Football-is-life comedy “Ted Lasso” Recently won the World Cup of Television.
The brash feel-good show (tagline: “Kindness Makes a Comeback”) was nominated for a record 20 Emmys—one more than the impossibly catchy “Glee” in 2010—and won seven.
“Lasso,” soon to wrap it up second season On Apple TV+, took home the coveted statuette for Outstanding Comedy Series, and won for Outstanding Actor in a Comedy Series for Star, Co-Producer and Executive Producer Jason Sudeikis and Hannah Waddingham and Brett Goldstein for their supporting roles.
At an opening ceremony last weekend, “Lasso” won three Emmys for casting, sound mixing and editing.
“This show is about family, mentors and teachers, about teammates, and I wouldn’t be here in my life without those three things,” Sudeikis said as he accepted his Best Actor award at Sunday’s Emmys. said. “I’m as good as you guys make me look. It means the world is a mirror to me that you guys give me.”
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In the prehistoric times of broadcast-network dominance, many would have tuned into “lasso”. Not so in our fragmented pay-by-month streaming era, where Apple has to compete for viewership time and dollars with rivals like HBO Max and Hulu, Netflix, and myriad others.
So in case you’ve never seen “Lasso” and its Emmy bling, now that you’re curious, we’re here with a quick largely spoiler-free overview.
A disclaimer: Your guide, while a fan of the typical gritty backstabbing TV fare by HBO’s “Succession,” is also a one-time collegiate soccer player exemplified by last year’s Emmys for the quirky lets-all-get-together show. There is a soft spot. fave, “Shits Creek.” Pass the Kleenex. please.
how did it start?
“Ted Lasso” was born out of a beautifully scripted joke. Back in 2013, Sudeikis then went on to wrap up a successful decade on “Saturday Night Live”. Video for NBC Sports To help the network promote its new coverage of English Premier League soccer matches.
The five-minute clip featured a mustache, visor-clad Sudeikis, a proud Kanson, as Ted Lasso, a Midwestern college football coach hired to lead real-life club Tottenham Hotspur. Gaggs himself wrote. Told that football matches could end in ties, Lasso says that if American football did so, “which could be listed in the revelation as the cause of the apocalypse.”
After a second lasso ESPN promo went viral in 2014, the actor floated the idea of a lasso-based series with longtime friend and now co-star Brendan Hunt, encouraged by his then-wife, British actress and director Olivia Wilde. began to develop. . The upbeat show debuted in August 2020, which is a welcome antidote to a stringent pandemic.
Who are the players?
Coaches played by Sudeikis and Hunt take over a fictional English team called AFC Richmond, whose newly divorced owner Rebecca Welton (Wadingham) secretly wants Lasso’s alleged footballing incompetence to return to his illustrious former Torpedo the squad. But guess again.
Lasso’s unbridled Americanism pursues both and eventually wins over a rainbow-aligned team that includes a wrathful fading star of a captain, Roy Kent (Goldstein); Jamie Tart (Phil Dunster), a ferocious wonderkind with daddy issues; And a dashing if homesick young Nigerian, Sam Obisnya (Tonib Jimoh).
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While the show’s focus may be on the struggling squad, it’s impossible to miss team owner Welton, their gal-pal and squad marketing manager Keely Jones (Juno Temple) and—the extremely independent nature—in the current second season. The finale will be released on October 8th) – Team Psychiatrist Dr. Sharon Fieldstone (Sarah Niles). When it comes to really learning life lessons, all three women are a blend of strength and vulnerability.
Not surprisingly, Sudeikis’ NBC lasso videos played like “SNL” short films, two-dimensional sketches that were heavy on laughs drawn from the absurd premise of an American pigskin coach suddenly drawn into the sacred world of English football. It does not make a TV series.
But Sudeikis and Hunt’s quiet genius was in making Lasso’s Mr. Nice Guy nature both mirror and puzzle. Whether it’s his handmade locker-room poster (reading just “believe”), his make-you-think-twice proverbs (“Be curious, not judgmental,” he says, echoing poet Walt Whitman) or, ultimately In his struggle with personal demons, viewers are challenged to embrace their better angels. The exact opposite of the infamous “Seinfeld” mantra: “No hugs, no learning.”
The feel-good ripple effect of “Lasso” has launched a thousand pop-culture essays. On the cheerleading side are headlines such as “The Strange Bipartisan Appeal of ‘Ted Lasso’” (Politico) and “‘Ted Lasso,” ‘The Great North,’ and the Art of Nice” (The New York Times). : “Do we still need Ted Lasso’s relentless American positivity?” (The New Republic). Lasso’s answer to all would be to offer only a smile and his trademark homemade biscuit.
How’s the football?
The drama on display in “Ted Lasso” is astonishing and comfortably realistic, which may resonate with football players at large. But it does make a difference, ultimately helping viewers believe in the struggles of the fictional AFC Richmond.
Part of this is done with a mix of special effects and clever editing, allowing for flashy footwork or pinpoint passing to mimic the real thing. It also helped that all the actors were tested not only for their acting but also for their athleticism. And then there’s Cristo Fernandez, whose character Dani Rojas always has a beaming smile and an exclamation “Football is life!” ready with. Shout out (Fernandez played pro soccer in Mexico. It shows.)
There are inevitable glitches. A pro team has dozens of players, but somehow AFC Richmond barely has 11 players to start the game. And while most Premier League teams have massive stadiums, Richmond looks like a local park.
But you certainly don’t come close to “Ted Lasso” for football. You come 30 minutes a week to live in a pandemic-free fantasy world where people are kind and possibilities are wide open. And it’s a place worth cheering for.