“Ted Lasso” used Beyoncé’s “Ring the Alarm” almost by accident

“Ring the Alarm” closes the Season 3 premiere, a creative touch that came almost by accident.

This is the (probably?) final season of “Ted Lasso,” so it makes sense for the show to aim as high as it can go. As for the music, it makes even more sense that the season 3 premiere would go to Beyoncé’s aid.

The first new episode of the Apple TV+ series in 17 months ends with Ted Lasso himself (Jason Sudeikis) finding out that his ex-wife Michelle (played by Andrea Anders, who is great on “The ’90s Show” by the way) he has a new friend. A darker, more somber version of the show, last seen in Season 2, might have made for a more upbeat closing number. But here, instead, is the blaring air raid siren that kicks off “Ring the Alarm,” a hit from Beyoncé’s 2006 album “B’Day.”

Ending things with this song was a brilliant piece of creativity that came from a moment of inspiration during post-production on Season 3, namely a conversation between the writers and executive producers Joe Kelly, Sudeikis, and Brendan Hunt (who also stars in the film). show as Coach Beard).

“It comes from that part of the process where Joe and Jason and I are looking at cuts and exchanging notes between the three of us,” Hunt told IndieWire. “It was actually one of Joe Kelly’s notes.” I don’t remember which song was on before, but it was a stream of consciousness where he said, “I don’t know if this music right now is really working. In fact, it should be something that is more of an “alarm ringing” moment. Oh wait. “Sound the alarm.” Then we tried it and it worked great.”

It’s part of a stunning Season 3 premiere for Tony Von Pervieux, Christa Miller and the rest of the show’s music supervision team. There are also tracks from Bob Dylan (“Wigwam” plays during Ted’s phone call with Dr. Sharon) and Eric B. & Rakim (“Follow the Leader” on the first day we see Nate at West Ham) . But “Ring the Alarm” certainly sets the tone for the rest of the season.

“It seems to have cleared up. All of this is on top of my paycheck,” Hunt said. “But Beyoncé, I owe you again.”

“Ted Lasso” releases new episodes every Wednesday on Apple TV+.

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