NBC is bringing back the hit 1990s TV series Coach, issuing a 13-episode straight-to-series order, with original star Craig T. Nelson reprising his role as football coach Hayden Fox. The new Coach series is not a reboot, but will be set in present day. The original show aired for nine seasons on ABC, from 1989 to 1997. Here’s the plot description for the new series, according to Entertainment Weekly.
“Coach Hayden Fox, in the present day, has retired from coaching. He is called back to become assistant coach to his own grown son, who is the new head coach at an Ivy league school in Pennsylvania that is just starting up a new team.”
Original series creator Barry Kemp is also coming back to write and executive produce this new version of Coach. No other cast members have been secured yet, so it isn’t clear if other Coach stars, such as Jerry Van Dyke, Shelley Fabares, Bill Fagerbakke or Clare Carey will be back. The series will also keep Craig T. Nelson at NBC, since his current series Parenthood is closing out its final season. Although Coach aired on ABC, the show itself is owned by NBC’s sister studio Universal Television.
The show will be produced as a multi-camera comedy, like the original. Deadline also reports that all four broadcast networks were interested, but the show was pitched to NBC first, with the network making an aggressive move to secure a pre-emptive 13-episode on-air commitment. Coach is just the latest in a resurgence of 1990s hit shows coming back to the small screen. Showtime is developing a new season of Twin Peaks, while Fox announced this week that The X-Files is coming back for a limited series. The Disney Channel has also seen success with a similar “sequel” format in Girl Meets World, which follows the now-adult characters from the 1990s hit Boy Meets World.