In another 90s television series revival, NBC has greenlit a 13-episode season of Coach that will follow Hayden Fox (Craig T. Nelson) coming out of retirement to help his son coach a football team for an Ivy league college in Pennsylvania.
It has been reported that all four major networks were eyeing the series, but with Universal’s ties with NBC, it became a no-brainer for the network to sign on. This keeps Nelson at the peacock network where he just finished his six season run on Parenthood.
Coach originally aired on ABC from 1989 through 1997 and was a breakout hit for the network for most its nine seasons. However, ABC has been doing well lately in the comedy department with veteran hits Modern Family and The Middle and newbies Fresh off the Boat and blackish. NBC, meanwhile, hasn’t had a successful comedy in the past few years, with Undateable standing as the network’s longest running current comedy – in its second season.
Reviving Coach falls in line with other beloved series including ABC’s Boy Meets World sequel, Girl Meets World, TNT reviving Dallas for three years, the CW relaunching 90210 and (to a lesser extent) Melrose Place, Showtime bringing back Twin Peaks, and Fox’s recent announcement of a six-episode revival of The X-Files, among others.
Are you excited about having Craig T. Nelson’s Coach comeback? Or is this one that should’ve stayed in its resting place? Sound off!