Ted Lasso, the comedy that became the first surprise Apple TV+ hit, earned rave reviews with its recent series finale — and now Apple CEO Tim cook wants more!
That’s according to Brendan Hunt, one of the creators and stars of Ted Lasso. Whether Cook will get it or not remains an open question, however.
Ted Lasso season 4: Yea or nay?
Hunt, who played Coach Beard on the series, recently told the Los Angeles Times about Cook’s hopes for the future of Ted Lasso.
“Tim Cook came to visit the set one day, and when he had his moment to speak in the middle of the locker room, he said, ‘Thank you for all your hard work, and I sure hope there’s a Season 4,'” Hunt said. “The position was made very clear, with a Beard-style modicum of vocabulary.”
Ever since it debuted on Apple TV+ in mid-2020 during the COVID-19 lockdowns, Ted Lasso pulled a large audience thanks to a charming mixture of folksy aphorisms and unbridled optimism. The show arrived at just the right time for a world desperate for something — anything — with an uplifting message.
Over three seasons, Saturday Night Live alum Jason Sudeikis portrayed the lead character of Ted Lasso, an amiable American football coach hired out of spite to lead a British soccer club. The third season came to an end last month with a finale that left fans wanting more.
three weeks without ted lasso pic.twitter.com/LEZv4HSpJc
— barbi (@t3dlassc) June 20, 2023
Rumors swirl about a Ted Lasso film or spinoff
We previously heard rumors of a possible fourth season. Other scuttlebutt talked up a Ted Lasso film or spinoff focused on one of the show’s other characters.
“I don’t know whether it comes back as a film,” actor Nick Mohammed, who played Nate Shelly on the show, recently told Esquire. “I’ve heard rumors of spinoffs… Who knows?”
Even the official Apple TV account on Twitter served up a glimmer of hope after the season three finale.
Smells like potential. pic.twitter.com/yZY6lirebY
— Apple TV (@AppleTV) June 6, 2023
But Hunt’s comments to the Times offer the clearest hope yet that somebody very powerful in Cupertino wants more Ted Lasso.
First, the creative team will take a much-deserved break. And then they will figure out what — if anything — comes next.
“Everything’s on the table now, including nothing,” Hunt told the Times. “It’s been an all-in job for us for so long that we’re going to go away for a little bit and take a break, and then we’ll reconvene and figure out if something else is going to happen.”
It’s not too late to get on the Ted Lasso train
If you never watched Ted Lasso and want a shortcut, you can watch our season one and season two video recaps. And if you’re an Apple TV+ subscriber, you can stream all three seasons in their entirety now.
The only problem is, then you’ll probably be wanting a fourth season of Ted Lasso — just like Tim Cook.