Football-based sitcom Ted Lasso has become one of the most talked-about series of 2021 after some stunning surprises in season two. Co-creator Bill Lawrence has recently opened up about what fans can expect from its third and possibly final instalment when it arrives on Apple TV+ next year.
Bill Lawrence has confirmed both Dr Sharon Fieldstone (played by Sarah Niles) and Trent Crimm (James Lance) will both return in Ted Lasso season three.
Both characters were assumed to be leaving the sports-comedy series as the finale appeared to put a cap on their season two storylines.
However, previewing the upcoming season, the producer confirmed they’ll once again be playing major roles when Ted Lasso comes back.
He told Deadline: “I can tell you both of them have significant roles next year.”
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Therapist Dr Fieldstone helped much of AFC Richmond confront their various mental health issues, including their upbeat American coach Ted Lasso (Jason Sudeikis) himself.
It appeared her time at the club had come to an end, but Lawrence confirmed she’ll be returning to the main cast for the show’s next outing.
Plus, Trent Crimm of the Independent will also factor into season three, despite losing his job in the finale.
Following Ted’s panic attack during a crucial game against Tottenham Hotspur, assistant coach Nate (Nick Mohammed) provided details of the events as an anonymous tip.
Richmond’s endearing underdog story may have captured the hearts of millions of fans worldwide, but star and co-creator Jason Sudeikis maintained Ted Lasso was always envisioned as a three-season arc.
Even so, co-star Brendan Hunt wasn’t so sure, with supporting actor Toheeb Jimoh also voicing his support for a fourth season.
Whatever the case, Ted Lasso will at least be back next year for more football action, gentle comedy and touching character drama.
Fellow series regulars Hannah Waddingham, Juno Temple and Brett Goldstein are also expected to return.
Bill Lawrence confirmed: “We always try to be close to a year apart, so I would hope to see the show back in the August-type area.”
He also noted their schedule for season two had to be worked around the recent Olympic Games, so season three’s production should be much sooner.
Filming for season three is aiming to begin around January 2022, just in time for its projected summer release.
Ted Lasso seasons 1 and 2 are available to stream on Apple TV+.