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Katey Sagal Boards ABC's 'Dirty Dancing' Remake
Katey Sagal is the latest to join ABC’s Dirty Dancing reboot.
The Sons Of Anarchy alum will play Vivian Pressman in the three-hour TV movie. She joins a cast that also includes Abigail Breslin, Colt Prattes, Sarah Hyland, Bruce Greenwood, Nicole Scherzinger, Shane Harper and Debra Messing. It also marks Sagal’s second broadcast role announced this year, as she’s slated to star in CBS’ untitled comedy pilot based on the Australian format Upper Middle Bogen.
The movie is being written and executive produced by Jessica Sharzer (American Horror Story, The L Word) and, like the 1987 original starring Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Grey, revolves around Baby (Breslin), an innocent young woman who vacations with her affluent parents at an early-1960s Catskill Mountains resort and gets swept off her feet by Johnny (Prattes), a handsome, working-class dance instructor.
Sagal’s character is described as Max Kellerman’s "bungalow bunny," a former beauty queen who likes to seduce younger male staff members like Johnny. Recently divorced and wealthy, Vivian introduces Marjorie (Messing) to the freedoms of being single, causing her to question her own marriage. Vivian isn’t used to being rejected, so when Johnny calls things off to be with Baby, she takes matters into her own hands.
The movie is produced by Lionsgate TV and Allison Shearmur Productions (The Hunger Games), with Eleanor Bergstein — who penned the screenplay for the original movie — on board as an executive producer. Grammy nominee Adam Anders and Peer Astrom (Glee) will tackle music for ABC's rendition. Anders and Judy Cairo (Crazy Heart) will produce. Wayne Blair (The Sapphires) will direct. Tony winner Andy Blankenbuehler (Hamilton, Bring It On) will be responsible for choreography. Stephen Altman (Gosford Park) is set as producing designer.
Sagal is repped by WME and B&B Management.