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Kelly, Brenda and Donna Invade Reality TV

For some reason, if you were an original, female cast member of Beverly Hills, 90210, you currently have a reality show. Well, unless your name is Gabrielle Carteris, but admit it – Andrea Zuckerman was never really one of the gang. 

Tori Spelling has long been a reality show staple, first when she starred in Tori & Dean: Inn Love, then in Tori & Dean: Home Sweet Hollywood, which was basically the same show, except they moved to a house in L.A. from their bed and breakfast in a rural area near San Diego. Tori even had a spin-off of her spin-off (whoa), called Tori & Dean: sTORIbook Weddings. When she’s not making puns based on her name, she’s being filmed for a reality show.

New to the world is Shannen Doherty and Jennie Garth, who are now starring in Shannen Says and Jennie Garth: A Little Bit Country, respectively. Shannen’s WE tv show chronicles her upcoming nuptials to her third husband, Kurt Iswarienko, while Jennie’s focuses on her and her three daughters escaping to a country hideaway near Santa Barbara.

A Little Bit Country doesn’t premiere until this Friday on CMT, but I like Jennie Garth and random reality shows, and I have a feeling I’ll like this. A clip I saw on the Today show featured Jennie attempting to rein in a ton of foster animals, which I immediately found endearing. I don’t expect to see too much drama (unless we hear a little about her impending divorce from Peter Facinelli), and I like that; a reality show where people aren’t concerned about acting like lunatics to get attention.

As for Shannen Says, it totally validates my non-fuzzy feelings for Shannen Doherty. I don’t find it shocking that she has gained notoriety over the years for being difficult to work with; based on the first episode of the show, which aired last week, it’s her way or the highway. She said a lot of things that I found unreasonable, but watching her complain with her mother about children at weddings solidified my dislike; I can see why she wouldn’t want kids crying or misbehaving at her wedding, but she pouts about them dancing. Now, I love to complain about stuff, like being unappreciated at work and the price of gas, but dancing is not, and will never be, on my list. I’m not the freaking dad in Footloose (a movie that I still have never seen).

Also, for all of the little fights she had with her fiance and the nitpicking about everything that she did, the show was kind of boring. There were countless scenes involving her playing tennis, with her coach blathering on about nothing. So dull! It was as if the fireworks exploded before they could launch.

I’m looking forward to checking out Jennie’s show, and it’ll be the first time I have ever tuned into the Country Music Television channel. I might hate-watch Shannen Says when I am hungover on Sunday and unable to change the channel from WE. Tori will always come first though, because I love her bubbly personality and can-do attitude; too bad her show is on break right now.

Have you seen Shannen Says? Will you watch Jennie Garth’s show? Are you a fan of any of Tori Spelling’s shows? Share in the comments!

By Catherine

Catherine is a Southern California based freelance writer, whose work has appeared in everything from the New York Times to Entertainment Weekly. The highlight of her life (so far) was being featured on MSNBC for a story she wrote on Hello Kitty wines...she knew one day her love of all things HK would come in handy.

6 replies on “Kelly, Brenda and Donna Invade Reality TV”

It premiered when I was either in 8th or 9th grade, I think, and I LOVED 90210. Like, full-on you do not call me or try to talk to me because I’m watching my stories loved it. Looking back, well, I did a lot of things in the ’90s that were pretty embarrassing.

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