Hey, Andrew Ridings, I think Craig T. Nelson has a baton he’d like to pass to you.
The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt actor set to play Tim Fox, the now-adult son of Nelson’s Hayden, in NBC’s forthcoming Coach revival, TVLine has learned exclusively.
Far more easygoing and empathetic than his dad, Tim is a successful high school football coach who is offered the chance to be the head coach of the Penn Institute Of Science and Technology (PIST), and carve a winning football team out of the dweeby student body. But there’s a little caveat: they want Tim to hire his controlling (and now-retired) dad to be his assistant coach. Tim knows it’s only a matter of time before he and his old man are butting heads over how to coach and how to raise Tim’s son Cody.
As TVLine reported last week, viewers will learn in the premiere that Tim’s mom Christine — played by Shelley Fabares during the original sitcom’s nine-year run on ABC — passed away at some point during the intervening 18 years.
Aside from Nelson, Bill Fagerbakke — AKA special teams coach Michael “Dauber” Dybinski — is the only other Coach vet currently attached to the new series.
Barry Kemp, who created Coach: Original Flavor, is writing and exec-producing the continuation.
Coach is set to premiere at midseason on NBC.