ABC's Dirty Dancing Has Its First Nightmare Trailer

Once again, Debra Messing is delivering a painful reminder that ABC is releasing a three-hour, made-for-TV remake of Dirty Dancing. The new trailer includes a corny voiceover explaining that this was one of the most “beloved dance movies of all time” then provides about 20 more seconds of footage in which that movie gets hideously mangled.

Judging from this brief promo, it looks like every well-known moment in the iconic film will pop up more or less exactly the way it was, but without the erotic physicality of Patrick Swayze and the strangely aggressive chemistry he shared with Jennifer Grey (fun fact: they did NOT like each other!) It’s so like, yet unlike, the original that watching it feels like dipping into the Uncanny Valley.

Clearly, producers expect us to clap like trained seals when we see Baby say her name is “Baby” and then the follow-up in which Baby is not put in a corner, and finally, The Lift. And you know what? We probably will. So, congrats, ABC, you got everyone talking about this remake so unnecessary that you are blatantly marketing it as a hate watching “event” rather than original programming. See you out on the dance log.


Contributing Writer, writing my first book for the Dial Press called The Lonely Hunter, follow me on Twitter @alutkin

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Dances With Hamsters

My year did Dirty Dancing as a school play in 1990. It was an all girls school and we were 12. Our teachers decided that Penny’s abortion was too controversial a plotline so she broke her leg instead.

This looks worse.