TV Casting Round-Up: Debra Messing Joins ABC’s “Dirty Dancing” Remake



will take over Kelly Bishop’s role as matriarch Marjorie Houseman, and will step into Baby’s shoes in DIRTY DANCING. While live productions have become all the rage on other nets, ABC’s remake of the Patrick Swayze-Jennifer Grey classic will be filmed rather than aired live.

Like the 1987 movie, the new Dirty Dancing centers on Baby, an innocent young woman in the early 1960s who vacations with her affluent parents and sister in the Catskills and falls for the resort’s working-class dance instructor.

The three hour special, adapted for television by Jessica Sharzer, is executive produced by Allison Shearmur and Eleanor Bergstein, who wrote the screenplay for the original movie. Wayne Blair is set to direct and Tony winner Andy Blankenbuehler, who choreographed the hit Broadway musical Hamilton, will choreograph. Adam Anders and Judy Cairo are also producing.

Messing is repped by Gersh and . Breslin is repped by and BSC Entertainment.


After 20 seasons, ABC’s The Bachelor has yet to offer audiences an African-American Bachelor. Lifetime’s UNREAL, on the other hand, is bringing us one in season 2. The series has cast B.J. Britt to play Darius Hill, a handsome pro quarterback who will be the first ever African-American “suitor” on UnReal‘s fictitious reality dating show.

Production on season 2 of the series, created by Marti Noxon and former Bachelor producer Sarah Gertrude Shapiro, is set to begin in March for a summer premiere. Last week, Hulu picked up streaming rights to the show. 

Britt, who previously recurred on Marvel’s Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D. and Being Mary Jane, is repped by Joseph Le Talent Agency and .


will crash Dr. Frank-N-Furter’s party as Eddie in Fox’s ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW. The American Idol alum joins Laverne Cox (Frank-N-Furter), Victoria Justice (Janet), Ryan McCartan (Brad), Reeve Carney (Riff Raff), and Staz Nair (Rocky ) in the two-hour special, set to air in the fall.

Lambert is repped by and Direct Management.


YouTube star Colleen Ballinger-Evans is bringing her Miranda Sings character to Netflix in HATERS BACK OFF. The streaming service has given an eight-episode order to the series, centered on Miranda, a confident and totally untalented star on the rise who continues to fail upward. In addition to the Miranda Sings YouTube channel, which has over 5.7 million subscribers and more than 700 million views, the character has appeared on Crackle’s Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee with Jerry Seinfeld and on Jimmy Fallon’s Tonight Show.

The project was developed by Ballinger-Evans, Chris Ballinger, Perry Rein and Gigi McCreery, who will all serve as executive producers, along with The Firm’s Jeff Kwatinetz and Josh Barry. Rein and McCreery will showrun. Brightlight Pictures Inc. is producing.

Ballinger-Evans is repped by Gersh.

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