Jennie Garth to Play Nancy Grace Book Character

Jennie Garth (Photo: Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)

By Kimberly Potts

LOS ANGELES ( – Pardon us if we don’t see the resemblance: “Beverly Hills 90210” alum Jennie Garth has signed on to star in “Nancy Grace’s Eleventh Victim,” an adaptation of Grace’s semi-autobiographical debut novel.

Garth will play Atlanta assistant district attorney Hailey Dean, whose fiancé is murdered. Then she wins the conviction of a serial killer (Clint Burrell Cruise, in the tradition of serial killers with three names) and moves to New York City to begin a new career as a therapist.

In Grace’s novel, “The Eleventh Victim,” Dean’s therapy patients become victims of a murderer who operates much like Cruise did. Dean, somehow unaware that Cruise had been freed from prison after an appeal, becomes the suspect in the murders.

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Grace, whose fiancĂ© was murdered when she was 19 and who worked in the Atlanta district attorney’s office as a prosecutor who specialized in serial killer cases, will act as an executive producer on the movie with Ted Bauman and Josh Sabarra.

Garth, who, like Grace, is a “Dancing With the Stars” alum, is also currently starring in a new CMT reality series – “Jennie Garth: A Little Bit Country” – which follows her family’s move from Los Angeles to a working farm.

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