"The Goodbye Girl" TV Remake Debuts Jan. 16

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The TV remake of Neil Simon's award-winning film "The Goodbye Girl" debuts on the TNT network Jan. 16.
Patricia Heaton and Jeff Daniels in
Patricia Heaton and Jeff Daniels in "The Goodbye Girl" Photo by TNT

Starring two-time Emmy Award winner Patricia Heaton as Paula McFadden and stage and film actor Jeff Daniels as Elliott Garfield, "Neil Simon's The Goodbye Girl" will premiere Friday, Jan. 16 at 8 PM ET. Rebroadcasts are scheduled for Jan. 17 at 8 PM and Jan. 18 at 8 PM; check local listings. Neil Simon wrote the screenplay for this contemporary turn on his classic film about a divorcee and an aspiring actor who become unwilling roommates. The cast also includes Hallie Kate Eisenberg as Paula's daughter Lucy and Tony Award winner Alan Cumming as an Off-Broadway director. Richard Benjamin directs.

Richard Dreyfuss and Marsha Mason starred in the original 1977 film. Both Mason and Dreyfuss were nominated for Academy Awards for their work; Dreyfuss took home the Oscar. Bernadette Peters and Martin Short played the lead roles in the 1993 Broadway musical, which featured a score by Marvin Hamlisch and David Zippel. Peters and Short were Tony nominated for their performances.

Grammy Award-winners Hootie and the Blowfish have recorded a remake of David Gates' 1978 single "Goodbye Girl," which will be heard in the film.

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