I have to admit that I’m not much of a family TV watcher, I’m more inclined to view a good train wreck reality show, or a crappy made for TV drama that leaves me snickering at how bad it is. What the heck, one viewing and you think “hey, my life doesn’t suck as much as I thought.” But, that’s just me. Last week, I had to leave my television viewing comfort zone to screen a few of ABC Family’s newest shows.
What did I expect?
Honestly? I figured with word “FAMILY” being front and center, that unless I was watching it with my niece or nephew that I’d be hurling ZZZZZ’s before the opening sequence was even over. While the shows that I viewed ran the gamut from enjoyable to, I’m not sure if I’d watch it on my own, they did open my eyes to a new genre of shows that are really geared to those in the teen through adult (yes, even me) audience.
Let’s just cut to the chase here. This was the only one of the three shows that I viewed that was mysteriously not my cup of tea. Arguably, I’ve only viewed one episode, and while I used to watch 90210, I was not what you’d call an uber fan, which is where I’m assuming a large portion of the fan base comes from. I just had the feeling that this show skews a bit on the younger side, and I’m one of the “old” broads here at TRB. Mystery Solved!
Straight from their mouths
I had the opportunity to sit down with the stars of Mystery Girls: Tori Spelling, Jennie Garth and Miguel Pinzon along with a few of my fellow bloggers and ask a few questions to this TV detective team.
Broads: How did you come up with the idea for the Mystery Girls?
Tori Spelling: I had done a Christmas movie for ABC Family and I knew they were looking for comedies and I used to be a huge fan of mysteries in the eighties and my dad’s shows. I loved Remington Steele and I just wanted to pair that with comedy.
Broads: What’s it like to work with an old friend like Tori Spelling?
Jennie Garth: We have fun. We have so much fun and it’s just really easy. You know we know each other very well so that we’re past all of the awkward getting to know each other, we know each other’s ups and downs, when we need space, and we already have that built in chemistry too as actresses.
Tori Spelling: It wasn’t a no-brainer that we could do comedy together, but when we tried it, we just fit right together and it was perfect. Anyone can do a female buddy comedy, but I feel like the chemistry, like the bond we have, over twenty years of a friendship, you can’t replace that.
Broads : Tori & Jennie, how do you relate to your characters in real life?
Tori Spelling: Obviously we’re different than our characters, but I also think there is a part of both of us in our characters. Like the relationship we have in real life? I feel like I’m very trusting of everyone. I go into everything kind of full force and I don’t really take into consideration what’s going on, Jen always kind of steps in and protects me over the years, and I feel like that’s what Charlie and Holly are like too
Jennie Garth: I’ve always been more of protector, a big sister to her since the very beginning. I’ve always been a little tougher you know? I can take care of myself.
Broads: How’s it working with the other cast?
Jennie Garth: Oh, great. Miguel… He’s a lot of fun. He’s our third mystery girl. He completes us. [LAUGHS] But, again he’s a great partner in a scene, very dependable as an actor, but, a lot of fun too just as a person, and we have a lot of fun with him.
Broads: Miguel, how did you get involved in the show?
Miguel Pinzon: I was in San Francisco doing a job, not an acting job. Those jobs you sort of take to like make the acting jobs work and my agent sent me the info and asked can you please put yourself on tape, but I said I really can’t. I was doing 10 million things at once. But, I scrambled and put it on tape and let it go as one usually does. Then about two weeks later I got a call that the producers want to see you. I kept presuming it would sort of stop there. After that it just sort of happened, which was amazing. I’m a big fan of fortuitous circumstances and that everything is a guidepost if you’re looking for them.
Broads: What do you suggest for up-and-coming actors when they move to Hollywood?
Miguel Pinzon: First I would say like just make sure they’re in all sorts of classes and anything they can get their hands on to just make their gifts, their natural abilities as sharp as they can. Training. Then target! Look at television and movies and see where you think you see people that are similar to them. Like, I see myself like on Vampire Diaries, etc.
Broads: What’s it like working with two women who have a long history of working together AND friendship?
Miguel Pinzon: It’s amazing to see their shorthand. There’s this ongoing joke that they have in the script of the characters which is “are you thinking what I’m thinking?” Then usually Holly — Tori’s character will say something completely off the mark and that’s always where the joke is. But, they actually often are thinking what the other one is thinking. I just sort of love seeing how collaborative they are and the fact that they’re not only acting on it but are executive producers on it.
Want more Mystery Girls?
Tune in at 8:30pm ET/PT on ABC Family”Joe E. Tata (“Nat of “Beverly Hills, 90210”) will guest star on Wednesday’s (7/23) episode!!!! For more information check out Mystery Girls on
- Twitter: @MysteryGirls
- Instagram: @MysteryGirls
- Facebook: MysteryGirlsonABCFamily
- Hashtag: #MysteryGirls
This post is a result of a recent press junket provided by the good people at Disney and ABC Family. All opinions are strictly my own.