Craig T. Nelson to Reprise ‘Coach’ Role in NBC Sequel Series

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Coach” is coming back — yes, that Coach.

Craig T. Nelson is set to reprise his role as Coach Hayden Fox in a sequel series, given a 13-episode straight to series order at NBC, Variety has learned. The project will pick up 18 years after the original comedy went off the air.

Debuting in 1989, “Coach” spanned nine seasons on ABC and ran for 198 episodes. Nelson, who’s freshly coming off NBC’s family drama “Parenthood,” was nominated for a Golden Globe for his starring role and won the Emmy for best comedy actor in 1992.

NBC’s revival of the original series will be set in present day with Hayden Fox retired from coaching. He is called back home to become assistant coach to his grown son who is the new head coach at an Ivy League school in Pennsylvania that is just starting up a new team.

Nelson’s on-screen son, nor any additional cast members, have been announced.

The creator of “Coach,” Berry Kemp, will write the series and serve as an exec producer, along with Nelson. The multi-cam comedy is produced by Universal Television.

NBC’s “Coach” sequel series has no set air date. ICM Partners packaged the project.

Nelson is repped by Paradigm, and Kemp is repped by ICM Partners and Bill Jacobson.

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  1. verzeichnis says:

    Aus dem herausgeputzten Sex-Vamp war das Mädchen nebenan geworden.

  2. ABlack says:

    Without Alan Kirschenbaum? Oy.

  3. Can’t wait!! But should use a son in-law as he had a daughter on original show. But really doesn’t matter just glad its back!!!

  4. Sam says:

    This will only be a hit if they bring back Jerry Van Dyke, Shelley Fabares, and Bill Fagerbakke. The chemistry between the cast is what made the show laugh out loud funny. To not bring back these members would be like rebooting the Happy Days series without Ron Howard and Henry Winkler.

  5. Bill B. says:

    Man, I hope this fails and fails big. If this is a hit, can anyone imagine the trend it will start?! Endless re-cycled television shows from the past with no originality. TV has rarely been better than it is now. There is no need to go back in time for mediocre dated things like Coach or worse, though the major networks are slowly dying, so maybe this is their last gasp attempt to get people to watch them again. Just a terrible, terrible idea that offers a hideous vision of the future. I don’t watch anything other than specials on any of the so-called big three, so It really doesn’t affect me personally, but it’s a terrible direction to go.

  6. Rusty says:

    It’s BARRY Kemp, not BERRY Kemp.

  7. Cathy says:

    I’m happy to read that “Coach” is returning. The article mentions a grown son and I only remember a daughter on the show, did he have a son in the original ABC show?

  8. richard says:

    I just hope they get some of the original cast in the show like Dobber and his daughter and wife

  9. Susan says:

    I loved Coach. I hope this one is as funny as the original.

  10. Kyle says:

    Wow, NBC needs to get their sh*t together, if they have to revive a sitcom that ended 20 years ago.

  11. John says:

    Can’t wait to watch a real television show. Not all of the crap they have on today! A bunch of talent less wastes of skin. Coach was a blast to watch, i will def. tune in!!!

  12. Chet says:

    This show was GREAT!! I hope Luther and Dober come back with him.

  13. Danofive0 says:


  14. Jeff says:

    I approve this 1000% and Peter Krause should be cast as his grown son!

  15. JOE S HILL says:

    While i didn’t watch “COACH” when it ran on ABC,i enjoyed Craig T Nelson’s next TV series,”THE DISTRICT” (2000-2004) on CBS,where he played “Jack Mannion”,which was a great role,with an acceptional cast!

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