The upcoming Apple TV+ streaming service has given a series order to “Ted Lasso” in which Jason Sudeikis will star, write and executive produce.
Sudeikis will play Lasso, an idealistic all-American football coach hired to manage an English football club despite having no soccer coaching experience at all.
What’s interesting is that the character began essentially as a commercial – originally appearing in an NBC Sports video in 2013 to promote the fact that NBC Sports would begin broadcasting English Premier League games.
The character was so successful he was brought back the following year to serve as an analyst. Sudeikis is co-writing the pilot along with Bill Lawrence.
The project marks Sudeikis’ first regular onscreen television role since he left “Saturday Night Live” six years ago, aside from voicing the main character in the Fox live-action/animation hybrid series “Son of Zorn” in 2016.