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.