2:00pm PT by Lesley Goldberg
Jason Sudeikis Revives Ted Lasso for Apple TV Series
Ted Lasso is alive and well and has signed on for a new gig — at Apple.
Jason Sudeikis is reviving his American football coach for a straight-to-series comedy for the iPhone maker.
Co-created, co-written and executive produced by the Saturday Night Live alum and Bill Lawrence, Ted Lasso will see Sudeikis step back into his role as the titular all-American football coach who is hired to manage an English football club — despite having no soccer coaching experience at all.
The character was first created in 2013 as part of promotional videos for NBC Sports. (Watch one of those, below.)
The Apple show marks Sudeikis' first TV series-regular role since he departed SNL in 2013. Lawrence (Scrubs) will executive produce via his Warner Bros. TV-based Doozer Productions. Doozer's head of TV Jeff Ingold will also exec produce, while the company's Liza Katzer will co-exec produce the series, which is currently in production.
All told, this is Apple's fourth show from Warner Bros. TV, joining three others from exec producer J.J. Abrams (Lisey's Story, My Glory Was I Had Such Friends and Little Voice).
Sudeikis' film credits include We're the Millers and Horrible Bosses. Lawrence counts TV's Cougar Town, Spin City and the recently canceled Whiskey Cavalier among his résumé.
Apple continues to add to its roster of originals ahead of its TV+ launch on Nov. 1. The service will cost $5 per month and will debut with the scripted originals The Morning Show, See, Dickinson and For All Mankind, as well as a few docs.