Soon after the X-Files revival series was announced, NBC hopped on the reboot train with their decision to bring a new Coach series to the network. In April, a 13-episode straight-to-series order was placed on the followup to the original ’90s series. However, after months of development, Deadline is reporting the Craig T. Nelson-starring reboot is now dead in the water due to “creative issues”:
The series was set in the present, picking up 18 years after the ABC sitcom went off the air after nine seasons. Coach Fox (Nelson) — now retired from coaching — is called back to become assistant coach to his grown son, Tim (Andrew Ridings), who is the new head coach at an Ivy League school in Pennsylvania that is starting up a new team
Since the series order was placed by the network, only a pilot episode was filmed. This was allegedly NBC’s idea as they wanted to “take time to reevaluate the project” before moving on with the rest of the 12 episodes. The cast and crew received the news of the cancelation late Monday evening which is sure to be a disappointment to everyone involved. However, it looks like Nelson has some pretty stellar representation behind him as he is contractually obligated to receive pay for all 13 episodes, while the rest of the cast will only be compensated for the pilot episode referenced above.
With Fuller House in full (er) steam at Netflix and that Prison Break reboot in the works, there may be demand for another network or streaming service to pick up the project. And sure, this may be disappointing news for all involved, but I can’t help but wonder what the fate is of that Alf reboot series NBC threatened us all with. This is strange to say, but I kind of want me some of that.