At this week's Emmys, AppleTV+'s Ted Lasso was nominated 20 times and won four prizes, including outstanding comedy series, outstanding lead actor in a comedy series, outstanding supporting actor in a comedy series, and outstanding directing for a comedy series. However, there are currently uncertainties over the upcoming third (and reportedly final) season of the show.
After the second season of Ted Lasso won the coveted awards for Outstanding Comedy Series, Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series, and Outstanding Supporting Actor, demand in the third season skyrocketed. Recent sources indicate that the completion of Ted Lasso season 3 is hampered by several factors, including screenplay and story modifications, location shoots, and post-production delays.
It is currently unknown whether Ted Lasso season 3 will be the final installment, which could be a factor in the last-minute changes. Due to the poignant nature of the series, fans have grown attached to the characters, and the delay has been stressful for many viewers eager to learn the fates of their favorite AFC Richmond players and coaches.
Hannah Waddingham and co-creator/actor Brendan Hunt, among others, have revealed tantalizing hints about their characters' impending storylines as a result of the season 3 delays. In addition, while some series stars have stated that they expected throughout the filming of Ted Lasso season 3 that the following season would be the final due to the writers' initial three-season concept, others, such as Brett Goldstein, have expressed optimism that the series continues beyond season 4. According to sources and the players' own comments regarding the upcoming season, it is evident that the performers are dealing with the production delays in a variety of ways.
Belloni continues by describing how the rewrites postponed the majority of filming until March, which was costly given that the cast had been on location since January, and how some of it continued into April.
A scene at Chelsea's Stamford Bridge stadium was halted due to the real-world Russian invasion of Ukraine, which forced team owner Roman Abramovich to sell the team. However, the cumulative effect has led to the season being an estimated 20 to 30 percent over budget, with significant post-production still to come.
Belloni says that these budget overruns are more problematic than normal due to the format of the event. The show is produced and managed by Warner Bros. Discovery, while AppleTV+ distributes it.
Apple pays some costs up front and then a proportion of the overall budget, but a show that exceeds its budget necessitates additional discussions on who will pay what share of that. Consequently, this will be an intriguing plotline to follow, especially as the start date for Season 3 approaches.