Ted Lasso and claymation feel like a natural fit, and claymation will always be associated with TV Christmas specials, so here we are. Apple got the Ted Lasso gang back together for a short, sweet little holiday story that takes full advantage of the medium’s possibilities. Jason Sudeikis (Ted), Hannah Waddingham (Rebecca), Brendan Hunt (Coach Beard), Jeremy Swift (Higgins), Juno Temple (Keeley), Brett Goldstein (Roy), Phil Dunster (Jamie) and Nick Mohammed (Nate) are all here, and they’re on a very weird little Christmas adventure. ‘Tis the season!
Ted Lasso dominated this year’s Emmys, netting seven wins for Outstanding Comedy Series, Outstanding Actor in a Comedy Series (Sudeikis), Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series (Goldstein), Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series (Waddingham), Outstanding Sound Mixing For a Comedy Or Drama Series (Half-Hour), Outstanding Single-Camera Picture Editing For a Comedy Series and Outstanding Casting For a Comedy Series. Just as importantly, it won this year’s contest of vibes, providing TV with an anti-anti-hero in Sudeikis’ Lasso, who appears poised to usher in a new era of television leads who defy the Tony Soprano/Don Draper/Walter White archetype so popular in the previous decade.
That is, if he can keep his mustache.