CRIM­I­NAL COME­BACKS

Screen sirens of the ‘90s – Jen­nifer Love Hewitt, Tori Spell­ing and Jen­nie Garth – have been piquing cu­rios­ity with their new TV roles. gives her ver­dict on who takes the hon­ours for the good, the bedaz­zling and the ugly…

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from the I Know What You Did Last Sum­mer fran­chise and Party of Five. Heck, she was the poster girl for popular cul­ture in the lat­ter show.

In fact, the 35-year-old has un­leashed her flair for com­edy, too, mak­ing a guest ap­pear­ance in Hot in Cleve­land not too long ago.

On switch­ing from her su­per­nat­u­ral hit show to a crime pro­ce­dural drama, she told In­sid­eTV: “I had been on a break for a bit be­ing a mommy.

“They were look­ing to add a new cast mem­ber and ob­vi­ously I’d spent some time at CBS be­fore, do­ing Ghost Whis­perer. Hon­estly, I had al­ways won­dered and been wait­ing to find the per­fect way to get back. My first CBS ex­pe­ri­ence was so awe­some. They’re great, and Les (Moonves) has been great to me. I was re­ally ex­cited when they called and asked to take a meet­ing.

“I met with show run­ner Erica (Messer), whom I have known since I was 14 from Party of Five. I hadn’t seen her in a re­ally long time, so it was great to catch up with her. It all fit and the tim­ing was per­fect.”

What is truly ad­mirable about the ac­tress though – aside from her sense of style and trade­mark poise – is her ver­sa­til­ity. While her act­ing ca­reer has been her most prom­i­nent as­set in Hol­ly­wood, she is also known for her plau­dits as a singer-song­writer, pro­ducer, au­thor and

tele­vi­sion di­rec­tor.

Once again, her per­for­mance is as im­preg­nably bril­liant as ever.

Good is as good does! FROM IT girl Kelly Tay­lor in Bev­erly Hills 90210 to re­al­ity star, ac­tress Jen­nie Garth has man­aged to re­main rel­e­vant all th­ese years.

At 42, she re­mains as strik­ing as she was when she bagged her break­through TV role. The dif­fer­ence be­ing, those en­chant­ing looks are now un­der­scored by ex­pe­ri­ence.

Okay, she hasn’t ex­actly em­barked on the road of suc­cess á la Friends stars Jen­nifer Anis­ton and Courteney Cox.

But she has en­joyed a fruit­ful ca­reer in made-for-TV movies, big screen of­fer­ings and has dab­bled in the re­al­ity arena.

Aside from bag­ging Jen­nie Garth: A Lit­tle Bit of Coun­try, she par­tic­i­pated in sea­son five of Danc­ing with the Stars (she made the semi-fi­nals with dance part­ner, Derek Hough) and proved to be quite the sport on Are You Smarter than a 5th Grader?, where she won $100 000 for the Amer­i­can Heart As­so­ci­a­tion.

And she re­turned in the re­make, 90210, along with for­mer co-star Shan­nen Do­herty and, later, Tori Spell­ing.

With so much fresh blood flood­ing the in­dus­try at the mo­ment, it isn’t easy bag­ging those youth­ful, sassy roles.

Hence, I imag­ine the prospect of team­ing up with Spell­ing on Mys­tery Girls was in­deed tempt­ing. How­ever flawed that decision was, though, she can, at least, seek so­lace in the fact that she is the only rea­son that com­edy has been watch­able.

Her bru­tally hon­est and lev­el­headed character de­rails from the OTT shenani­gans. Hats off to her! OH dear, where do I start with this one. Per­haps, tak­ing a no-hold­barred page from the late Joan Rivers book will help here.

Sim­ply put, Tori Spell­ing a joke in

Her plas­tic surgery ex­ploits have clearly gone south. Th­ese days, she looks like a cross be­tween Donatella Ver­sace and a hideous drag queen.

That she is fright­en­ingly skele­tal as well doesn’t do Spell­ing any favours.

Her daddy Aaron must be turn­ing in his grave at the re­al­i­sa­tion that she didn’t in­herit his cre­ative genes.

Aside from a few movies, her re­al­ity se­ries with hus­band Dean McDer­mott and their four kids, and the shame­less pour­ing of her celebrity life ex­pe­ri­ences into her au­to­bi­ogra­phies – she doesn’t have much go­ing for her.

In Mys­tery Girls, which she co-pro­duced, she plays an air­head who tries to rekin­dle her yes­ter­year star­dom as a TV star. Hmm, there’s a premise that sounds fa­mil­iar.

Dressed like a Bar­bie doll, hammy act­ing and not-so-sexy pouts leave view­ers cring­ing from em­bar­rass­ment.

While I don’t con­done McDer­mott’s un­faith­ful­ness, he does get some sym­pa­thy for hav­ing to go home to that cir­cus act.

She def­i­nitely would have been a bet­ter fit on Amer­i­can Hor­ror Story: Freak Show.

Thank­fully, Mys­tery Girls will not be on air for much longer – the plug has been pulled on the in­suf­fer­able “hor­ror” show.

Ugly re­ally doesn’t make for great tele­vi­sion, Tori, it just spells

dis­as­ter!

10 airs on M-Net Edge on Thurs­days at 7pm,

airs on Vuzu Amp on Mon­days at 7pm.

COME­BACK SIRENS: Bev­erly Hills 90210 stars, Jen­nie Garth and Tori Spell­ing, left and cen­tre, rekin­dle the nostal­gia in their new com­edy, Mys­tery Girls. Jen­nifer Love Hewitt has proved to be quite the sur­prise in the 10th sea­son of Crim­i­nal Minds.

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