Instead of celebrating 12 days of Christmas, the TV Guide Network this year is marking the holiday with 12 hours of “Dirty Dancing.”
The cable channel is planning a 12-hour marathon of the 1987 box-office smash from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday.
Set in the summer of 1963, “Dirty Dancing” tells the story of 17-year-old Baby (Jennifer Grey), who vacations with her parents at a resort in the Catskills Mountains. While there, she meets Johnny (Patrick Swayze), the hotel dance instructor, who becomes her teacher not only in dance but in romance.
The coming-of-age story is one of Swayze’s best-known roles. Swayze died in September of pancreatic cancer.