Ted Lasso became the most-nominated freshman comedy series in TV history with a record of 20 Emmy nominations. [The record previously belonged to Glee, which received 19 noms in 2010.] The Apple TV+ series is about an American football coach who moves to London to manage a soccer team, with no experience. Jason Sudeikis, who plays the upbeat Lasso, got an obvious nomination as Lead Actor in a Comedy Series. Lasso is the heart of the show, there’s no denying that. But his positive attitude and heartwarming demeanor are beautifully evened out by his fellow cast members who not only bring more humor to the story but also create a balance to his sometimes over-the-top energy.
It’s no surprise that there are four Ted Lasso actors—Brett Goldstein, Jeremy Swift, Nick Mohammed, and co-creator Brendan Hunt—nominated in the Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series. Hannah Waddingham and Juno Temple also received nominations in the Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series. It’s rare to see so many cast members battling it out for the same trophy but the multiple noms are indicative of the quality of work they are delivering as a group. The entire cast’s performances are what make this show the wonder that it is, and the Emmys surely took notice. —Karla Rodriguez