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CMT Greenlights Reality Series With Jennie Garth, Melissa Rycroft

12/14/2011 6:44 PM Eastern

CMT has picked up two new reality series vehicles for former Beverly Hills, 90210 star Jennie Garth and former Bachelor contestant Melissa Rycroft.

The network has ordered eight half-hour episodes of I Love Jennie, which follows Garth as she moves her family to a seven-acre farm in the California countryside. The series, produced by Electus, 5x5 and Facinelli Films, premieres in April 2012.

Melissa and Tye: A New Reality, from Ryan Seacrest Productions, follows Rycroft as she moves to Los Angeles to pursue her dreams in Hollywood, while maintaining a long-distance relationship with her husband. Eight half-hour episodes will premiere also in April.

The greenlit series will join four other shows launching in 2012 -- Swanderosa, Bayou Billionaires, My Big Redneck Vacation and the third season of dating competition series Sweet Home Alabama.

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