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While it was Playboy that put Jenny McCarthy on the map, many of us remember her best for her goofy antics as host on MTV’s equally goofy match-making game show Singled Out. Since then, she’s taken her bubbly personality and sense of humor on to other projects, including numerous appearances in film and television. A recent appearance includes co-hosting last December’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve broadcast on ABC, during which she memorably locked lips with the a member of the local law enforcement just after the ball dropped.
Needless to say, McCarthy’s still just as good at grabbing our attention and entertaining us as she’s always been. So, a talk show seems especially fitting for the star, and from what’s being reported, it will put her back on a music-related network. According to the Hollywood Reporter, McCarthy has a talk show coming to VH1. THR reports that the network is developing a talk show, fittingly titled The Jenny McCarthy Show, which they hope to see premiere late summer or fall.
From what VH1’s Jeff Olde said, they’re targeting, “that female funny sweet spot.” THR references the project as a potential “Chelsea Handler equivalent” and and the involvement of executive producer Michael Davies (Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen), which suggests this show could be set up for late night, though nothing has been decided there yet. The series will have her discussing pop culture, doing celebrity interviews, and speaking with guest panelists.
NBC and Oprah Winfrey’s OWN both had talk show projects in contention with McCarthy but nothing became of either. Their loss may be VH1’s gain.
The comment about hitting "that female funny sweet spot" has me wondering if they mean to aim this toward a female audience, or if Olde was simply referencing McCarthy's sense of humor as a woman. The relatively recent female-centric comedy Bridesmaids certainly hit the spot, for example. Either way, it raises another interesting point about McCarthy. Now, this is not to say that women are universally put off by women who look like McCarthy, however she is a former Playboy model who has played up her blonde bombshell look for years, which by itself may not exactly be a huge sell to the female demographic. But her personality and sense of humor are what truly set her apart from other gorgeous model-types, and I think those things may also make her relatable as a woman and relatable to women, as well as being eye-candy to men. We’ll have to wait and see if those qualities serve her well in gaining an audience for the VH1 talk show.