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Frustrations in Jennie Garth-Peter Facinelli Marriage Apparent Last Year

Sad to hear that Jennie Garth and Peter Faciinelli are breaking up after 11 years of marriage.  Rumors about what’s behind the split of the couple have been all over the internet, but we can’t help remembering Jennie expressing some of her frustrations in this column last year.  She told us she was looking forward to the end of the “Twilight” movies, saying, “I can’t even remember what life is like with a husband.  I will be very happy.”

She told us that Peter “tries to go no more than two weeks at a time” without seeing her and their three daughters, 14, 9 and 5.  And, “It gets harder the more time he’s gone.  It’s more of a challenge to keep everybody connected, and for the girls, they miss him so much, it’s kind of heart-wrenching to see him come and go.  But there’s no other way to keep him doing what he does and keep their lives normal…We could become a traveling circus — go with him wherever he goes and homeschool the kids.  But they’re enjoying having regular quiet lives and we like them to be able to have that.”

Garth talked, too, about the stresses of “Twilight” in their daughters’ lives, particularly their eldest daughter, who could never be sure whether classmates wanted to befriend her – or get closer to the actor who played Carlisle.

And, she said, “I’ve really been focusing on the family and the girls and keeping things normal for them.  Whether it’s a sacrifice or not, I don’t know — but it’s definitely what I want to be doing.  I want him to take this time for himself and make the most of it.  And besides, with him as the breadwinner, that dynamic works for a marriage.”

Now they’re divorcing, and Jennie’s CMT reality show, “Jennie Garth: A Little Bit Country” is set to premiere next month.  And so much for normalcy in a Hollywood marriage.

Jay Mohr: Life on the Road is Better With Baby (and Wife Nikki Cox) On Board

Jay Mohr

Jay Mohr is finding life on the road a whole different experience with wife Nikki Cox and their baby son along for the trek.  “It’s a lot better with them here than without them,” declares the comic-actor-author, who’s been doing a string of standup dates.  “I don’t have to worry about waking up early for radio interviews.  With a seven-month-old along, I’m already up.”

But he works nights.  When does he sleep?  “I’m a great napper.  I never mind getting up early, because I know I’ll be able to knock down an hour and a half in the afternoon,” says Mohr.  He’s also big on snoozing during flights.  “My wife said if I ever get insomnia, she’s going to put an airline seat in the bedroom.  I never understand people being awake on planes.  Why? We’re in a tube!  It’s made for sleeping.  Why are you reading?!  Close your eyes!”

He’s done four episodes of ABC’s hit “Suburgatory” so far, playing the wealthy, usually-absent husband of Cheryl Hines’ character.  “I would love it if that was my job, if they had me every week, that would make me very happy,” he says.  “It’s a ridiculously well-written show.  I’d love it if it went the same way as ‘Ghost Whisperer,’ where I burrow in and end up on the show.”

He compares his character to Eric Bana’s in Judd Apatow’s “Funny People” — the kind of guy who’d grab another guy to do bench presses together and is “way too comfortable being naked in the locker room.”  He muses about working in a shoe fetish.  We’ll see!

Mohr wonders, in fact, when he’ll get the chance to work his comedic chops on the big screen in something by Apatow or another funny filmmaker.  Despite the many non-comedic characters on his film resume (who could forget his backstabbing creep of a sports agent in “Jerry Maguire”?), curiously, “I never really got to play a comedy role on film.  I’ve never been the wacky surf instructor in ‘Forgetting Sarah Marshall,'” points out Mohr, who rose to fame on “Saturday Night Live.”

Nikki's and Jay's doggie counterparts

Mohr and Cox will be heard as the voices of a Labrador Retriever and a Poodle who fall in love — and then conspire to get their owners together — in this Saturday’s (11/19) made-for-television movie, “A Christmas Wedding Tail.”  Jennie Garth, Tom Arnold and Brad Rowe also star in the fun Hallmark Channel movie that will be released on DVD as of Dec. 6. 

Of course, one day it’s bound to be highly entertaining to seven-month-old Meredith Daniel Mohr to see his mom and dad as dogs in love .  “That’s one of the reasons to do a movie like this — it’s something your kids will be able to watch,” says Mohr, who also has a nine-year-old son.  “If I was a swinging bachelor, I wouldn’t have been as excited about it.  You also want to be in Hallmark’s Rollidex.  Their quality control is exceptional; they’re going to make sure you’re protected.”

With two successful books behind him (Gasping for Airtime: Two Years in the Trenches of Saturday Night Live  and No Wonder My Parents Drank: Tales from a Stand-Up Dad), Mohr says he’s thinking of a third.  “It would be 18 Big Breaks: Failing Upwards for 20 Years.  I don’t know of anybody who’s had one big break that’s set them up for 20 years.  If you’re lucky, you have about 20 big breaks.  I’m still waiting for a successful show.”

But he’s done so many, varied things.

Replies Mohr:  “I’ve only done so much because so many things haven’t worked out.”

