Bill Fagerbakke Returning to the ‘Coach’ Revival Nobody Asked For
TV’s current revival trend has yet to produce anything so unexpected as NBC’s upcoming Coach revival, though where Hayden Fox goes, Dauber would predictably follow. Bill Fagerbakke has been confirmed for the new Coach series, with a possibility for Jerry Van Dyke to join as well.
Per Deadline, Fagerbakke will appear on the new 13-episode Coach series in his old role as Michael “Dauber” Dybinski, assistant to Coach Hayden Fox (Craig T. Nelson). What capacity we’ll see Dauber as Hayden settles into his new gig remains to be seen, though we at least know Fagerbakke will act as a series regular.
So reads the official (and wonderfully sitcom-y) synopsis for Coach:
Craig T. Nelson (“Parenthood”) reprises the iconic role that earned him an Emmy in this follow-up to the beloved series that ran for nine seasons. With original creator Barry Kemp at the helm, Hayden Fox’s story picks up 18 years later when the retired coach gets back in the game to assist his son, who was just hired as head coach at an Ivy League university in Pennsylvania… where they know nothing about sports. Between dealing with the eggheads on campus and his hostile daughter-in-law at home, Coach will soon learn that he’s not in Minnesota anymore. Talk about a Hail Mary!
The report also notes that Jerry Van Dyke may reprise his role as Fox’s other assistant coach Luther Van Dam in a guest capacity, while Shelley Fabares (Fox’s wife Christine) may sit out for health issues. If we had to endure a new Coach series, are we better off with as much of the old gang as possible?