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Secret Santa

Wednesday, Nov. 26 | Midnight ET / 9pm PT (Tues.)


Eager journalist Rebecca has been assigned to uncover the true identity of her town’s legendary Secret Santa. But will she publish the scoop, or decide that the spirit of Christmas is something worth saving? 2003, Jennie Garth.

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Jennie Garth was discovered when she was 15 years old by a talent scout who suggested she pursue an acting career. As a result, Garth dropped out of high school in her junior year and moved to Los Angeles. After four months of acting classes and auditions, Garth landed a role in the TV series “Brand New Life,” which came to an abrupt end after its first season. That show’s demise may have been the best thing that ever happened to Garth, as she soon landed the role that would essentially define her career: that of Kelly Taylor on “Beverly Hills 90210.”

The show tackled every teen theme imaginable, and Garth played Kelly through cocaine addiction, nasty breakups, and teen drama set on a new scale, growing in front of America on camera. While fame and scandal regularly touched Garth’s costars, in particular Shannen Doherty, Garth remained unscathed, in a sense playing the role of America’s sweetheart.

While “90210” was in full swing, Garth kept busy in other acting projects as well, making her starring TV-movie debut in 1993 in “Star” — based on the popular book by Danielle Steel. The following year she starred in the TV drama “Lies of the Heart: The Story of Laurie Kellogg,” which addressed domestic abuse. Her role in the 1996 TV movie “An Unfinished Affair” would do more for her personal life than for her career, as she met her future husband, actor Peter Facinelli, on the set. On the film front, Garth also appeared around this time in the HBO feature film “Power 98” (1996) and the political drama My “Brother’s War” (1997).

The final episode of “Beverly Hills 90210” aired in 2000, and Garth quickly landed a featured role on another show, The Street, but the show was canceled after only a single season. Garth then embarked on roles in TV movies, such as “Watching the Detectives,” “Secret Santa” and “The Last Cowboy,” before being cast as Valerie Taylor on the new TV sitcom “What I Like About You” (2002–2006). “What I Like About You” had a solid four-year run, and when it was over, Garth returned to roles chiefly in TV movies.

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