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After a devastating rout by Manchester City in the FA Cup semifinal, the Richmond team was licking their wounds in the locker room when they got an unwelcome visitor: Jamie Tartt's father, James (Kieran O'Brien), a foul-mouthed Man City fan who came to berate his son on the loss, while still asking for his credentials ... Entertainment Tonight'Ted Lasso' Episode 8 Recap: Phil Dunster on Jamie and Roy's Emotional Breakthrough (Exclusive)

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Everything you need to know about Ted Lasso, the charming sports comedy with 20 Emmy nominations

ABC News 11 September, 2021 - 05:01pm

It turns out that a sweet comedy about men and women trying to be good – against the backdrop of English Premier League soccer – was exactly the antidote we all needed for a year and a half of rolling lockdowns.

The runaway success of Ted Lasso has also turned the sweet-tempered fish-out-of-water comedy into an inescapable part of internet discourse, with people arguing over what the series is about and whether season two, which premiered at the end of July, is any good. But we'll get to that.

Ted Lasso ain't no rodeo. He's an affable and unflappably optimistic American football coach (played by Sudeikis, sporting a hearty moustache). When he's hired to head up flailing fictional English Premier League team AFC Richmond, Ted moves to London, leaving behind his wife and young son — but bringing his laconic 2IC, Coach Beard (Brendan Hunt).

Unbeknownst to Ted, he's just a pawn in a plan to sabotage the club.

Richmond's new owner, Rebecca Welton (Game of Thrones's Hannah Waddingham), won the club in her divorce settlement. In an attempt to get back at her cheating ex-husband, she hires the least-qualified coach possible – a man who doesn't even know the rules of soccer.

Ted eventually wins Rebecca over — by dint of daily shortbread deliveries (more on that later) and sheer will – but it'll take more than biscuits to get the team on board.

Fair, but that's just the set-up: Ted Lasso is fundamentally a show that offers – among the tight jokes and underdog sporting story – a vision of positive masculinity, camaraderie and redemption.

Ted Lasso won a Peabody earlier this year "for offering the perfect counter to the enduring prevalence of toxic masculinity, both on-screen and off, in a moment when the nation truly needs inspiring models of kindness".

The character of Ted is optimistic, kind and encouraging – and basically the opposite to the flawed, cynical antihero we're used to watching in American TV comedies (see: Curb Your Enthusiasm; It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia).

And he's not the only 'good man' in Ted Lasso. While Richmond captain Roy Kent (comedian Brett Goldstein) is gruff and hard around the edges, his capacity for kindness – especially towards his young niece – is a real joy to watch.

Goldstein, who is also a writer on the show, told Vanity Fair that people don't acknowledge the less feel-good aspects of Ted Lasso often enough – where characters grapple with relationship breakdowns, career troubles and problems with their sense of self.

"It's dark, it's really dark. But it is about people being their best selves in difficult circumstances," he said.

On Double J podcast Bang On, broadcaster and journalist Myf Warhurst agreed, describing Ted Lasso as "a sporting-based show, but it's actually got nothing to do with sport. It's about feeling good and it's about raising people up and finding their best selves".

We won't spoil why exactly Ted decides to move to America – only that it's heart-wrenching and real.

Yep, Ted Lasso was originally created in 2013 to promote NBC Sports's coverage of the English Premier League in America. In the promo, then-Saturday Night Live star Sudeikis played Ted as he landed in England to coach a real EPL team, Tottenham Hotspur.

After the promo proved popular, Sudeikis, Hunt, Scrubs creator Bill Lawrence, and former SNL writer Joe Kelly developed Ted Lasso for TV.

Phil Dunster (Humans) stars as the team's arrogant striker Jamie Tartt, and Juno Temple (Dirty John) as his model girlfriend Keeley Jones, who later becomes the club's manager of marketing and public relations.

As for the rest of the club's staff: Comedian Nick Mohammed (Drifters) is kit-man-turned-assistant-coach Nathan Shelley, and you might recognise Jeremy Swift, who plays Director of Football Operations Leslie Higgins, from his turn on Downton Abbey (Spratt!).

