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TV News Roundup: Debra Messing Cast in ABC’s ‘Dirty Dancing,’ LeBron James Nabs CNBC Unscripted Series

Debra Messing joins ABC’s “Dirty Dancing” musical event, and LeBron James scores a new CNBC series in today’s TV news roundup…


Debra Messing has been cast in ABC’s adaptation of “Dirty Dancing,” it was announced Thursday. Messing will play Marjorie Houseman, mother of Abigail Breslin’s “Baby.” Described as a meticulous 1960s housewife who takes great pride in her family, Marjorie is using the summer vacation to try and rekindle her romance with her workaholic husband. Messing is repped by the Gersh Agency, 3 Arts Entertainment and Rick Genow at Stone, Genow.

ABC’s “Dirty Dancing” musical event is produced by Lionsgate Television in association with Allison Shearmur Productions, with exec producers Allison Shearmur, Eleanor Bergstein (who penned the screenplay for the 1987 film) and Adam Anders. The project is being adapted for television by Jessica Sharzer and directed by Wayne Blair.

Series Pickups

CNBC announced it has greenlit two unscripted series for summer 2016 at today’s Television Critics Assn. press tour. The first, “Cleveland Hustles,” hails from LeBron James and Maverick Carter’s production company, SpringHill Entertainment, and will see the duo give four aspiring local entrepreneurs the chance to realize their own dreams while also helping to revitalize a neighborhood in Cleveland. James and Carter will enlist the aid of four trusted business experts and associates, who will in turn invest in and mentor fledgling entrepreneurs who need a little jumpstart. In success, these four businesses will provide jobs and services for neighborhoods that desperately need investment. “Cleveland Hustles” is produced by SpringHill Entertainment and Magical Elves with James and Carter serving as executive producers for SpringHill Entertainment and Dan Cutforth and Jane Lipsitz as executive producers for Magical Elves.

The second series, “The Partner,” centers around Marcus Lemonis, entrepreneur and host of CNBC’s “The Profit,” who puts his money on the line to save struggling businesses. Over the course of three seasons, he has invested more than $35 million dollars in companies featured on the series, and now he’s looking for a partner to help him run it all. Candidates from diverse business backgrounds will compete for a position working alongside Lemonis and an equity stake in his multi-million dollar company. “The Partner” is produced by Marcus Lemonis Productions LLC and Machete Productions with Amber Mazzola and Lemonis serving as executive producers.


Oxygen has announced premiere dates for a number of new and returning series, including “#killerpost,” debuting Saturday, January 30 at 9 p.m.; “Preachers of Atlanta,” premiering Wednesday, February 3 at 10 p.m.; “Living with Funny,” bowing Tuesday, March 29 at 9 p.m.; “Like A Boss,” premiering Tuesday, March 29 at 9:30 p.m.; “Quit Your Day Job,” premiering Wednesday, March 30 at 10 p.m.; and Season 2 of “The Prancing Elites Project,” bowing Tuesday, January 19 at 8 p.m.

“#killerpost” profiles true stories of the most jaw-dropping and shocking cases where social media activity has had dangerous and deadly consequences. Although the crimes differ in nature, they all share a common theme – social media posts were the catalysts for deadly repercussions.

Through the lens of five pastors with drastically different approaches to their ministry, “Preachers of Atlanta” explores many of the most hot-button and polarizing issues in America today. From passionate discussions surrounding the validity of unorthodox ministry methods to first-person accounts of the rippling and emotional effects of racial tensions with law enforcement, these unconventional preachers have no boundaries when it comes to tackling real issues that affect real people in their communities.

“Living with Funny” showcases the personal lives behind the curtain of rising comedians in Hollywood and the women in their lives — Brandon T. Jackson and fiancée Denise Xavier; DeRay Davis and girlfriends Coco & Caro; Michael Blackson and girlfriend Georgia Reign; Erik Rivera and wife Katie Rivera; and bachelor Adam Hunter.

“Like A Boss” follows four hardworking and motivated assistants as they look to emulate the success of their respective bosses, but know that it in order to get to the top, they must start at the bottom. Featuring Amber Grimes, assistant to media mogul Nick Cannon; Devin Simpson, assistant to successful real estate agent Blair Myers; Rian Parish, assistant to popular radio personality Big Tigger; and Drekia Glenn, assistant to music executive Abou “Bu” Thiam, these protégés are out to prove they have the drive, focus and ambition to be a future CEO.

“Quit Your Day Job” explores the world of entrepreneurship through the leadership of tech mogul Randi Zuckerberg, consumer products tycoon Ido Leffler, start-up advocate Sarah Prevette and master marketer Lauren Maillian. The eight-episode series features aspiring millennial entrepreneurs who receive the life-changing opportunity to pitch themselves and their innovative ideas to angel financiers.

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