)
Ted Lasso performed quite well for Apple TV+, according to Deadline.
“The series got off to a strong start in its premiere weekend, ranking as the top program on Apple TV+ in countries including the U.S., UK, Australia, Germany, Mexico, France and Canada,” the trade publication wrote.
Although Cupertino paints Apple TV+ as a successful venture, the streaming service reportedly continues to struggle. However, Apple TV+ only launched last November. And Apple continues to pour money into the service, inking deals with big names like director Martin Scorsese.
Apple TV+ execs reportedly decided to focus on high-profile films after scoring a win with Greyhound, the Tom Hanks World War II movie that premiered on the service last month. The combination of Hanks’ star power and shuttered cinemas due to COVID-19 supposedly captured the attention of many first-time Apple TV+ viewers. (Hanks said Apple TV+ saved his film from oblivion.)
Ted Lasso season 2 coming in 2021
Obviously, Apple TV+ isn’t giving up on its original series any time soon, though. The company already renewed nearly all of the shows in its growing lineup.
From Apple’s press release on the Ted Lasso season 2 renewal:
On the heels of the premiere of Apple’s buzzworthy hit series “Ted Lasso,” the acclaimed comedy watched by fans around the world has scored a 10-episode second season set to debut next year.
The fourth episode of the sports smash comedy will premiere globally this Friday, August 21 on Apple TV+. In this week’s new episode, Rebecca (Hannah Waddingham) hosts the team’s annual charity benefit, where Ted stages a reconciliation between Roy (Brett Goldstein) and Jamie (Phil Dunster).
Jason Sudeikis plays Ted Lasso, a small-time college football coach from Kansas hired to coach a professional soccer team in England, despite having no experience coaching soccer. In addition to starring, Sudeikis serves as executive producer, alongside Bill Lawrence (“Scrubs”) via his Doozer Productions, in association with Warner Bros. Television and Universal Television, a division of NBCUniversal Content. Doozer’s Jeff Ingold also serves as an executive producer with Liza Katzer as co-executive producer. The series was developed by Sudeikis, Lawrence, Joe Kelly and Brendan Hunt, and is based on the pre-existing format and characters from NBC Sports.