Coach Head Like a Wheel

Sandwiched between "Roseanne" and "NYPD Blue,""Coach" holds its high ratings spot as it winds its original programming for the season, but script by Oliver Goldstick and Phil Rosenthal doesn't much help. Craig T. Nelson's coach Hayden Fox has turned into an overly eager buffoon who doesn't know when to use the cleats.

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Cast: Craig T. Nelson, Jerry Van Dyke, Bill Fagerbakke, Shelley Fabares, Bobby Unser, Rick Mears, Pat Crawford Brown, Charles Napier, Yul Vasquez, Joanna Daniels, Chip Albers.

Sandwiched between “Roseanne” and “NYPD Blue,””Coach” holds its high ratings spot as it winds its original programming for the season, but script by Oliver Goldstick and Phil Rosenthal doesn’t much help. Craig T. Nelson’s coach Hayden Fox has turned into an overly eager buffoon who doesn’t know when to use the cleats.

Hayden’s 49, and he decides to

do something he’s always wanted to do — drive a race car. He enrolls in a three-day course with three other students, all considerably younger than he, and proceeds to make a fool of himself.

The sight of Hayden dressed clownlike in a racing suit his first day, pushing himself on Bobby Unser and Rick Mears when they come into the classroom, or pounding on Mears’ room in the middle of the night are anemic plot ploys, and nothing actor-director Nelson can do saves the situation. One student (Yul Vasquez) rooms with him in the dorm, but that doesn’t last long.

The laughs at his birthday party are feeble, and the remainder of the program doesn’t amuse. “Coach” always had a robust, over-the-top humor, but the program’s lapsed into silliness, with Hayden leading the way.

Coach Head Like a Wheel

(Tues. (17), 9:30-10 p.m., ABC)

Production: Filmed by Bungalow 78 and Universal TV. Exec producer-creator, Barry Kemp; co-exec producers, Craig T. Nelson, Alan Kirschenbaum; supervising producers, Joseph Stareski, Oliver Goldstick, Phil Rosenthal; producers, Jay Kleckner, Jeremy Stevens; co-producer, Scott Buck; director, Nelson; writers, Goldstick, Rosenthal.

Crew: Camera, Ronald W. Browne; editor, Andrew Chulack; sound, Dana Mark McClure; theme, John Morris; racing music, Marc Mann; music, J.A.C. Redford; production designer, Tommy Goetz.

Cast: Cast: Craig T. Nelson, Jerry Van Dyke, Bill Fagerbakke, Shelley Fabares, Bobby Unser, Rick Mears, Pat Crawford Brown, Charles Napier, Yul Vasquez, Joanna Daniels, Chip Albers.

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