Sad news for “Ted Lasso” fans, as the creator of the popular Apple TV+ series has commented that the sports comedy may only run for the three seasons that Apple has committed to, no matter how popular the show is.
Bill Lawrence – who created the series along with series star Jason Sudeikis, Joe Kelly, and Brendan Hunt – said on a podcast that the show probably won’t go beyond the third season.
While it has not yet been widely reported, Lawrence said as much on an early December episode of Fake Doctors, Real Friends, a Scrubs rewatch podcast hosted by series stars Zach Braff and Donald Faison. During a conversation about the state of The Mandalorian, Lawrence was opining on the difficulty of making a second season to a show where everyone loved the first season. When asked whether he was concerned about that on Ted Lasso, he said it was less of an issue on a series that is designed as finite.
“I think that ours is a little different because Jason, as he’s kind of mapping it out, it’s a three-season show,” Lawrence explained. “So…super-fans know that [The Mandalorian is] connecting tissue in the Star Wars universe, and for us, everybody knows that they get an end to this story in the third season.”
“Ted Lasso is a three-season show. After the third season, I will desperately try to get Mr. Sudeikis to do a…” he continued before proposing “The only way I think a fourth season of Ted Lasso exists would be if TL went and coached a soccer team that played about a block from Jason’s house in real life, you know what I mean? He’s got young kids.”
Filming for the second season of Lasso has yet to start, but will hopefully begin in London in early January. However, the series is expected to air sometime in 2021.