In season two, Sarah Niles (Catastrophe) joins the cast as sports psychologist Dr. Sharon Fieldstone.

Let's clear it up: despite the viral Reddit thread that posits that the character could have come straight from the video game FIFA, Roy Kent is not CGI.

While yes, we can't deny that the character has a certain unreal glow around him, he is, as stated, played by Goldstein, who is a real man.

The comedian and writer responded to the conspiracy earlier this month by leaning into the joke as an animated avatar on Twitter: "I am a completely real, normal, human man, who just happens to live in a VFX house, and does normal, human, basic things like rendering and buffering and transferring data."

Ted wins Rebecca over with shortbread, delivered in a pink box. We won't spoil where Ted gets them from. But here's a spot-on recipe if you want to make them yourself.

Daniel Fienberg in The Hollywood Reporter wrote: "It’s sweet, hopeful and obstinately corny … every episode climaxes with the sort of emotional uplift most shows would save for a season finale."

But Inkoo Kang offers an alternative vision for Ted Lasso in The Washington Post: "Given the international makeup of AFC Richmond, I would've preferred a show about soccer culture in the UK that deals more directly with the racial dynamics within its fan base, for example – an issue that Sudeikis himself recently addressed off-screen."

Some people have dismissed season two as it shifts its focus away from cheerful Ted's attempts to win over an unimpressed EPL team, and into the not-so-healthy psyches of Ted and his players.

In season two, it becomes apparent that a positive attitude is not actually enough to solve all of life's problems.

Doreen St. Félix in The New Yorker has the most cutting review: "The new season … can feel underbaked and free-floating, the writing formulaic, the plots even slighter than they were in Season 1."

But Jen Chaney in Vulture disagrees: "All of the more serious beats in this season of Ted Lasso are addressed in the exact proper proportion to the lighter, funnier moments so that it doesn't feel like a different show, just one that's added a couple layers of depth."

Ted Lasso has earned the most Emmy nominations ever for the first season of a comedy show with 20 across 12 categories, including Outstanding Comedy Series, Writing, Directing, Lead Actor, and Supporting Actor and Actress.

It has got some solid competition for Outstanding Comedy Series against the critically praised Hacks and the groundbreaking Black-ish, while Jason Sudeikis faces a stiff contest against Black-ish star Anthony Anderson, Michael Douglas (The Kominsky Method) and William H. Macy (Shameless) for Lead Actor.

Given that the show dominates the Supporting Actor category (with nominations for Goldstein, Hunt, Mohammed and Swift), surely they'll walk away with that one.

Yes, Apple confirmed a third season of Ted Lasso at the end of 2020 – before season two had even gone into production. We're likely to see the series on screens next year.

New episodes of Ted Lasso drop on Friday afternoons on Apple TV+.

If you're looking for other light comedies about friendship and optimism in the workplace, may we suggest these classics of the genre: Parks and Recreation, 30 Rock, Brooklyn Nine-Nine or Scrubs.

For more easy-watching fish-out-of-water comedies, try Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt , featuring Ellie Kemper as a cult survivor, and Dan and Eugene Levy's family comedy Schitt's Creek, which blitzed the Emmys last year with its feel-good final season.

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Ted Lasso fans in tears as latest episode reveals character's backstory

Metro.co.uk 11 September, 2021 - 12:27pm

The second season of the show has just two instalments left after Friday night’s episode finally delved deeper into Ted’s (Jason Sudeikis) past.

Up until now, it had been hinted there were some difficult events that had taken place in the football coach’s past, but things became a lot clearer in the latest episode.

Episode eight saw Ted decide to confront the emotions surrounding his father’s death by calling on Dr Sharon Fieldstone (Sarah Niles).

He explained to the AFC Richmond’s psychologist his father died by suicide when he was a teenager.

‘My father killed himself when I was 16, that happened to me and my mum,’ he tearfully told her.

‘And look, I don’t know If that’s where maybe some of my issues stem from, but… I just wanted to let you know.’

It comes just a few episodes after Ted told Jamie (Phil Dunster) of his father, that he was ‘a lot harder on himself than he ever was on me.’

