NBC’s ‘Coach’ Revival Casts Malcolm Barrett as Series Regular

Malcolm Barrett (“Key and Peele,” “Kroll Show,” “Law & Order”) has been cast in NBC’s “Coach” revival series, Variety has learned.

He will play Waddell, the president of the university where Hayden Fox (Craig T. Nelson) works as an assistant coach on the new football team.

NBC’s follow-up series, which picks up 18 years after the original sitcom went of the air, will be set in the present day, with Nelson’s Hayden Fox retired from coaching but getting back into the game when he is called back home to become assistant coach to his grown son, who is the new head coach at the Pennsylvania Institute of Science and Technology, which is just starting a new team.

The school president, Waddell (Barrett), is described as a nerdy but fiercely competitive schemer who wants to get his university on the map by building a football team from scratch. He hires Fox’s son as head coach and suggests he hires his father to be his assistant, as he’s convinced he’ll help lead them to victory.

“Coach” premiered in 1989 on ABC, and ran nine seasons for a total of 198 episodes.

The new “Coach” is slated to debut midseason on NBC.

Barrett is repped by Gersh and Management 360.

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