According to Deadline, Apple TV+ has officially given a straight-to-series order to Saturday Night Live alum Jason Sudeikis’s forthcoming comedy series titled Ted Lasso, based on Sudeikis’ popular NBC Sports character. The actor-comedian is also expected to star in the series, returning as the titular American football coach.
Sudeikis first portrayed the character in 2013 as part of NBC Sports’ promotional videos. His Ted Lasso videos had already garnered more than 10 million views since its release.
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Co-written by Sudeikis and Bill Lawrence, the half-hour comedy series will follow the story of Ted Lasso, who finds himself in a difficult situation when he was suddenly hired to manage an English soccer team despite not having any soccer coaching experience. In addition to Sudeikis, Bless This Mess actor Brendan Hunt has also been cast for the role of Coach Beard.
Ted Lasso will be executive produced by Sudeikis along with Lawrence, Jeff Ingold, Liza Katzer through their Doozer Productions banner. Hunt will also be serving as a producer.
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Some of the original shows that will launch on Apple’s upcoming streaming service include Steven Spielberg’s Amazing Stories anthology, The Morning Show drama starring Reese Witherspoon, Jennifer Aniston, and Steve Carell, See starring Jason Momoa and Alfre Woodard, and Defending Jacob starring Chris Evans and Jaeden Martell.