The Mysteries Of Laura star Debra Messing is set to co-star as Marjorie opposite Abigail Breslin’s Baby in ABC’s three-hour remake of the hit Patrick Swayze-Jennifer Grey movie. The project’s green light had been contingent on casting both roles, so the contingency officially has been lifted.
Emmy winner Messing plays Marjorie Houseman, Dr. Houseman’s wife and mother of Baby (Breslin) and Lisa. She is a meticulous 1960s housewife who takes great pride in her family and is using this summer vacation to try to rekindle her romance with her workaholic husband. The role was played by Kelly Bishop in the original.
Like the 1987 movie, the new Dirty Dancing, from Lionsgate TV, centers on Baby, an innocent young woman in the early 1960s who vacations with her affluent parents and siblings in the Catskills and falls for the resort’s working-class dance instructor.
Executive produced by Allison Shearmur and Eleanor Bergstein, who wrote the screenplay for the original movie, Dirty Dancing was adapted for television by Jessica Sharzer. Wayne Blair is set to direct and Tony winner Andy Blankenbuehler, who most recently choreographed the hit Broadway musical Hamilton, is on board as choreographer. The production will be filmed, not aired live.
The rest of the production team includes Adam Anders and Judy Cairo (producers), Stephen Altman (production designer) and Adam Anders and Peer Astrom (music).
Will & Grace alumna Messing is repped by Gersh, 3 Arts and attorney Rick Genow.