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First look: Jason Sudeikis in Apple TV+ Ted Lasso series

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Jason Sudeikis is the latest star name to head to Apple TV+ for new series Ted Lasso, and now, we’ve got our first look at him reprising his eponymous character.

The football coach was originated by the actor and comedian for NBC Sports several years ago. Now, Apple TV+ is bringing him back for his own solo outing. Simple called Ted Lasso, the comedy series sees Sudeikis once again play the small-time college football coach from Kansas, who is 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 a co-executive producer. The series was developed by Sudeikis, Lawrence, Joe Kelly, and Brendan Hunt.

It premieres on Apple TV+ on Friday 14th August.

Ted Lasso: Jason Sudeikis and Bill Lawrence team up for Apple TV+ comedy

19th October 2019

Jason Sudeikis and Bill Lawrence are teaming up for Ted Lasso, a new comedy for Apple TV+.

As the online giant prepares to launch its new streaming service on 1st November, it is steadily ramping up its commissions to prepare for repeated waves of new content after its initial line-up. On the comedy side of things, that means a formal green light to Ted Lasso, a comedy starring, co-written and executive produced by Jason Sudeikis.

He originated the character, a football coach, for NBC Sports several years ago. Since then, Sudeikis has gone on to star in a number of feature films such as We’re the Millers and Horrible Bosses, but is far from a stranger of the small screen: he had a nine-season run on Saturday Night Live up until 2013.

Another TV comedy veteran, Bill Lawrence (Scrubs), has co-written the series, which Deadline reports has been in the works at Apple TV+ for a year. It will see Sudeikis reprise his character of Ted, an idealistic, clueless US football coach who is hired to manage an English football club, despite having no experience of “soccer” at all. Sudeikis will be joined on screen by Brendan Hunt (Bless This Mess) as Coach Beard.

Ted Lasso is produced by Lawrence’s Doozer Productions in association with Warner Bros. Television. Sudeikis executive produces with Lawrence and Doozer’s Jeff Ingold.

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