The episode, titled Man City, addressed the previous moment as well as several other scenes which have foreshadowed something traumatic from when he was younger.

Fans were left in tears by the very emotional episode of the show which included Ted’s revelation.

One commented: ‘I THOUGHT THIS WAS A SILLY LITTLE FOOTBALL SHOW BUT ITS 1AM AND IM CRYING GOODBYE.’

‘Ted Lasso writers please let him be happy next season #tedlasso,’ wrote another.

A third said: ‘Holy hell the newest episode of Ted Lasso. I’m not emotionally stable enough for this. And I want more. #TedLasso #RoyKent #JamieTartt #Family.’

‘We just watched the two newest Ted Lasso episodes… damn that show knows how to hit me in the feels. #TedLasso,’ agreed a fourth.

It makes sense now. #TedLasso pic.twitter.com/YhmYgOTtao

these two moments back to back… i didn’t know i could cry that much???? #tedlasso pic.twitter.com/mIrF1cRbi0

Wild how I stayed up just so I can cry #TedLasso pic.twitter.com/6xQIItsosI

me after watching #TedLasso every week pic.twitter.com/j5HAdHj7dE

It comes just a few days after actor Nate actor Nick Mohammed opened up about the ‘rumbling discourse’ surrounding his character as he seems to be undergoing a character transformation.

Nick addressed the change in his Nate, assuring fans: ‘Just a quickie to say I’m aware of the rumbling discourse within the #TedLasso community on Nate’s journey this season.

‘It all adds up. Promise to respond once we get to the very end, for now, however, I remain a silly little actor playing a d**khead!’ he added with a clown emoji at the end.

Ted Lasso is available to watch on Apple TV Plus

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Ted Lasso’s Phil Dunster on the Reeducation of Jamie Tartt

Vulture 10 September, 2021 - 07:00pm

“When he hits his dad and turns to Roy and embraces him, I think in that moment, he becomes part of that [Richmond] family,” Dunster tells Vulture, in an accent much softer than Jamie’s Manchester brogue. But don’t expect Jamie to become Ted Lasso Jr. — at least, not until he lets his eyebrow racing stripe grow out. Here, Dunster discusses that particular character detail, what it’s like to embrace Roy Kent, and what the self-proclaimed “soppy guy” finds so meaningful about working on a show like Ted Lasso.

'Ted Lasso': Sarah Niles Learned How to Ride a Bike to Play Dr. Sharon Fieldstone in Season 2

Showbiz Cheat Sheet 10 September, 2021 - 06:43pm

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In the premiere episode of Ted Lasso Season 2 something tragic happens on the pitch. AFC Richmond player Dani Rojas (Cristo Fernández) accidentally hits the team’s mascot, a greyhound named Earl, with a soccer ball during a match. Earl’s fatally injured which leaves a normally happy-go-lucky Rojas shaken. 

No longer is Rojas scoring goals or saying “football is life.” Instead, he has nightmares about killing Earl and can barely kick the ball. So who does the team call? Sports psychologist Dr. Sharon Fieldstone. She works with Rojas to help him understand that while “football is life” it’s also death. By the end of the episode, Rojas is back to himself and Leslie Higgins, as played by Downton Abbey’s Jeremy Swift, has hired Dr. Fieldstone. By the second episode — no spoilers — Lasso makes some headway with the doctor.

When Ted Lasso viewers meet Dr. Fieldstone they learn she rides her bike to work. Upon landing the role Niles had a problem. She didn’t know how to ride a bike, the actor told The New York Times in July 2021. 

“One of the funny things about this project was the bike riding. Before I started this job, I couldn’t ride a bike,” she said. “I don’t know what happened in my childhood. I’m going to have to seek some therapy about why I didn’t know how to ride a bike.”

Jason Sudeikis had a very coach Lasso reaction when Sarah Niles revealed she couldn’t ride a bike

It seems as if coach Lasso might be rubbing off on Ted Lasso star and co-creator Sudeikis because he wasn’t deterred when Niles told him she couldn’t ride a bike. 

“I kind of told Jason, ‘Look, I can’t ride a bike.’ He’s like [voice shifts to mimic him]: ‘Oh, don’t worry about it. You’ll get it. You’ll get it,’” she recalled. 

