The 2015-16 Television season has yet to begin but NBC has already started clearing its slate of new shows. The first casualty is the proposed spin off of former hit sitcom Coach. NBC originally ordered the reboot straight to series with a 13 episode commitment which was set to premiere in midseason.
Unfortunately, only a pilot episode was filmed which NBC executives did not respond well too. There were also rumours of creative issues regarding the direction of the reboot series which ultimately lead to its untimely demise. Original star Craig T. Nelson starred the new show, which was also written by the original series creator Barry Kemp. Although the cast will only be paid for their work on the pilot episode (which will likely never air) Nelson will receive payment for the 12 unproduced episodes as planned (it's pretty clear who the real winner in this situation is!)
According to reports, the response to the reboot pilot had been mixed. Some sources indicated that the show felt dated. Well, who knew a reboot of an already dated, mediocre for its time sitcom would feel even more dated in 2015? Creative differences between NBC and the reboot's producer's led to the show's cancellation. Universal TV, which is owned by NBC will pitch the project to other networks. Netflix has been a hub for updates of old school series, such as the upcoming Full House continuation series Fuller House.
Networks seem to be lost for ideas for new, orginal hit series and have begun to rely more on updates of cancelled shows. Last season, FOX aired a new season of 24, and have already ordered new seasons of The X-Files and Prison Break. Showtime also has the new season of Twin Peaks set to premeire in 2016.
Coach was 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 (Andrew Ridings, who also recurs on the similarly cancelled former NBC sitcom, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt), who is the new head coach at an Ivy League school in Pennsylvania that is starting up a new team.
NBC head Bob Greenblatt was asked about the Coach reboot at TCA presentation day, a critic suggested that many critics and journalists had perceived the news of a Coach reboot as a practical joke.
Greenblatt responded “One man’s practical joke is another man’s hit show,” He continued “(The Coach reboot) is a way to do another variation on a family show with, I think, a truly talented star and a great showrunner and a presold title. And if that works, then Alf: The Series is next.”
I feel sorry for the Alf fans.