The cast of ABC's Dirty Dancing, a three-hour TV remake, is starting to come together, now that Abigail Breslin and Colt Prattes have been set as the two leads. Deadline reports today that Katey Sagal has signed on to join the cast, with production set to begin this week in North Carolina. The actress is playing Vivian Pressman, a role originally portrayed by Miranda Garrison in the 1987 hit movie.
Vivian Pressman is described as a "bungalow bunny," a former beauty queen who spends her free time trying to seduce the younger male workers at the Kellerman resort, such as Colt Prattes' Johnny Castle. Vivian is also said to be "fabulously wealthy" and recently divorced, who takes matters into her own hands when Johnny leaves her for Baby (Abigail Breslin). Vivian also introduces Marjorie Houseman, Baby's mother, played by Debra Messing, to the resort, and Vivian's single lifestyle causes her to question her own married life.
The cast also includes Billy Dee Williams, Sarah Hyland, Nicole Scherzinger, Trevor Einhorn and Beau Smart. The original movie was set in the 1960s in a Catskill Mountain resort, and followed the romance between Baby (Jennifer Grey) and Johnny Castle (Patrick Swayze), a dance instructor working at the vacation spot. The supporting cast included Jerry Orbach, Cynthia Rhodes, Jack Weston, Jane Brucker, Kelly Bishop and Lonny Price. The movie earned $63 million at the domestic box office and $213.9 million worldwide from just a $6 million production budget. The new TV series will also be set in the 1960s like the movie.
Wayne Blair (The Sapphires) is directing the adaptation from a script by Jessica Sharzer (Scream Queens). Tony winner Andy Blankenbuehler, who most recently choreographed the hit Broadway musical Hamilton, is on board as choreographer. Allison Shearmur is producing alongside Eleanor Bergstein, who wrote the script for the original Dirty Dancing, with Adam Anders and Judy Cairo producing.
After wrapping up her seven-season run on FX's Sons of Anarchy in 2014, Katey Sagal starred in the network's drama series The Bastard Executioner, and served as the narrator on NBC's A to Z. On the big screen, she starred in the musical comedy Pitch Perfect 2, and she will next be seen in Bleed for This. We'll keep you posted with more casting updates on ABC's Dirty Dancing as we get closer to production starting.