Judging by the way Niles says Sudeikis reacted, the Horrible Bosses alum might’ve taken a cue from Lasso’s “believe” sign in the AFC Richmond locker room. 

Shut the door!! So thrilled to be a part of Season 2 ⁦@TedLasso⁩ with this brilliant cast, the #tedlasso love received for Dr Sharon so far.. and i’m a gif! ❤️💙❤️🙌🏾🙌🏾 pic.twitter.com/bfcy6yIivQ

Niles wasn’t necessarily concerned about having to learn how to ride a bike for Ted Lasso. It became a sort of crash course in all things Ted Lasso. “You get to learn something new. It’s all very Ted Lasso that you learn something new in life,” she said.

The actor described the experience of “just getting in the park and getting on the bike” as “wonderful,” saying she got help from family and friends. Niles went to a park close to her home to practice, and she could eventually say she knew how to ride a bike. 

See Niles as Dr. Fieldstone in Ted Lasso Season 2. A new episode drops every Friday on AppleTV+ at 3 a.m. EST. 

Sarah Niles learned how to ride a bike for her role in Ted Lasso Season 2. The I May Destroy You alum recently opened up about how she learned, what Jason Sudeikis said when she told him she didn’t know how to ride a bike, and why it was a “very Ted Lasso” thing to do. 

In the premiere episode of Ted Lasso Season 2 something tragic happens on the pitch. AFC Richmond player Dani Rojas (Cristo Fernández) accidentally hits the team’s mascot, a greyhound named Earl, with a soccer ball during a match. Earl’s fatally injured which leaves a normally happy-go-lucky Rojas shaken. 

No longer is Rojas scoring goals or saying “football is life.” Instead, he has nightmares about killing Earl and can barely kick the ball. So who does the team call? Sports psychologist Dr. Sharon Fieldstone. She works with Rojas to help him understand that while “football is life” it’s also death. By the end of the episode, Rojas is back to himself and Leslie Higgins, as played by Downton Abbey’s Jeremy Swift, has hired Dr. Fieldstone. By the second episode — no spoilers — Lasso makes some headway with the doctor.

When Ted Lasso viewers meet Dr. Fieldstone they learn she rides her bike to work. Upon landing the role Niles had a problem. She didn’t know how to ride a bike, the actor told The New York Times in July 2021. 

“One of the funny things about this project was the bike riding. Before I started this job, I couldn’t ride a bike,” she said. “I don’t know what happened in my childhood. I’m going to have to seek some therapy about why I didn’t know how to ride a bike.”

Jason Sudeikis had a very coach Lasso reaction when Sarah Niles revealed she couldn’t ride a bike

It seems as if coach Lasso might be rubbing off on Ted Lasso star and co-creator Sudeikis because he wasn’t deterred when Niles told him she couldn’t ride a bike. 

“I kind of told Jason, ‘Look, I can’t ride a bike.’ He’s like [voice shifts to mimic him]: ‘Oh, don’t worry about it. You’ll get it. You’ll get it,’” she recalled. 

Judging by the way Niles says Sudeikis reacted, the Horrible Bosses alum might’ve taken a cue from Lasso’s “believe” sign in the AFC Richmond locker room. 

Shut the door!! So thrilled to be a part of Season 2 ⁦@TedLasso⁩ with this brilliant cast, the #tedlasso love received for Dr Sharon so far.. and i’m a gif! ❤️💙❤️🙌🏾🙌🏾 pic.twitter.com/bfcy6yIivQ

Niles wasn’t necessarily concerned about having to learn how to ride a bike for Ted Lasso. It became a sort of crash course in all things Ted Lasso. “You get to learn something new. It’s all very Ted Lasso that you learn something new in life,” she said.

The actor described the experience of “just getting in the park and getting on the bike” as “wonderful,” saying she got help from family and friends. Niles went to a park close to her home to practice, and she could eventually say she knew how to ride a bike. 

See Niles as Dr. Fieldstone in Ted Lasso Season 2. A new episode drops every Friday on AppleTV+ at 3 a.m. EST. 

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