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NBC bringing back ‘Coach’ with Craig T. Nelson

Craig T. Nelson will reportedly reprise his Hayden Fox character for an NBC reboot of the 1990s sitcom, “Coach.”
Craig T. Nelson will reportedly reprise his Hayden Fox character for an NBC reboot of the 1990s sitcom, “Coach.” Universal Television

Entertainment news outlets on Thursday reported that NBC plans to bring back the TV comedy, “Coach,” for a 13-episode series.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Variety and other sources, Craig T. Nelson will reprise his role as Hayden Fox, coach of the fictional Minnesota State Screaming Eagles. Nelson just finished a six-season run on the NBC drama “Parenthood.”

“Coach” went off the air in 1997 after close to 200 episodes. The reboot will follow the coach, now retired, 18 years later as he’s called back into action as an assistant coach for his son who is starting a new football program at an Ivy League school in Pennsylvania.

Nelson, who won a 1992 Emmy for “Coach,” reportedly was approached about the project toward the end of the “Parenthood” run.

“We're talking about it. I'm really at a quandary. But I've been approached and we're thinking about it and talked through it a little bit,” he told THR at the time. “I don't know. It would be a new form; it's his son. He adopted a son and his son now has become a coach.”

Barry Kemp, who created “Coach,” is set to write and executive produce. No premiere date or other cast information has been given, though sources suggest to THR that it’s unlikely any other original cast members will return.

The original series co-starred Jerry Van Dyke as bumbling assistant coach Luther; Bill Fagerbakke as assistant coach Dauber and Shelley Fabares who played Nelson’s wife, Christine.

Some folks on Twitter have been waiting for this news for a very long time.

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