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‘The Goldbergs’ to Pay Homage to ‘Dirty Dancing’ in Season 3

ABC’s nostalgic comedy series “The Goldbergs” will pay homage to another beloved ’80s movie this season, with an episode centered around 1987’s “Dirty Dancing,” which starred Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Grey.

“‘Dirty Dancing’ is a huge ’80s cultural touchstone — the music, the memorable lines, and of course, Swayze. No one loved it more than my mom. I’ll always remember how she dragged me to see it in the theaters several times and then bought it on video,” said creator/executive producer Adam F. Goldberg in a statement. “I knew this was our big movie to explore this season when all of the writers on the show also had their very own ‘Dirty Dancing’ memories from years ago. It really is a gem of the ’80s and it’s so exciting to bring it to life with my amazing cast.”

The Goldbergs” has previously paid tribute to two other ’80s cinematic classics: season one tackled “The Goonies,” while season two took on “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off.” No airdate has been set for the “Dirty Dancing” episode, but March 2 is a good possibility, given that the show’s two previous movie homages were given heavy promotion during ABC’s Oscars telecasts and subsequently aired the Wednesday following the award show. This year’s Academy Awards ceremony is scheduled for February 28.

The series stars Sean Giambrone, Wendi McLendon-Covey, Jeff Garlin, Troy Gentile, Hayley Orrantia and George Segal, with Patton Oswalt providing narration.

ABC recently ordered another comedy pilot from Goldberg and fellow “Goldbergs” exec producer David Guaracio for the 2016-17 season, centered around a thirty-something bachelorette whose life is turned upside-down when she finally meets the love of her life — a divorced father with three kids. This triggers even more upheaval when the slightly unhinged imaginary friend she created as an only child suddenly reappears in her life to help her navigate the transition from single girl to a woman ready for a family.

“The Goldbergs” airs Wednesdays at 8:30 p.m. on ABC.

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