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Coach is getting back in the game. The network TV game, that is.

To the surprise of many, NBC is reviving the beloved sports sitcom, TVGuide.com has confirmed.

Starring Craig T. Nelson, who just finished a six-season run as the dearly departed Braverman patriarch on Parenthood, Coach ran from 1989 to 1997 on ABC. The sitcom centered on Hayden Fox (Nelson), the head coach of the fictional college football team the Minnesota State University Screaming Eagles, and later on, the fictional NFL team the Orlando Breakers.

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The new season, which will run for 13 episodes, picks up 18 years later when Fox comes out of retirement to become an assistant coach to his own son, who is the new head coach of a team at an Ivy League school in Pennsylvania. Um, not to retread too much, but we hear Peter Krause was great at playing a coach, albeit a little league one, as Nelson's TV son on Parenthood.

Series creator Barry Kemp will write and executive-produce the show's return, and Nelson will also serve as an executive producer. It is yet to be announced which other cast members will return, and when the new episodes will premiere.

The news comes just two days after Fox officially ordered six new episodes of The X-Files. In addition to Coach, NBC is also bringing back sci-fi hit Heroes.

Are you excited for more Coach?

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