ABC to remake ‘Dirty Dancing’ into 3 hour TV musical: good idea or hell no?

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ABC has announced it is producing a remake of the beloved 1987 film Dirty Dancing, ruining many of our childhood memories in the process. The movie starred Jennifer Grey, who played a teenager nicknamed Baby who spends a summer at a Catskills resort with her family and falls in love with the resort’s dance instructor, played by Patrick Swayze. The new version stars Abigail Breslin as Baby. The 19-year-old actress excitedly posted on her Twitter account, “So excited to finally be able to tell you I’m playing Baby! #nobodyputsbabyinthecorner”. Patrick’s role has yet to be cast. Might I suggest Ryan Gosling? He’s got the big move down!

This just screams bad idea. Every time someone has tried to revive this movie, it’s failed miserably. (Although I have heard that the stage musical is pretty good.) Remember Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights? Yeah, I thought so. There was even a TV series that aired for one short season back in 1988 that starred Melora Hardin (who is great on Transparent) and Patrick “brother of Shaun” Cassidy along with Freaks and Geeks creator Paul Feig… what? And who could ever forget the reality competition starring J-Lo’s ex, Cris Judd? See? Not a great precedent.

Adding to the lack of success of these previous reboot attempts, the new Dirty Dancing is going to be a 3-hour filmed special. 3 hours? I get that there have to be commercials, but really?

I am an admitted theater nerd, and I actually enjoyed The Wiz Live last week, but this is a terrible idea. This probably won’t be the worst musical experience on TV – that honor will most likely go to Fox’s upcoming Grease Live – but it’s pretty bad. And, although I loved Abigail in Little Miss Sunshine and Zombieland, she was insufferable on Scream Queens. I haven’t seen the series finale yet, but I do hope her Chanel #5 gets knocked off before the end credits roll (no spoilers, please).


Dirty Dancing


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  1. NeoCleo says:

    Dirty Dancing was not the soundtrack to my young life so I got no skin in this game. Saw the movie once, not even interested in the TV version.

  2. daisyfly says:


  3. Snazzy says:

    This is a terrible idea. TERRIBLE TERRIBLE TERRIBLE.
    Dammit, do they want to ruin every movie from my childhood?

    • WinnieCoopersMom says:

      Yep. When the new Goonies come out, I am going to crawl into a dark, deep hole and wither away.

  4. Carol says:

    I’m not a huge fan of the original so maybe this version will be better. Never got the hoopla for this pic.

  5. emmyb1608 says:

    Up until recently, I’d never watched it, so I don’t get the hoohah about it… However, remakes rarely live up to the originals. so why bother? Have Hollywood writers ran out of new ideas?

  6. Zapp Brannigan says:

    Next remake The Godfather films starring Zac Efron, I am calling it now people!

    “Who put the horse head in my bed” to the tune of “Who took the cookie from the cookie jar” will be a star number!

    • Snazzy says:

      OMG please no. I could see them doing that.

    • NeNe says:


    • Eggland's worst says:

      Please don’t give Hollywood any ideas. As for this “idea”, whatever the execs are smoking at ABC, someone needs to hold an intervention. I get that Dirty Dancing has been made into a musical (one production was at my local Civic Center), but to make a bad idea worse by airing it on tv?! Sorry ABC, you ain’t public television.

    • WinnieCoopersMom says:

      Bahahaha!! NOOOO!!!

  7. Ruyana says:

    Why, oh why, do they keep taking the lazy road (and cheaper?) of “re-making” stuff? I know there have to be many, many good script writers out there just hoping for a break. Looks like they’re not going to get one.

  8. AlmondJoy says:

    Corey, I agree that she was insufferable on SQ. I found her to be whiny and unfunny. One of my least favorite characters.

  9. kri says:


  10. Marty says:

    Can she even sing or dance?

    • Lucy says:

      She released a song a couple years algo, in which she trashed a member of a band she went to dinner with one time (one of the guys from 5SOS). It’s called You Suck…it’s pretty funny, actually.

  11. GoodNamesAllTaken says:

    Nuuuuueeeeewwwww. No.

  12. Lindsay says:

    Just make sure it is Live! to really maximize the number of bad decisions.

  13. NeNe says:

    HELL NO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    For the record, I’m totally against remakes of any movies.

  14. Kezia says:

    NO NO NO NO!!
    Cannot be more emphatic. Dirty dancing is my safety, I watched it once a day, everyday as child growing up in a toxic family and even at almost 29, I have it on my iTunes on my iPad so that I can always throw it on and it still soothes me. This is an abomination, no need for it, nor was there a need for Havana Nights which I stayed well clear of. Just no to this news.

  15. Nilber says:


  16. SamiHami says:

    It will not ruin my childhood memories at all, because I absolutely will not watch it. As much as I like Abigail Breslin, this is a terrible, awful, rotten and stupid idea. DD is a classic now, and you don’t try to remake classics. Baby is and forever will be Jennifer Gray. And Patrick Swayze…what actor would be stupid enough to try to take on his role?

    What next? Casablanca starring Lindsay Lohan and Michael Cera?

  17. Green Is Good says:

    I guess the studio needs a tax write off.

  18. gene323 says:


    (sorry so many feels right now)

  19. Yana says:

    I don’t care. I love Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights. Romala Garai and Diego Luna are perfect.

  20. MC2 says:

    I would just like to thank Corey for the link to Ryan’s “Big Move”! I’m in love….

  21. CornyBlue says:

    I cannot believe Scream Queens and remakes and bad music videos is what has become of Abigail Breslin’s career. i am watching Little Miss Sunshine now and holy fuck who knew her career would be this

  22. holly hobby says:

    You can count a big Hell No from me! Sorry the original is beloved. I watched it in high school. No offense to Abigail (she was great as Little Miss Sunshine. Not sure about her now but she should lay off the peroxide and heavy make up) but she’s not Baby. Don’t get me started about Patrick Swayze’s role.

  23. WinnieCoopersMom says:

    Ew. Embarrassing move for Abigail Breslin. I thought she would be above something like this. I could see one of the little C Lister teens, Disney/Nick girls going after this..but AB? Disappointing.

  24. Madpoe says:

    Does my HELLL NOOOOZZZZZ count for nada?!? And I’ve never even watched the movie!
    I just don’t want anyone messin’ with Patrick Swayze movies and now there’s a Point Break – LaWD take the wheel take it baby yeesuz!

  25. taxi says:

    NO to Abigail in this remake which shouldn’t happen. DD took place in an era & a very specific environment which is no longer as prevalent as there are far more “family vacation” options now. (Cruises, Disney World, etc.) In any case, Breslin has pushed so hard for the grown-up look for the last few years that she’s now just hardened & won’t be very credible as a naive teen bored with her family’s annual trek to the summer vacay choice of middle-class Jews.