While Jason Sudeikis confirms Ted Lasso is only planned for three seasons, costar Brendan Hunt jokes their love for working on the wildly successful show "screws up the whole plan"

By Jen Juneau
July 22, 2021 11:04 AM
Advertisement
Ted Lasso — Season 2 Official Trailer
Brendan Hunt, Jason Sudeikis and Nick Mohammed on Ted Lasso
| Credit: Apple TV+

Is Ted Lasso serving biscuits past a third season? Believe!

During Thursday's episode of the Today show, costars Jason Sudeikis and Brendan Hunt — who play the titular coach and his assistant, Coach Beard, on the wildly popular series — chatted with Hoda Kotb about how their original idea for the show to span just three seasons was put in place before it blew up.

"That's our negotiation tactic," joked Sudeikis, 45, of the three-season plan before Al Roker jumped in with, "I think it has to be four, just to be even."

According to the Saturday Night Live alum, three seasons "was just the way [they] conceived" the show, and it's still the goal — "as of now."

"We also assumed we would be well tired of it after two [seasons] but no, we're not, so that screws up the whole plan," Hunt said.

Sudeikis added, "I thought it was super cocky of us to think we'd make it to three. That was just swagger that has now manifested into actually having to do it. It's frightening."

Never miss a story — sign up for PEOPLE's free daily newsletter to stay up-to-date on the best of what PEOPLE has to offer, from juicy celebrity news to compelling human-interest stories.

The Apple TV+ series, which will have a 12-episode second season, follows college-level American football coach Ted Lasso as he's tapped to lead fictional English Premier League team AFC Richmond, without prior experience working in soccer.

The series also stars Hannah Waddingham, Jeremy Swift, Juno Temple, Brett Goldstein, Phil Dunster and Nick Mohammed. Joining the show in its sophomore run is actress Sarah Niles as a sports psychologist named Sharon who is being brought in to work with AFC Richmond.

Ted Lasso
Jason Sudeikis on Ted Lasso
| Credit: Apple TV+

Following its 2020 premiere, Ted Lasso has gone on to nab several major accolades, most recently a Peabody Award. Sudeikis, who is also an executive producer on the show, has earned a Screen Actors Guild Award and a Golden Globe Award for best male actor in a comedy series.

Sudeikis is nominated alongside six of his costars, including Hunt, for acting Emmy Awards this year, while the show is also up for six other Primetime Emmys, including outstanding comedy series.

RELATED VIDEO: 2021 Emmy Awards Nominations: The Crown, Ted Lasso and WandaVision Lead

Earlier this month, Temple, 32, opened up to PEOPLE about the moment she found out she had been nominated for her role as Keeley Jones.

"I'm feeling a lot of things," she said in part of her reaction to being nominated for outstanding supporting actress in a comedy series.

"I'm just grateful that I get to go through this experience with an extraordinary team of people, who all got recognition," Temple added. "The fact that we just all got these nominations, it's the greatest way it could happen because it's teamwork makes the dream work and we're a team."

Ted Lasso season 2 premieres Friday on Apple TV+. In the meantime, the acclaimed show's entire first season is available on the streaming service.