As a loyal Beverly Hills 90210 fan, I’ll give
anything a try that has any of the alums from
this show. So, when I saw that ABCFamily had
written a show with both Jennie Garth and Tori
Spelling, I knew I had to watch it; until I
Spelling and Garth play Holly Hamilton and
Charlie Contour (respectively), two aging
actresses that once starred in a hit televisions
show, Mystery Girls, but now run a private
detective agency of the same name. Yes, it is
exactly as silly as it sounds.
Spelling overacts in her role as Holly, the
vapid, fame-obsessed ditz, who is desperately
trying to hold on to her prior success at all
costs. While I don’t like to speak meanly about
anybody who played such a role in my teenage
years, Spelling is not at her finest. Pulled
tight and dressed like a neon bar sign, she
grates in every scene she’s in, and dials the
histrionics up to code red. Its hard to watch.
Garth, playing Charlie, the level-headed,
married, business minded partner, is less
distressing, yet far from doing her best work.
She plays the straight-man to Spelling’s cooky
antics and sometimes it looks like she is just
above it all. Which she is, in my opinion.
The volume is turned up way too much for me for
this show, and even though I wanted to like it,
I just can’t. ABCFamily has delivered some
really great programming this year, but I am
afraid they missed the boat on this one. It is
my one, great TV-wish, that the stars of the
greatest show on Earth (90210) will all find
vehicles worth of their potential.
Alas, Mystery Girls, is no such vehicle, and if
you can make through the first episode, good for
you. Otherwise, you will probably wind up
turning it off because you feel angry at the
world that such a thing exists.
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