Jason Sudeikis is bringing his comedic chops to Apple’s forthcoming streaming platform.
The comedian and actor is reviving Ted Lasso for a new comedy series on Apple TV Plus. The streaming service has given the sitcom a series order. Aside from starring as the titular character, Sudeikis will be writing and executive producing the show.
Variety described Sudeikis’ character as “an idealistic all-American football coach hired to manage an English football club — despite having no soccer coaching experience at all.” The show will mark the comedian’s first regular live-action role on the small screen since he graduated from Saturday Night Live back in 2013. Sudeikis previously lend his voice to Son of Zorn’s main character back in 2016. The Fox series was a live-action/animation hybrid.
Ted Lasso was originally created for NBC Sports back in 2013 to promote the network’s move towards showing English Premier League games. Sudeikis appeared as Lasso in a number of shorts for the network and the character ended up being a success. Lasso returned in 2014 and served as an analyst for the network.
The pilot is co-written by Bill Lawrence (Doozer Productions) who is also lined up as executive producer. Executive producing under the same banner is Jeff Ingold along with Liza Katzer. The show’s production will be under Warner Bros. Television.
Since leaving the long-running sketch show SNL, Sudeikis went on to star in comedy films. He is best known for the Horrible Bosses series, We’re the Millers and as a bad guy in Colossal where he starred alongside Anne Hathaway.
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