CMT Greenlights Reality Series With Jennie Garth, Melissa Rycroft


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.