‘Ted Lasso’ Season 3 Could Take Some Time
It’s been almost a year since the last episode of Ted Lassowas broadcast – and for the show’s continued pop-cultural presence in prompting comparisons between its title character and virtually every American manager or coach in the world of English football. After a host of Emmy wins this year and reports that the upcoming season will be the last, countless Ted Lasso viewers wondered when they might see this third season.
It’s a question that doesn’t have a clear answer – but if a recent behind-the-scenes report from Matthew Belloni at Puck is any indication, the answer certainly looks like a case of later rather than sooner. Belloni points to a comment the show’s star and co-creator Jason Sudekis made at the Emmys, when he said season three would air “at some point.”
Belloni’s article explores the various factors that caused Ted Lasso season three will take longer than expected, especially for a show largely built around dynamics and interpersonal relationships. One of the reasons he points to is a change in showrunners – Bill Lawrence, best known for his work on Scrubs, filled that role for the first two seasons, with Sudekis taking over this year. This, in turn, led to the rewriting of a number of scripts.
Ted LassoThe increased popularity of may also have inadvertently led to delays for the upcoming season. At the end of 2021, the show announced that it had signed a licensing agreement with the Premier League allowing wider use of the various teams’ kits and logos on Ted Lasso. In his article, Belloni cites an example of how the show’s wider access levels may have led to further delays – namely that the sanctions against then-Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich and the subsequent sale of the club by Abramovich, delayed filming for part of the season.
Also, it turns out Ted Lasso is a show richer in effects than you’d think – with stadium sequences in particular involving a lot of post-production work.
There’s a lot covered in Belloni’s article, including some educated speculation on whether a season four is out of the question. If you’ve been patiently waiting for the next season, may I recommend co-star and writer Brett Goldstein’s podcast Films to bury to help you out? Given that Goldstein has interviewed a number of his castmates on the show, there’s also not a small amount of behind-the-scenes looks. Ted Lasso to find there – with plenty of great conversations about movies and TV to boot.
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