Get that letterman jacket out of storage and get ready for more old white people on TV. Following this week’s announcement that Fox will be backing a six-episode return of Chris Carter’s The X-Files, NBC has now announced that they have ordered a 13-episode renewal of Coach, the inexplicably long-running sitcom that made a star out of Craig T. Nelson. The basic plot find’s Nelson’s Hayden Fox playing second-fiddle to his son, the head coach of an Ivy League school in Pennsylvania that has never had a football team before. Barry Kemp, the creator-producer-writer of the original series, which went off the air in 1997, will return to write the new series, while also executive producing the show with Nelson.
Little else is known about the casting or salient narrative details of the new series, other than it will be a multi-cam sitcom. In the wake of the show’s cancellation, Nelson has taken to similar stern-but-kind paterfamilias roles, including his recent run on NBC’s amiable Parenthood and such whiter-than-thou family dramas as The Family Stone. Elsewhere, the Coach star has become famous for some not-so-well-thought-out public comments, such as that time he famously appeared on Glenn Beck’s program and got ignorant quick. Still, the actor is a warhorse, having kept up a healthy career since he came to prominence in the 1980s, and has appeared in such justifiable classics as Poltergeist, The Osterman Weekend, and, of course, Pixar’s brilliant The Incredibles, wherein he voiced the group’s father and leader, Mr. Incredible.