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Dirty Dancing Remake: Debra Messing Joins Cast as Marjorie Houseman

Mystery solved: Debra Messing will be the one putting Baby in the corner.

TVLine has learned that Messing has joined ABC’s Dirty Dancing remake in the role of Marjorie Houseman, Dr. Houseman’s wife and mother of Baby (the previously cast Abigail Breslin). Messing succeeds Kelly Bishop, who played the repressed matriarch in the 1987 film. Additional casting is TBA.

The three-hour movie is slated to shoot this spring during Messing’s Mysteries of Laura hiatus.

To be adapted for television by Jessica Sharzer (American Horror Story) and counting Dirty Dancing screenwriter Eleanor Bergstein among its executive producers, the Lionsgate TV-produced redo will feature “filmed song and dance performances” as it follows Frances “Call Me Baby, But Don’t Put Me in a Corner” Houseman, an innocent 1960s lass who vacations with her family in the Catskills and eventually falls for the resort’s swivel-hipped, working-class dance instructor, Johnny Castle.

Wayne Blair (Australia’s The Sapphires) will direct the telepic, while Hamilton‘s Andy Blankenbuehler, a Tony Award winner, will serve as choreographer.

What do you think of Messing’s casting? Can you picture her as the uptight Marjorie? Hit the comments!

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38 Comments
  1. Wendy says:

    No, no, no, no, no, no, no…and did I say NO? Leave “Dirty Dancing” alone. It doesn’t need a remake.

    Originality really is dead.

  2. Jennifer says:

    NO NO NO NO NO. Why is this happening? This is a travesty. We don’t need anymore remakes or reunions or anything. We need new talent and new ideas.

    Stop the madness already

  3. Maggie says:

    I completely agree that they need to leave Dirty Dancing alone. There is only one Johnny Castle and there will only be one ever and that’s Patrick Swayze. Leave this alone!!!!!! Can’t writers come up with anything original anymore?

  4. I agree ! No one can replace Patrick or Jennifer…leave this classic alone.

  5. Taylor says:

    No one puts Emily Gilmore in a corner.

  6. thisismenow says:

    Can they please stop remaking shows and movies? There are hundreds of original scripts out there. Maybe take a chance on one of those instead of rehashing something that was done right the first time.

    • JosiahBartlet4President says:

      I agree 100%.

    • Temperance says:

      Ah, the word ‘chance’. You do realize that for way too many people money is all that matters? A lame repeat can be set up to be profitable even if lame. Taking a ‘chance’ might mean losing a few cents! Oh, no! They’ll have to wait a few more months to buy their seventh home!

  7. evelyn says:

    I agree with all previous comments. A resounding NOOOOOOO!!! It will never compare to the original, so save your money ABC!

  8. Cas says:

    Why are they doing this?!?!?!

  9. Mary Green says:

    I love Debra Messing! She will be wonderful.

  10. Leanne says:

    I like Debra Messing but Dirty Dancing is a classic and should be left alone. Patrick and Jennifer can’t be replaced. Some movies just need to be left alone. NO REMAKE. I agree Debra to do Lucille Ball would be a great casting.

  11. Jim Cobban says:

    That was a great motion picture. A re do is a mistake. You may as well re do Casablanca.

  12. marguerite morley says:

    NO!She is too beautiful to play this role!She needs to playLUCY!!

  13. Maryann says:

    If they cast Derek Hough in Patrick Swayze’s role, I will watch.

  14. zagsfan says:

    Why don’t they pick a bad movie and remake it into something better, instead of picking a classic and making it suck?

  15. T flatt says:

    Originals are always the best
    However lea michele as the annoying sister!!

  16. grazelled says:

    They put Dirty Dancing “in the corner”!!! Why I ask why remake a perfect, classic movie set in the 1960s! It’s not as if anything changes or gets modernized. Don’t they have an original idea in TV/Movies anymore?

  17. Barb Thomson says:

    for heavens sake is hollywood so desperate these days? remake after remake. Leave the Original Alone no remake can ever compare to Patrick and Jennifer This is another movie for tv or the big screen i will NOT be watching!!!!!!!!!!!!

  18. retsim says:

    There has to be dozens of original scripts out there but the out of touch execs are to stupid or scared to take a chance in case it fails .Come on give some of these a break. LEAVE Dirty Dancing alone.

  19. Loli says:

    So she gets 5 lines. All zingers.

  20. Brigid says:

    Look I love Dirty Dancing as much as the next person and warped the VHS tape watching it over 20 times but let’s get real here, the movie was silly. There are so many goofs and terrible acting that what really made the movie was watching gorgeous Patrick Swayze dance and take his shirt off. They can absolutely remake this movie, it is not untouchable at all.

  21. Not meaning to body shame here, but didn’t the producers notice how much weight Abigail Breslin had gained when she was in Scream Queens. Unless she drops a score and ten of poundage, they will need a very strong male dancer to play Johnny. But a remake of this film will be ridiculous, and it’s only chance of success will be if it achieves cult status as one of the worst movies of all time.

  22. very upset that this is a musical what is going on I am a huge fan this movie is casting people that I would have never thought of lea Michele would be perfect as baby but what do they know and waiting to find out who will play Patrick cant fill his shoes!!!!!!

  23. Mg says:

    Abigail Breslin as baby is the worst casting news I’ve ever heard and Debra messing being apart of this is a sad example of finding something “to keep me busy for a while , before better things come along” kind of part

  24. gloria says:

    It won’t compare to the oringinal.. Patrick and Jennifer are it ! No one will play it as well..
    And Debra Messing being the good actress she is, I dont think is old enough to be the Mother..