Fans of “Beverly Hills, 90210” mourning the loss of SoapNet from their cable systems got a nice consolation prize Monday (Jan. 6): ABC Family has greenlit “Mystery Girls,” a comedy series starring “90210” veterans Jennie Garth and Tori Spelling.
The show is one of two ABC Family ordered to series on Monday. The other is “Young & Hungry,” which stars Emily Osment (“Hannah Montana”) as a food blogger who lands a job as personal chef to a hotshot tech entrepreneur (Jonathan Sadowski). Both are set to begin production in the coming weeks and premiere later in the year.
“Mystery Girls” stars Garth and Spelling as the former stars of a TV detective show. Garth’s Charlie Contour has left Hollywood, while Spelling’s Holly Hamilton is looking for a way back into showbiz. They’re brought back together when a witness to a real-life crime (Miguel Pinzon) — and superfan of their show (also called “Mystery Girls”) — will only speak to them. Spelling and Garth are also executive producers, along with Maggie Malina; Spelling also conceived the story with pilot writer Shepard Boucher (“Men at Work”).
“Young & Hungry” stars Osment as Gabi, a food blogger who lands an audition to be Josh’s (Sadowski, “$#*! My Dad Says”) personal chef, over the objections of his assistant (Rex Lee, “Entourage” and “Suburgatory”). Her tryout goes sideways, but Gabi manages to salvage a chance at the job anyway. Kym Whitley (“Raising Whitley”) and Aimee Carrero (“Level Up”) also star.
Ashley Tisdale is among the executive producers of “Young & Hungry,” which was written by David Holden (“Shake It Up”). ABC Family says food blogger Gabi Moskowitz “contributed to the development” of the show.