In a completely unprecedented move, NBC has announced that they have given a straight-to-series order for a multi-camera comedy revival of the ABC 1990s sitcom “Coach”.
Thirteen episodes have been ordered for the show which is NOT a reboot. Rather this is a follow-up, ala “Girl Meets World,” and will be set in the present day. Original star Craig T. Nelson will reprise the role of football coach Hayden Fox which he played on the original sitcom of the same name from 1989 to 1997.
EW has posted a synopsis for the new version which reads as follows: “Coach Hayden Fox, in the present day, has retired from coaching. He is called back to become assistant coach to his own grown son, who is the new head coach at an Ivy league school in Pennsylvania that is just starting up a new team.”
Original series creator Barry Kemp is coming back to write and executive produce the new version, and it’s presently unclear if other former cast members like Jerry Van Dyke, Shelley Fabares, Bill Fagerbakke or Clare Carey will be back. Universal Television produced the series which is why the revival is taking place on NBC instead of ABC.
The project is just the latest in a rush of 1990s series that are getting ‘continuations’ with original cast members, following in the wake of Showtime’s “Twin Peaks” and FOX’s “The X-Files” revivals.