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Can TV match 'the time of our lives' from 1987 with remake of Dirty Dancing?

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Forgive me for this, but nobody puts Jennifer Grey in a corner. But for the upcoming TV remake of Dirty Dancing, it appears Abigail Breslin will do just that. The Scream Queens actress has been tapped for the role of Baby, and now Debra Messing (The Mysteries of Laura) will play her mom Marjorie Houseman.

Entertainment Weekly confirmed the latest casting news this week. Of course, I have a winning Powerball ticket to anyone who can name the actress who originally played Baby’s mom. (Kelly Bishop.)

The original 1987 movie, as we all know from repeating viewings on cable, starred the late Patrick Swayze as a dance instructor at a summer vacation resort who falls in love with Grey, there with her privileged family. ABC is planning a three-hour musical version of the movie. The executive producers will include Allison Shearmur (The Hunger Games) and Eleanor Bergstein, who also wrote the original screenplay, so maybe this is worth seeing.

Why they didn’t simply cast Grey in the mom role, though, is beyond logic. Of course, in the original movie, the Mrs. Houseman was basically a stage prop while dad (played by the late Jerry Orbach) got all the good parenting lines. ("Don't you tell me what to see! I see someone in front of me who got his partner in trouble and sent her off to some butcher, while he moved on to an innocent young girl like my daughter!") So maybe the mom is the doctor this time around? Please, Hollywood. Give us some interesting twist.

No word on an air date yet.

[Last modified: Friday, January 15, 2016 9:11am]

    

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