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‘Coach’ Sequel Starring Craig T. Nelson Gets Series Order From NBC

Original series creator Barry Kemp is also on board for new offering

“Coach” is getting ready to suit up again.

NBC has given a straight-to-series order for a follow-up to the ABC sitcom, with Craig T. Nelson once again set to play Hayden Fox.

The new offering picks up 18 years after the original series went off the air, with Nelson’s Fox in the present day and retired from coaching. However, 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.

Barry Kemp, who created the original series, will write and executive produce, with Nelson also executive producing.

Universal Television is producing the new offering, which has received an order for 13 episodes.

The original series, which also starred Shelley Fabares and Jerry Van Dyke, ran on ABC from 1989 to 1997. Aside from Nelson, no other casting has taken place on the multicamera project.

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