Ted Lasso is the gift that keeps giving when it comes to racking up awards for Apple. On Sunday, the hit Apple TV+ comedy — about a hapless football coach who journeys to England to ply his trade with a soccer team — was honored with a pair of 2021 Writers Guild of America Awards.
Ted Lasso won both the Best New Series and Best Comedy Series prizes, adding a couple more accolades to the impressive collection the popular show has racked up since debuting.
As Apple notes:
“The Best New Series WGA Award was received by Ted Lasso writers Jane Becker, Leann Bowen, Brett Goldstein, Brendan Hunt, Joe Kelly, Bill Lawrence, Jamie Lee, Jason Sudeikis, Phoebe Walsh and Bill Wrubel. The Best Comedy Series nod went to Ted Lasso writers Becker, Bowen, Goldstein, Hunt, Kelly, Lawrence, Lee, Sudeikis, Walsh and Wrubel.”
More big wins for Ted Lasso
This comes not too long after Ted Lasso won a hat trick of awards at the 2021 Critics’ Choice Awards earlier this month. On that occasion, it garnered prizes for Best Comedy Series, Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series for Hannah Waddingham and Best Actor in a Comedy Series for Jason Sudeikis. Apple also recently earned Apple its first Golden Globes win, with Sudeikis winning for his lead role in the show.
According to Apple, its streaming TV service has now won a total of 86 awards, and picked up 329 awards nominations and accolades. Not all of those are necessarily of the same prestigiousness as one another. However, it’s an impressive showing for a streaming service that only launched less than 18 months ago. Apple has supposedly made winning awards a big part of its Apple TV+ strategy.
Ted Lasso has already been renewed by Apple for both a second and third series. While Apple has not released details of viewing figures for its shows, it seems safe to assume that Ted Lasso has proven one of its most popular bits of programming.