Garth Sad to See ‘90210’ ‘Taken in a Direction I’m Not Proud Of’

Ethan Erickson, Jennie Garth Hallmark Channel photo

Jennie Garth’s departure from the current CW manifestation of ”90210″ has been reported as both her decision, and as a producer decision.  But now, she makes it clear, “I had a little problem with the producer they had chosen to do season two of the show.  I didn’t care for her or her creative ways.  I was happy to part ways.  But as an original cast member, I was sad to see the show being taken in a direction I was not proud of.”

Garth — forever to be thought of as key character Kelly Taylor by “90210” fans — doesn’t mind admitting she no longer watches the show.  She also says, “I don’t imagine Kelly ever coming back to that world.”

The actress’ priority is her three daughters, who range in age from 13 to four, and her husband, Peter Facinelli.  The “Twilight” and “Nurse Jackie” actor wrote and produced Jennie’s latest movie – the charming romantic comedy “Accidentally in Love,” which premieres on the Hallmark Channel Feb. 12.

Her next big undertaking?  Supervising the building of the family’s planned eco-friendly “green” house.  “That’s going to be our focus,” she says.

Najimy’s Sad Goodbye; Jennie Garth Acts her Age

“King of the Hill” fans hoped Fox execs would change their minds about canceling the animated series, but star

Kathy Najimy, (Photo from Kathy Najimy offical website)

Kathy Najimy, (Photo from Kathy Najimy offical website)

Kathy Najimy, who provided the voice of Peggy Hill, says it’s definitely over.

“Isn’t that terrible?  It’s the worst thing in the world. That was the best job I ever had,” says Najimy of the cancellation.  “I wasn’t surprised because they canceled us before and then they brought us back.  This time when they canceled us, I thought they might bring us back” – but it didn’t happen.  Still, “There’s always a chance they could sell it to another network,” she adds.

The final episode airs Sept. 13.

The actress-playwright-director-activist has plenty of other things on her plate as she’s currently penning a one-woman show and has a guest starring stint on Lifetime’s hit dramedy “Drop Dead Diva” Sunday (8/23).  “Margaret Cho emailed me and said, ‘Come do my TV show in Atlanta.’  She’s a person who, when she says come, I come.  I don’t even ask what it is.  I show up, get in a costume, and do what she says because she’s so brilliant,” gushes Najimy.  “At some point after you’re 20, you start caring about the quality of your experience.  The last thing I want to do is be involved with egos or stress. There was no drama there except in the script.”

The show hit a strong chord with the actress, who has always been an advocate for women’s issues.  “This show is great for Lifetime.  I think people want to support anything that sort of levels the field of all the craziness that’s going on with women and their bodies.  Brooke [Elliot] herself is such a surprise,” she adds.  “We’re not used to somebody coming from Broadway that we don’t know in TV land, and she has such a charming, easy way about her.  The truth is, it’s terribly difficult to play a model who has died and comes back in the body of a normal-sized lawyer.  She does it with such ease that we don’t question it.  I’m a big fan of hers and from what I’ve read from the reviews, America has really responded to her as well.”

FULLY DEVELOPED: It’s a different Jennie Garth than we’ve seen before on Candace Bushnell’s Sept. 10-debuting web series, “The Broadroom.” “I play a woman executive.  That was a fun thing for me – to step into my maturity a little bit and play someone my age.”

Jennie, who’s 37, could easily get away with playing years younger, but she’s not trying to.  She points out that her and husband Peter Facinelli’s daughters are now ages 12, six and two.

The couple have been juggling parental duty with their various assignments – she also has an as-yet-undetermined number of “90210” episodes to shoot this season, while he’s busy making the third film in the “Twilight” series, “Eclipse,” and will go into “Nurse Jackie” shooting as soon as he’s finished.

They have to make their schedules work, Jennie tells us.  “We have three little people depending on us.  You know, when he’s working I take it all on, because I’m not going to leave them with someone else.  That’s our job.”

LIFE IS TWEET: A funny thing happened during intermission at one of the Jonas Brothers’ recent L.A. concerts – when suddenly there was an outbreak of audience members spontaneously flapping their hands at the Staples Center.  Turns out it was the work of “Wizards of Waverly Place” star David Henrie, who was there taking in the show (so were teen faves Aly & A.J.) and communicating with his Twitter followers.  The 20-year-old actor instructed his fans who were on hand: “If ur on Twitter scream and wave ur hands like ur on fire.”  He then shot a photo of the audience from his seat and posted it, then Tweeted, “Wave ur hands and scream if ur in this pic.”  Others could only wonder what kind of mass insanity was taking hold.

“The Biggest Loser” host and “Days of Our Lives” actress Alison Sweeney is a frequent Tweeter.  She tells us, “It’s so much fun for interacting with the fans, sharing stories, taking photos at awards, I love it.  I get to see their reactions, or watch shows together, or even just talk about Shark Week or whatever.”  Naturally, her soap followers are a strong presence.  “Obviously there are fan groups who have different kinds of conflicting opinions about the show and my character’s love life.  It’s great to get that kind of feedback.”

With reports by Emily-Fortune Feimster