Revivals continue to be hot this development season.
Mere days after Fox revived The X-Files as a limited event series with original stars Gillian Anderson and David Duchovny, NBC has picked up a revival of the late 1980s/early 1990s comedy Coach.
NBC has picked up the revival with a 13 episode straight-to-series order, with original star Craig T. Nelson on-board to reprise his role as Hayden Fox and will also executive produce. Universal Television, who produced the original series for ABC, is back as the studio, while creator Barry Kemp is also coming back to executive produce and pen the scripts.
The new series is envisioned as a follow up to the ABC series, which aired nine seasons between 1989 and 1997. The NBC series is set in the present day and follows Hayden Fox, who has since retired from coaching. Before long he is called back home to become assistant coach to his grown son who is the new head coach at an Ivy League school in Pennsylvania that is just starting up a new team.
There are no further details available at the present time, including if any other Coach cast members will be reprising their roles or when NBC plans to begin production and start airing the new series 0 though it is expected to feature on the network’s 2015-2016 schedule.
For its part, the Coach revival at NBC comes at a time when the network is having a particularly difficult time with establishing new comedy hits. None of their recent efforts have connected with viewers and one of their more high profile entries, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, was poached by Netflix in a two season deal.
The 13 episode comedy is also the second sequel to an established series in the work at the peacock. The network is also in production on Heroes: Reborn, a 13 episode follow up to their hit science-fiction series Heroes. Like Coach, NBC has yet to set a premiere date for Heroes: Reborn.