Classic US sitcom ‘Coach’ to return for new 13-episode season

Craig T. Nelson will reprise his role as Coach Hayden Fox

Coach, the classic US sitcom starring Craig T Nelson as the coach of a university’s American football team, is being revived by NBC.

The network has ordered 13 new episodes of the sitcom, which originally aired for nearly 200 episodes between 1989 and 1997, with Nelson reprising his Emmy-winning role as Coach Hayden Fox.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the new 13-episode season is conceived as a sequel rather than a reboot. It will focus on Nelson’s character and his son, with Haysen Fox coming out of retirement to become assistant coach to his son, who is now head coach of an Ivy League college’s American football team.

The show’s creator Barry Kemp is returning to write the follow-up series and co-executive producer alongside Nelson. However, it is unclear if any of the sitcom’s other original stars – who includes Shelley Fabares as Fox’s girlfriend and later wife, and Jerry Van Dyke and Bill Fagerbakke as his assistant coaches – will also be returning.