Put me in: Craig T. Nelson returning as Coach Fox in sequel

NBC Reviving ABC's 'Coach' Starring Craig T. Nelson

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Craig T. Nelson is getting back in the coaching game for NBC.

The network said that it has ordered 13 episodes of a sequel to the 1989-97 ABC sitcom "Coach" that starred Nelson as Hayden Fox, head coach of a college football team.

In the new series, nearly 20 years have passed and Fox has retired from coaching, NBC said Thursday. That's until he's called in to serve as assistant coach to his grown son, the new head coach at an Ivy League school in Pennsylvania.

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Put me in: Craig T. Nelson returning as Coach Fox in sequel
UNITED STATES - MARCH 06: COACH - 9/30/89 - Hayden Fox (CRAIG T. NELSON, center), the head coach of the Minnesota State University Screaming Eagles, built his team with bumbling coaching assistant Luther Van Dam (JERRY VAN DYKE, second from right) and former student-now-assistant Dauber Dybinski (BILL FAGERBAKKE). His daughter, Kelly (CLARE CAREY, left) and TV newswoman Christine Armstrong (SHELLEY FABARES) brought some sanity to his life. (Photo by ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - DECEMBER 18: COACH - 'You Win Some You Lose Some' - Season Nine - 12/18/96, Jerry Van Dyke (Luther), Clare Carey (Kelly), Craig T. Nelson (Hayden), Bill Fagerbakke (Dauber), Shelley Fabares (Christine), (Photo by ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - JANUARY 09: A WHOLE NEW BALLGAME - 'Opening Day' - 1/9/95, 'Coach' stars Shelley Fabares and Craig T. Nelson (left) were guest stars in the premiere episode of this short-lived comedy starring Corbin Bernsen and Julia Campbell as co-workers at Milwaukee TV station WPLP., (Photo by ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - MAY 07: COACH - 'Leaving Orlando: Part 1'- Season Nine - 5/7/97, Shelley Fabares (Christine), Craig T. Nelson (Hayden), (Photo by ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - SEPTEMBER 14: COACH - gallery - Season Six - 9/14/93, Craig T. Nelson (Hayden), Clare Carey (Kelly), (Photo by ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - SEPTEMBER 13: COACH - Ad gallery - Season Eight - 9/13/95, Jerry Van Dyke (Luther), Katherine Helmond (Doris), Bill Fagerbakke (Dauber), Craig T. Nelson (Hayden), Shelley Fabares (Christine), Ken Kimmons (Howard), (Photo by Craig Sjodin/ABC via Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - SEPTEMBER 14: COACH - gallery - Season Six - 9/14/93, Back row: Bill Fagerbakke (Dauber), Ken Kimmins (Howard); Clare Carey (Kelly), Shelley Fabares (Christine), Craig T. Nelson (Hayden), Jerry Van Dyke (Luther), (Photo by ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - SEPTEMBER 14: COACH - gallery - Season Six - 9/14/93, Shelley Fabares (Christine), Craig T. Nelson (Hayden), (Photo by ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images)
(R-L) Actors Craig T. Nelson, Jerry Van Dyke & Bill Fagerbakke in scene fr. TV series Coach.. (Photo by Robert Nese/Capital Cities/Abc, Inc./The LIFE Images Collection/Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - SEPTEMBER 25: COACH - gallery - Season Three - 9/25/90, Jerry Van Dyke (Luther), Craig T. Nelson (Hayden), Bill Fagerbakke (Dauber); Shelley Fabares (Christine), Clare Carey (Kelly), Pam Stone (Judy); Kris Kamm (Stuart), (Photo by Bob D'Amico/ABC via Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - NOVEMBER 21: COACH - 'I Don't Know Much About Art, But I Know What Makes Me Mad' - Season Two - 11/21/89, Kris Kamm (Stuart), Clare Carey (Kelly), Craig T. Nelson (Hayden), (Photo by ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images)
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Barry Kemp, who created the previous series, will write and serve as executive producer. Details on other casting for the sequel or an air date weren't announced.

Nelson hasn't been away from TV. He co-starred in "Parenthood," which just wrapped a six-year run on NBC.

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