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[ # ] Why did Fox greenlight The Real Dirty Dancing?
January 19th, 2022 under Fox

Back in 1987, a movie came out called Dirty Dancing. It has been almost 34 years since we fell in love with Jennifer Grey and Patrick in their roles, and Fox thinks that now is a good time to recreate the film as a reality show.

Are people still talking about it to the point that we want to see celebs dance and act like Baby and Johnny Castle? It is an iconic feature, but I don’t think enough to still garner the interest that the Fox executives think it will get when it debuts on February 1st.

Now, if it were Star Wars or Ferris Bueller, maybe I can understand that. But not Dirty Dancing.

So what is the premise of The Real Dirty Dancing? Fox describes it as the reality competition will follow eight celebrities — Brie Bella, Corbin Bleu, Tyler Cameron, Cat Cora, Howie Dorough, Antonio Gates, Anjelah Johnson-Reyes, and Loni Love — as they fully immerse themselves in the ultimate Dirty Dancing experience. Set at Virginia’s Mountain Lake Lodge, which was the real location for the film’s fictional Kellerman’s Lodge, the stars will partner up and learn iconic dance routines from the Jennifer Grey-and Patrick Swayze-led movie and recreate classic scenes — including the legendary lift that cemented the film’s spot in cinematic history. Throughout the event special, Dirty Dancing’s memorable music and unforgettable fashion will transport viewers right back to that magical summer in 1963.

Twitch will host the show, and there will be several guest judges. If Grey is not one of them, then that says it all to be.

I get that Fox needs to fill the space that was vacated by Monarch because they moved the Country Music Soap Opera to the Fall. However, I just don’t see this doing well. I mean, ABC Family did a remake of the movie in 2017, and it did not do well. If Sarah Hyland and Debra Messing couldn’t bring in an audience, how will these celebrities do it? That and did you even know that in 2014 there was a tour of a musical version of the movie that lasted for almost three years? I didn’t. I even forgot that in 2020 it was announced that they are doing a sequel with Grey reprising her role.

Are you going to tune in?


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