It’s becoming more and more clear that looking back on the 1980s is falling out of style. The 1990s nostalgia wave, however, is only continuing to grow, especially with regard to television.
In the last few months, shows like Twin Peaks and The X-Files have been announced to return to the airwaves, for additional (albeit limited) seasons. Meanwhile, the Disney Channel has already enjoyed a fair amount of success with its Boy Meets World sequel series, Girl Meets World. As it were, another popular ’90s ABC sitcom will now be getting new life on different network.
Deadline is reporting that NBC has made a 13-episode on-air commitment for a revival season of the hit sitcom Coach to television. The show – which initially ran for nine seasons from 1989 to 1997 on ABC – will be set in real-time and feature the return of both star Craig T. Nelson and series creator Barry Kemp.
The story for Coach season 10 will center on now-retired coach Hayden Fox (Nelson) becoming assistant coach to his own son – the head coach of an Ivy League school in Pennsylvania. There’s no word yet on an anticipated premiere date or whether other original cast members like Jerry Van Dyke, Bill Fagerbakke and Shelley Fabares will make appearances too.
Nelson recently completed a six-season run on NBC’s Parenthood and reportedly met with Kemp to discuss the possibility of more Coach as that series was wrapping up. It’s certainly a smart career move for the actor, who won an Emmy for Coach in 1992 (and costars in the newly-released Will Ferrell-Kevin Hart comedy Get Hard). He’s also known for his role in the original 1982 horror classic Poltergeist and as the voice of Mr. Incredible in The Incredibles (which, yes, has a sequel in the works).
A Coach revival is certainly not something we saw coming, but it does make sense… of a sort. The show developing a devoted fanbase during its ’90s run on ABC, and its return now seems particularly well-timed – again, given the ongoing trend of bringing back past TV hits. It remains to be seen if the show will manage to attract younger viewers unfamiliar with the show; not to mention, the matter of how the network may tailor this new version to modern audiences.
Stay tuned to Screen Rant for updates on Coach as this story develops.