Cheers Fans: How did coach die?

Discussion in 'Archived Threads 2001-2004' started by Don Black, Dec 5, 2001.

  1. Don Black

    Don Black Screenwriter

    Joined:
    Dec 11, 1998
    Messages:
    1,480
    Likes Received:
    0
    I kind of missed how he was written out on the show. Damn ReplayTV error!
     
  2. MickeS

    MickeS Producer

    Joined:
    Jul 24, 2000
    Messages:
    5,058
    Likes Received:
    1
    I don't think he was ever really written out of the show. He was always just visiting relatives or running errands, until his friend Woody replaced him at the bar.

    /Mike
     
  3. Joel Mack

    Joel Mack Cinematographer

    Joined:
    Jun 29, 1999
    Messages:
    2,317
    Likes Received:
    0
    No, I'm pretty sure they "killed" Coach off. Don't remember how, though...
     
  4. MickeS

    MickeS Producer

    Joined:
    Jul 24, 2000
    Messages:
    5,058
    Likes Received:
    1
    Well, I'm 99% sure they didn't. [​IMG]
    /Mike
     
  5. Joel Mack

    Joel Mack Cinematographer

    Joined:
    Jun 29, 1999
    Messages:
    2,317
    Likes Received:
    0
    Well, it's not perfect, but this seems to give a pretty good indication that it's dealt with.
    [​IMG]
     
  6. TimDoss

    TimDoss Second Unit

    Joined:
    Jun 10, 1999
    Messages:
    298
    Likes Received:
    0
    From an episode description:

    "Meanwhile, Sam hires Woody, a friend of Coach's, to replace the late bartender."

    I don't remember it perfectly, but I do recall coach dying

    on the series.
     
  7. Steve Enemark

    Steve Enemark Second Unit

    Joined:
    Jun 30, 1997
    Messages:
    482
    Likes Received:
    0
    He died in between episodes, and was never really explained. Sam just told Woody "Coach died" and that's about all we know.
     
  8. Don Black

    Don Black Screenwriter

    Joined:
    Dec 11, 1998
    Messages:
    1,480
    Likes Received:
    0
    Okay, so I guess I didn't miss anything! [​IMG] Did Nick C. die suddenly or over a few weeks? Because the way it was written into the show was that he was visiting relatives and then died (enter Woody). I'm curious if they were just buying time to figure out how to explain the death or if they were hoping that Nick C. would recover.
     
  9. MickeS

    MickeS Producer

    Joined:
    Jul 24, 2000
    Messages:
    5,058
    Likes Received:
    1
    Steve, are you sure Sam said that "Coach died"? For some reason, I can't rememeber them ever mentioning anything about his death, just that Woody replaced him. But I might of course be wrong! [​IMG]
    /Mike
     
  10. Geno

    Geno Supporting Actor

    Joined:
    Oct 1, 2001
    Messages:
    637
    Likes Received:
    0
    Nicholas Colasanto died the 12th of February 1985. For the rest of the season, Coach was either ``visiting relatives'' or ``getting his drivers license renewed''. The picture of Geronimo on the set was put there as a constant reminder to all that Nicky, and Coach, was still around.

    That came from a CHEERS site
     
  11. Glenn Seegers

    Joined:
    Sep 8, 2001
    Messages:
    15
    Likes Received:
    0
    I definately remember the episode where they said Coach died. Woody, who had been his pen-pal had come to Boston to visit him, and that's how he ended up at the bar. But they absolutely said that he died.
     
  12. Don Black

    Don Black Screenwriter

    Joined:
    Dec 11, 1998
    Messages:
    1,480
    Likes Received:
    0
    Glenn is right. That episode aired on Nick 2 weeks ago. Given that the series ran for 11 years, a repeat will take a while! [​IMG]
     
  13. Rusty Ray

    Rusty Ray Second Unit

    Joined:
    Jun 26, 1999
    Messages:
    273
    Likes Received:
    0
    wow.. i have been a longtime cheers fan and i didnt know about the geronimo painting... gives more meaning to the last episode where one of the last thing sam does before he goes into his office was "straighten" the painting...
     
  14. Don Black

    Don Black Screenwriter

    Joined:
    Dec 11, 1998
    Messages:
    1,480
    Likes Received:
    0
    Yup... that was a nice touch. Also, the guy who knocked on the door in the last episode (Sam replied, "We're closed.") was longtime Cheers creator/producer James Burrows.
     
  15. David Tolsky

    David Tolsky Supporting Actor

    Joined:
    Sep 3, 1999
    Messages:
    638
    Likes Received:
    0
    James who? [​IMG]
     
  16. Nigel McN

    Nigel McN Supporting Actor

    Joined:
    Oct 23, 2000
    Messages:
    848
    Likes Received:
    0
    wouldn't this thread have been so much simpler if Cheers was out on DVD [​IMG]
     
  17. Jon_B

    Jon_B Screenwriter

    Joined:
    Nov 27, 2000
    Messages:
    1,025
    Likes Received:
    0
    Indeed it would. [​IMG]
    Jon
     
  18. Don Black

    Don Black Screenwriter

    Joined:
    Dec 11, 1998
    Messages:
    1,480
    Likes Received:
    0
    With Nick-At-Night running 4 episodes a night, I'm set as it is! [​IMG]
     
  19. Glenn Seegers

    Joined:
    Sep 8, 2001
    Messages:
    15
    Likes Received:
    0
    Speaking of the episodes running on Nick, I am assuming that they have been re-mastered? I know when I started watching these episodes, I was really suprised by the quality of the video, after seeing it so many years in syndication. Absolutely one of my 3 favorite shows of all time!
     
  20. Danny McKevitt

    Danny McKevitt Auditioning

    Joined:
    Jan 27, 2000
    Messages:
    1
    Likes Received:
    0
    Nicholas Colasanto did miss a few episodes due to illness, from what I remember. I am fairly sure that all of the 84/85 season tapings were complete by the time of his death, and (I think) that Coach appeared even in the last episode of that season.

    Cheers often included a gap in the storyline between seasons instead of leaving a cliffhanger and continuing from there. So when Woody came to Cheers for the first time and asked for his old pen-pal Coach in the season premiere, it is intimated that Coach had passed some time ago, and the gap in time is also present in other parts of the story.
     

Share This Page