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‘The Coach’ NBC Revival: ‎Andrew Ridings Cast As Hayden Fox’s Son

Andrew Ridings, who recurs on Universal TV’s comedy series Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, has landed the young lead opposite Craig T. Nelson in the studio’s new Coach series for NBC.

Written by the original series creator Barry Kemp, the 13-episode series is 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 (Ridings), who is the new head coach at an Ivy League school in Pennsylvania that is just starting up a new team.

Of the original cast, in addition to Nelson, co-star Bill Fagerbakke is returning as a regular, reprising his role as special teams coach Michael “Dauber” Dybinski. As we reported in June, Jerry Van Dyke, who played Fox’s other assistant coach, defensive coordinator Luther Van Dam, might do guest appearances, while Shelley Fabares, who played Fox’s wife Christine, would not be able to be able to be part of the new show because of substantial health issues. That led to her character being written off as having passed away.

Kemp and Nelson are executive producing the comedy, which, like the original, will be multi-camera.

Ridings is repped by Stone Manners Salners Agency, Bleecker Street Entertainment and SMGSB.

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  1. PantoMaurineon Aug 4, 2015 6:47 pm

    For God’s sake, is there no shame any more? All these “re-boots” (of creatively marginal stuff in the first place) is such a stain on this supposedly creative community. Hey Greenblatt, they handed you a network, this really what you want to do with that opportunity? Just pathetic….

    • Dawn Davenporton Aug 5, 2015 4:58 am

      What is especially interesting about this “news” is that NBC passed on the creative, off-beat and wildly entertaining “Kimmy Schmidt” (on which Ridings has appeared) while they pick up a reboot of a tired sitcom that wore out its welcome on another network.

      NBC has made so many bone-head moves it is shameful. There is no room for creativity or quality on the big NETS and that will further enhance the demise of broadcast TV.

      • Gladtheypassedon Aug 5, 2015 6:14 am

        They also passed on Lip Sync battle. I’m glad they did pass on those shows though because they would get screwed up once Network hands got on them. The only positives on NBCprimetime are : AGT, Sunday Night Football and American Ninja Warrior.

      • r0ckmypantson Aug 5, 2015 6:49 am

        NBC didn’t “pass” on Kimmy Schmidt; they sold it to Netflix after producing the first season, which is a much more suitable home for such a weird show.

        I often wonder if NBC had kept it, if people would be as high on Kimmy as they are. I doubt they would.

  2. Rodon Aug 5, 2015 12:01 am

    Coach was such a marginal sitcom originally (and I think I’m being generous), I’m shocked that even hot mess NBC thinks revisiting this sitcom is a good idea. This Coach will be off the NBC team faster than you can say “false start”

  3. Farrellon Sep 1, 2015 4:26 am

    Just heard about the cancellation and was disappointed until I heard Luther was only going to be a guest-appearance character and Christine was no longer alive. It wouldn’t have been a good show without the two of them, although I will say this kid was cast well for Coach’s son. He looks a lot like him.