'Coach' is coming back for 13 episodes; at the very least, let it be a gritty reboot.
"I hear they're bringing 'Coach' back, Craig."
"They're doing what?"
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NBC has announced a 13 episode reboot of the sitcom Coach, which originally ran from 1987 to 1997, and Craig T. Nelson is returning to reprise his role as coach Hayden Fox. US Weekly reports that the show will pick up almost 20 years later, when "Hayden has retired from the gridiron action but is called back home to assist his grown son, who is coaching a start-up college team in Pennsylvania."
I love that they're picking up the storyline 20 years later. But NBC, if you're going to be so risk-adverse that you bring back an old show instead of trying a new one, at least make it a dark, edgy reboot. I have a pitch for you — Coach has spent the last 20 years in deep depression because the boys he coached all suffered permanent brain damage from concussions sustained during play. When one of his former players commits suicide because of football-related brain injuries, Coach sets out on a dark journey to find out what happened — and he discovers a world of heartache, pain, and violence that he never expected.
There's probably also a scene where Coach stands alone in a desert, drops a handgun, and yells at the sky. The word he yells is "FOOTBALL!"
Whether it's a comedy or a drama, the show will air this fall.