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.