Jennie Garth debuts reality series 'A Little Bit Country'
Jennie Garth's new reality series called "Jennie Garth: A Little Bit of Country" premiered on CMT on April 20 and quickly delved into the actress' personal life.
"Jennie Garth: A Little Bit of Country" chronicles Garth and her family's transition from life in Los Angeles to a farm house in the Santa Ynez Valley. The show will deal with Garth's recent split from Peter Facinelli, who will not appear in the show.
Garth and her three daughters settled down on a 7-acre farm two hours from Los Angeles, with the help of her assistant Corinne. Garth grew up on a ranch in Illinois before her family moved to Arizona, where she began her acting career.
"I grew up in rural Illinois, so it was sort of like returning to my roots. I just felt like I needed to go back to where I came from. I wanted my girls to experience that sort of childhood," Garth told Entertainment Weekly. "I think it's a fun little show, and it's got a great heart. I hope that people see my intention behind making it. It's certainly not a platform for me to be more famous. It's just something that felt right and we did it."
Garth's assistant Corinne adds comedy to the series, having never lived on a farm. In one scene in the premiere, Corinne bets Garth that in order to milk a cow, one has to suck on an udder to get the milk started.
"I like her because she's game for anything," Garth said of Corinne. "She makes me laugh, and I need that right now in my life. I torture her repeatedly. That's the thing about me: I like to laugh at other people. We go paintballing, and I pelt her with bullets and give her welts. I punch her in the face because she takes me boxing. There's a lot of Corinne torture throughout the season. I never feel mean doing it, because she really loves doing it."
The cow-milking bet stipulates that whoever is wrong has to suck the cow's udder. Corinne quipped, "Somebody is going down... somebody is going down on a cow."
Garth celebrated her 40th birthday and the premiere of her new series on Thursday night at the London Hotel in West Hollywood and was joined by several "Beverly Hills, 90210" alumni, including Shannen Doherty and Ian Ziering.
Garth played Kelly Taylor on the hit series "Beverly Hills, 90210" from 1990 to 2000. She later reprised the role in the spin-off series "90210" for two seasons. She also appeared opposite Amanda Bynes in the series "What I Like About You" and competed on season 5 of "Dancing With The Stars" in 2007. She was partnered with Derek Hough and finished in fourth place.
Facinelli filed for divorce on March 28, citing irreconcilable differences. Following the divorce filing, Garth said that she didn't want the divorce to happen and said that Facinelli's constant traveling to film "The Twilight Saga" and "Nurse Jackie" really took a toll on their marriage.
On the premiere of "A Little Bit Country," Garth said, "Having all of these animals fill a void for me because I am going through a rough time at the moment... Being separated is definitely difficult, but being in the country has made it easier."
Facinelli, 38, listed January 1 as the official date of separation. He married Garth on Jan 20, 2001. The two agreed to share joint legal and physical custody of their three daughters - 14-year-old Luca, 9-year-old Lola and 5-year-old Fiona.
Garth seems to be coping though and said on the show, "At first, I wasn't sure how I was going to make it through, but I really learned that I am so much stronger than I thought I was."
Watch a preview from "Jennie Garth: A Little Bit Country" below or the full episode on CMT's website.