Craig T. Nelson Returning as Hayden Fox For New 'Coach' Series

Craig T. Nelson

NBC is reviving the ’90s sitcom “Coach” with original series star Craig T. Nelson. The series will be a sequel to the comedy series that ran for nine seasons on ABC from 1989 to 1997.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the "Coach" return has been discussed for months. Toward the end of "Parenthood," Nelson told the magazine he was unsure about reviving the role: "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."

In the original series Coach Fox was the head of the invented football team the Minnesota State University Screaming Eagles. While initially the show focused on how he was dealing with his growing daughter, an MSU student, the series became more about Coach and his (often oddball) co-workers, like a ladies' basketball coach he was embroiled in a prank war with and a former MSU player-turned-special teams coach who was graduating-challenged (but who eventually got three diplomas at once).

Eventually, Fox remarried, took a job with an NFL expansion team and adopted a boy; the final episode showed him retired and raising his son in Minnesota.

NBC has ordered 13 episodes of the series, in which 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.

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