NBC has pulled the plug on their planned revival series Coach, which was set to star Craig T. Nelson in a return to his iconic role as Hayden Fox. Back in March we reported that the follow-up was ordered straight-to-series with a 13 episode run. However, the network opted to take it one episode at a time rather than film all at once, and now, with only the pilot in the can, THR reports that the series has been cancelled.
Barry Kemp, who created the original series, was attached to write and executive produce the Coach revival. The original series starred Nelson as a passionate, but beleaguered college football coach caring for his family, and lasted nine seasons on ABC. The revival was set to pick up 18 years after the 1997 finale, with Nelson’s coach now retired when his son, the new coach at an Ivy League school in Pennsylvania, calls him out of retirement to serve as his assistant coach.
Andrew Ridings (Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt) was set to co-star as Hayden Fox’s son with original cast member Bill Fagerbakke poised to reprise his role as Michael “Dauber” Dybinski. Coach was scheduled for a mid-season premiere and no reason for the cancellation has been provided at this time.
Coach was one of many, many planned revival series on the horizon. Embracing the “everything old is new again” ethos, TV networks have turned to successful IPs like The X-Files, Full House, Twin Peaks, and NBC’s own Heroes to capitalize on our rampant culture of consumer nostalgia and hopefully make some good TV in the process (Please god, let The X-Files be good). Coach is the first in this recent wave of revival series to bite the dust.
What do you think? We’re you excited to see Nelson back in the role? Or are you happy to see this one laid to rest? Sound off in the comments.