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Breaking Down Ted Lasso and Its Smashing Success

Last updated: July 28, 2021

The new season of hit comedy Ted Lasso is off and running, and audiences are once again in love with the charming and uplifting show, led by Chicago comedy scene and Saturday Night Live alum Jason Sudeikis, whose Windy City roots include tenures at iO Chicago, ComedySportz, and The Second City.

Whether you’ve seen Apple TV’s half-hour comedy or not, SCREEN has a special treat for you this week, especially for you screenwriters tuning in today. At the heart of every good television show is a superb screenplay, and Max Timm of the International Screenwrtiters Association (ISA) will break down how the show works from a logistical level, but also why the show has received such high praise and acclaim from critics and audiences alike.

Let’s dive into what makes the writing of Ted Lasso so entertaining and effective, courtesy of our friends at the ISA…

Half-Hour comedy has changed and evolved from the days of Taxi and Cheers, but the heart of the traditional sit-com remains the same – it’s all about the characters. Ted Lasso goes above and beyond in their development of such enjoyable characters, and not just from a basic serialized approach. There is so much to discuss and cover in this event where the ISA’s Director of Education and Co-VP of Development with Creative Screenwriter Productions will use Ted Lasso as an example of how you can develop your own series (whether it’s a half-hour comedy or an hour-long drama).

And as for the all-new second season of Ted Lasso, it’s queued up on your Apple TV now, enjoy!

Click here to enjoy Ted Lasso on Apple TV. If you’re new to the show, the series follows U.S. American football coach Ted Lasso who heads to the U.K. to manage a struggling London football team in the top flight of English football.

For more screenwriting opportunities and resources from our friends at the ISA, click right here.

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