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Coach: The Complete Series Scores a Touchdown on DVD This September

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  1. Steve Arino

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    Hello Out There From TV Land,

    It's with great pride that yours truly, Steve Arino, is proud to announce the upcoming DVD release of "Coach: The Complete Series," scoring a Touchdown on DVD this Fall from Mill Creek Home Entertainment.

    Per this link at http://www.tvshowsondvd.com/news/Coach-The-Complete-Series/23394 by author David Lambert (webmaster of TVShowsOnDVD), "Coach: The Complete Series" will be Touching Down on DVD on September 12, at a cost of only $69.98 wherever DVDs are sold.

    The first 3 seasons (1989-1992) of this hit '80s sitcom have already been released individually by Universal Studios Home Entertainment, but the other 5 seasons (1992-1997) are new to DVD, never having been released on DVD or anywhere else.

    Created by Barry Kemp, "Coach" was based on a real person--Hayden Fry, the now-retired Head Football Coach at Barry's real-life College Alma Mater, the University of Iowa, in Iowa City, Iowa; having previously created "Newhart" earlier in the '80s, Barry Kemp left "Newhart" in 1988 after "Coach" was picked up to become a regular series.

    For "Coach," Hayden Fry became Hayden Fox, and Barry Kemp cast Craig T. Nelson (fresh from the first 2 "Poltergeist" movies) as Hayden Fox, who worked as the head football coach at the fictional Minnesota State University in Minneapolis.

    A bit of trivia about Craig T. Nelson: per his A&E Biography page located here at https://www.biography.com/people/craig-t-nelson-587096 his real name is Craig Richard Nelson, the name he was born with on April 4, 1944 in Spokane, Washington; before registering in the Screen Actors Guild, Craig Richard Nelson discovered the fact that there were 2 different actors named Craig Nelson (including character actor Craig Richard Nelson) who registered in SAG, hence why he added the fake middle initial T. and registered as Craig Theodore Nelson.

    Jerry Van Dyke, without ever having to audition, was cast as Luther Van Dam, Hayden's friend and assistant football coach of 20 years; also appearing were Bill Fagerbakke as Coach's perennial student Michael "Dauber" Dybinski, who midway through Season 2 in early 1991, graduated from Minnesota State University and became promoted to full-time Assistant Coach, assisting Hayden and Luther both.

    Rounding out the cast was Shelley Fabares as Christine Armstrong, a local Minneapolis newscaster (later talk-show host) who eventually married Hayden.

    In the Pilot Episode filmed on April 13, 1988 at Universal Studios in Los Angeles, California, Hayden discovered that his teenage daughter, Kelly (Clare Carey), was accepted to Minnesota State and subsequent episodes had Hayden having trouble adjusting to being a full-time Father for the first time in 16 years, since he and his first wife, Beth (Lenore Kasdorf), divorced when Kelly was a 2-year-old little girl.

    Soon after the Pilot wrapped filming, a writer's strike delayed the start of the Fall 1988 TV season; eventually, "Coach" made his TV touchdown debut on the ABC Television Network on February 28, 1989 at 9 P.M. ET / PT right after the hit '80s sitcom "Roseanne" with a special preview episode, "Kelly and the Professor."

    The series began airing regularly the next night, March 1, 1989, for a Spring Trial Run with the 1988 Pilot Episode telecast that night; after the cancellation of "Chicken Soup," a short-lived Jackie Mason sitcom vehicle, "Coach" became a regular series airing for the next 3 1/2 years every Tuesday night at 9 P.M. ET / PT right after "Roseanne" on ABC, moving to Wednesday nights at 9 P.M. after the hit Disney sitcom "Home Improvement" for the rest of Season 4, moving back for Season 5 to Tuesdays at 9 P.M. after "Roseanne" in September 1993.

    For Season 6, "Coach" began airing Monday nights at 8 P.M. ET / PT on ABC as the lead-in show to "Monday Night Football" ("Coach" paired this season with the short-lived "Blue Skies," canceled mid-season); during this season, Barry Kemp created a "Coach" spin-off titled "A Whole New Ballgame," casting Corbin Bernsen as a recently retired Pro Baseball Player who became a local TV sportscaster in Milwaukee, Wisconsin; Shelley Fabares appeared in the Pilot of the latter show as her "Coach" character, Christine Armstrong, by this time married to Hayden.

    At the end of Season 6, Hayden left Minnesota State after accepting an offer from Doris Sherman (Katherine Helmond), in the 2-part Season Finale, to become a Pro Football Coach for the fictional NFL team Orlando Breakers in Orlando, Florida.

    Season 7 began with "Coach" moving back to Tuesday nights at 9 on ABC (this time after "Home Improvement"), with Katherine Helmond joining the cast as Doris Sherman, the owner of the Orlando Breakers NFL team; simultaneously, Hayden took his Minnesota State coaching staff (Hayden and Dauber) with him.

    In the Season 7 Finale in 1996, after years of trying to conceive a child on their own, Hayden and Christine decided to adopt a baby boy who they named Timothy David "T.D." Fox; at the start of Season 8, "Coach" left its long-time Tuesday night slot (this time for good) and moved permanently to Saturday nights at 9 P.M. ET / PT as the lead-in show to Greg Giraldo's short-lived sitcom "Common Law," a new show premiering on September 28, 1996 based on Greg's real life as a Lawyer before turning to stand-up comedy for a living; "Common Law" was canceled after only 4 weeks on the air, and seeing that the end was near for "Coach" as well, Barry Kemp decided to retire "Coach" after 8 seasons on ABC, with the series moving for the remainder of the Season to Wednesday nights at 8 P.M. ET / PT right after Brett Butler's hit '90s sitcom "Grace Under Fire."

    Episodes from Season 8 primarily focused on Hayden and Christine's new role as parents to baby Tim; meanwhile, in the hour-long Series Finale telecast on May 14, 1997 at 8 P.M. ET / PT, "Coach" said goodbye to ABC.

    In the hour-long Finale, after much deliberation (including offers to stay with the Orlando Breakers and offers from other NFL teams), Hayden decided to retire from Coaching after nearly 30 years to help Christine raise their son Tim in Hayden's Minnesota Cabin; the Finale also featured a cameo by Larry, Darryl, and Darryl from Barry's other '80s sitcom "Newhart"; Luther, meanwhile, also retired from Coaching and opened his own mini-Grace Land in Orlando; Howard Burleigh (Ken Kimmins), who'd previously been fired from Minnesota State as the School's Athletic Director, was fired by Doris, and with wife Shirley (Georgia Engel) opened a Dinner Theater in Jupiter, Florida; Dauber, meanwhile, became head football coach for the Orlando Breakers, eventually joining the "Monday Night Football" team after retiring from Coaching; as for Tim: 10 years later, in 2007, when he was age 10, he became as cranky as his old man Hayden, with childhood friends of his wanting to play at 6 A.M. in the morning (child versions of Luther and Dauber).

    Before Craig T. Nelson and the cast of "Coach" said their good-nights to the home audience, a 10-minute clip montage of Luther and Hayden's funniest moments played out, with the title card beforehand reading "Coach: 1988-1997."

    In the 20 years since then, reruns of "Coach" have aired on cable networks such as TBS, Nickelodeon, USA Network & The Reelz Channel.

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