The wild kids of television’s West Beverly High will have a guidance counselor familiar with the posh ZIP code’s dating, drugs and drama.
Jennie Garth has joined the cast of the CW’s “Beverly Hills, 90210” spin-off as a recurring character, reprising her role as Kelly Taylor from the original series.
In the new show, Kelly plays a guidance counselor at her alma mater, West Beverly Hills High.
Garth, 36, who also has starred on WB Network’s “What I Like About You” and on ABC’s “Dancing With the Stars,” raised speculation about a possible stint on the new “90210” after she departed the CBS comedy pilot “My Best Friend’s Girl” in April.
Though she is not a regular on the new “90210,” her casting brings the new show closer to the traditional formula of a spinoff, featuring a character from the original series.
The “90210” spinoff is considered a lock for a series pickup at the CW and is expected to be the central piece of the network’s “upfront” programming presentation to advertisers in mid-May.
The Hollywood Reporter and The Associated Press contributed to this report.