What the Hell Happened to Jennifer Grey?
It’s Like, You Know… was created by former Seinfeld writer, Peter Mehlman. According to Melman, he made a terrible mistake by allowing his show to air on ABC. It’s Like You Know was produced by DreamWorks Television which was run by Jeffrey Katzenberg who had once been the protege of Disney CEO Michael Eisner. Eisner and Katzenberg hated each other and Melman believes ABC treated the show poorly as a result.
Melman explained how Grey came to be involved:
I just loved the idea of having a real character that everybody knew. A real history. And Jennifer Grey, I was friends with, and she had a juicy enough past considering who she had dated, Dirty Dancing, and the nose job, and she was totally game to go along with it all. So she was kind of perfect. I told her if anything bothers you at all, just tell me and we’ll take it out. I didn’t want to make her feel uncomfortable about anything, but she was totally game for everything.
Unfortunately, the show didn’t last long at ABC. It started as a midseason replacement much to Melman’s chagrin. Although it got picked up for a second season, ABC pulled the plug on It’s Like, You Know… with 6 episodes from season 2 unaired. At the time, ABC was enjoying success with the reality show Who Wants to Be a Millionaire so they weren’t interested in a low-rated sitcom. Melman believes if he had taken the show to Fox instead, it would have had a long and successful run.
After It’s Like, You Know… was cancelled, Grey had a supporting role in the big screen drama, Bounce.
Ben Affleck starred as an ad exec whose return flight is delayed by a snowstorm. At the airport, he meets a writer played by Tony Goldwyn who is trying to get home to his family. Affleck being the sweet guy he is (I think he may be Batman), offers Goldwyn his seat on the plane. Grey appeared as Affleck’s friend who happened to work for the airline. Tragically, the flight Affleck was supposed to be on crashes. Gwyneth Paltrow costarred as Goldwyn’s widow. Wracked with guilt, Affleck feels he must make amends.
Bounce received mixed reviews from critics. It opened in fifth place at the box office behind The 6th Day. Both films opened behind Charlie’s Angels which was in its third week in theaters. Ultimately, Bounce grossed roughly $36 million dollars in the US which was about what it cost to make.
In 2002, Grey starred opposite Craig Sheffer and Tim Curry in the horror flick, Ritual.
Grey played a doctor who has recently had her medical license revoked. With few job prospects, she travels to Jamaica to care for a young man who suffers from encephalitis. Naturally she begins to develop feelings for her patient as all good doctors do. Eventually, she begins to suspect that she and her patient are being targeted by a voodoo cult.
Originally, Ritual was intended to be the third installment in the Tales From the Crypt movie series. But when the second movie, Bordello of Blood, bombed at the box office, plans for the third film were scrapped at Universal. Miramax later purchased the rights to the movie from Universal and released it without the Tales From the Crypt name.
It turns out that the name wasn’t the problem. Ritual was panned by the few critics who bothered reviewing it. It was released in theaters in some foreign countries, but never received a theatrical release in the US. When it was finally released on video, the Tales From the Crypt brand was restored.
After that, Grey took a substantial break from work. In 2001, she married actor Clark Gregg, aka Agent Coulson from the Marvel movies and Agents of SHIELD TV show. They tied the knot in July and welcomed a baby girl into their family in December. So Grey took a few years to focus on her family.
Grey returned to acting in the 2006 Lifetime movie, The Road to Christmas. Grey starred as a fashion photographer who gets stranded on her way to her holiday wedding in Aspen. She ends up hitching a ride from a teacher played by her real life hubby, Clark Gregg. It’s a Lifetime Christmas movie so I probably don’t have to draw you a picture. It turns out Gregg is a serial killer and Grey has to fight for her life over the holidays. No, wait. That’s not right.
In 2007, Grey appeared in three episodes of the HBO series, John From Cincinnati. The show focused on a family of surfers which is disrupted by the arrival of a mysterious young man who hails from the ‘Nati. The show starred Bruce Greenwood, Rebecca De Mornay, Brian Van Holt, Ed O’Neill, Luke Perry and Luis Guzman. Grey appeared as the fiancee of a lawyer played by Willie Garson.