‘Ted Lasso’ Season or Series Finale: As They Refuse to Confirm If This Is Really the End, Does It Matter to Emmy Voters?
10.08.2023 - 19:31
Michael Schneider Variety Editor at Large Keeping that in mind, there I was once again backstage last year in the press room when I realized that no one else was going to ask a similar question to the “Ted Lasso” cast and producers. Having won back-to-back Emmys for outstanding comedy, “Ted Lasso” was on a roll. And yet, there were already signals that “Ted Lasso” might wrap after a third and final season.
So, I asked star Jason Sudeikis that question. After they filed into the room and talked about the win, I got my turn at the mic. Sudeikis danced around an answer, which is why I kept asking the question.
Perhaps too many times, in too many different ways. (I know, suddenly I’m pretending to be Woodward and Bernstein backstage at the Emmys. But hey, why not try?) Soon, it became a bit of a game, as we were in a “Who’s on First”/Abbott and Costello-style dance.
It was a lively back-and-forth, but there was no actual confirmation either way. And I’ve come to realize that perhaps the star wasn’t so thrilled with me hogging the mic, trying to get an answer that he wasn’t ready to give. As others from the show chuckled to me later, “That was… fun?” (I noticeably haven’t been asked to moderate a “Ted Lasso” panel since then.
Which is fine. I still love the show. No hard feelings.) But here we are, nearly a year later… and we still don’t have a firm answer on the fate of “Ted Lasso.” I mean, we sort of do.
That Season 3 finale was titled “So Long, Farewell,” and it sure seemed to wrap up the series’ story. That pretty much confirmed something the stars and even Sudeikis had been saying for the past year: That this was a three-season tale they were telling, and that story had reached its conclusion. But the parsing of words
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