Where is Season 3 of the Emmy-nominated “Ted Lasso”?
“Lasso” creator Bill Lawrence tells USA TODAY that filming has wrapped in England and that the finished product is in an editing bay somewhere in Los Angeles under the supervision of star Jason Sudeikis.
“Jason is cutting it now, and I’d expect to see the show soon,” says Lawrence, who transferred more of the workload onto Sudeikis and others over the course of the show’s first two seasons.
Lawrence says he has little involvement in Season 3 because he is co-creating a new Apple TV+ show, “Shrinking,” with Jason Segel and writer/actor Brett Goldstein, who won an Emmy for playing cranky “Lasso” footballer Roy Kent and also co-wrote “Lasso” with Brendan Hunt, who plays Coach Beard.
“It’s been a long shoot, and now it’s in editing; I don’t know when it’ll be released,” says Goldstein, who has been working on “Shrinking” by night and filming “Lasso” outside London by day via Zoom.
Is a vacation on the horizon? “No,” Goldstein says with a Kentish growl. “I work too much. Besides, I was on vacation. I watched every single World Cup game. It was fantastic.”
The excitement for upcoming “Lasso” episodes stems in part from the drought fans have endured since Season 2’s 12-episode finale in October 2021. The 10-episode first season premiered in August 2020, providing a welcome upbeat respite for a nation in the grip of a pandemic funk.
The show was a big hit with critics and fans alike, despite the fact that it grew out of a silly ad created by Sudeikis, who played an optimistic American college football coach, to promote NBC’s broadcasting of Premier League soccer matches.
“Lasso” won seven Emmys in its first season and four more in its second season, including back-to-back wins for Outstanding Comedy Series.
The show’s success aided Lawrence, best known for “Spin City” and “Scrubs,” in landing a five-year, nine-figure deal with Warner Bros television, which begins this year.
Lawrence says he doesn’t envy Sudeikis’ pressure, which has led to online reports that the Season 3 delay is due to the show’s demanding star and leader necessitating numerous script rewrites. Apple representatives declined to comment on the reports or the release date of the third season.
“I ran ‘Lasso’ the first year, and you could tell right away that Jason is a monster talent both in front of and behind the camera,” Lawrence says. “Jason and I ran it together the second year, but now he’s got this responsibility of landing the plane with all these big expectations.”
Sudeikis is justified in taking all the time he needs to wrap up this third – and apparently final – season of the improbable cultural juggernaut, says Lawrence.
“Jason is a perfectionist, and I have complete faith in him,” he says. “He’ll knock it out of the park, but not under bizarre time constraints that mean nothing to anyone except streaming sites.”