“Ted Lasso,” a heartwarming comedy about a small time soccer coach hired to coach a struggling British soccer team. The Apple TV show has won 20 Emmy Nods and is the top contender for the award along with British royal series “The Crown,” at the EMMY Awards 2021. Jason Sudeikis plays the role of Ted Lasso.
“Ted Lasso” notched 20 Emmys nods, including best comedy series, and nominations for lead actor Jason Sudeikis and six other actors.
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’Ted Lasso’ is old-fashioned, shamelessly lovable and full of wonderful twists and turns,” said Tom O’Neil, founder of awards website Goldderby.com. “It has unflagging optimism all the time even when things seem really, really bad.”
The show could deliver the Apple TV+ streaming platform its first major win.
After a compelling season that focused on the unhappy marriage of Prince Charles and Princess Diana, “The Crown” nabbed 24 Emmy nods. Awards experts predict it will take home its first best drama series Emmy, clinching a milestone win for Netflix.
Ted Lasso is in race alongside The Crown to win EMMY Award 2021
“If ‘The Crown’ and ‘Ted Lasso’ both end up winning the best TV series race, it will mark the total conquest of television by the streaming services,” O’ Neil said.
Amazon and Hulu previously won the TV series prizes for “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” and “The Handmaid’s Tale,” respectively.
“I would be shocked if ‘The Crown’ did not win,” said Gerrad Hall, senior TV editor at Entertainment Weekly. “It was a stellar season and every single performance on that show is awards-worthy.”
“The Crown” will compete for best drama series – the top award – against “Star Wars” TV spin-off “The Mandalorian” featuring the beloved Baby Yoda, “Bridgerton,” “The Boys,” “The Handmaid’s Tale,” “Pose,” “Lovecraft Country”, and the sole mainstream network series “This is Us.”
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Streaming services also dominate the limited series field, which pundits say is too close to call.
“These limited series are prestige TV,” said Hall, referring to “I May Destroy You,” “Mare of Easttown,” “The Queen’s Gambit,” “WandaVision” and “The Underground Railroad.”
“Every single one of the nominated shows are female-driven stories, and showcasing such a variety of themes,” Hall added.
The Emmy Awards will be broadcast live on CBS on Sept. 19, starting at 8p.m. ET