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‘The Jenny McCarthy Show’

An overview of the VH1 talk show featuring actress Jenny McCarthy


Comedian, actress and Playboy model Jenny McCarthy

Jenny McCarthy will soon have her own talk show, produced by Oprah Winfrey.

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Title: The Jenny McCarthy Show

Host: Jenny McCarthy

Executive producers: Michael Davies, Shelly Tatro, Karla Hidalgo and Jeff Olde.

Production company: Embassy Row, VH1

Format: Half hour late night talk show

Broadcast Information: The Jenny McCarthy Show is broadcast at 10:30 p.m. EST Friday nights on VH1. Check your local listings for dates.

Premiere Date: February 8, 2013

Brief History:

At the time of this publication, we don't know too much about The Jenny McCarthy Show, a new half-hour late night pop-culture chat fest on cable channel VH1. We do know that the cable channel describes the program as celebrating as well as skewering "everyone and everything in pop culture, news, fashion, TV, movies and the web."

On some level, it seems like this show has been in development for years. In fact, About Talk Shows first reported on a possible Jenny McCarthy program back in May 2009.

At that time, the show was going to unfold as a daytime program, perhaps a mash-up of Rachael Ray and The View. It would focus on McCarthy's success as an author (including the books "Louder Than Words: A Mother's Journey in Healing Autism" and "Mother Warriors: A Nation of Parents Healing Autism Against All Odds") and the ups and downs of a mother with an autistic child. The show could have been produced by Oprah Winfrey and likely would have found life on the OWN: The Oprah Winfrey Network. But the show never came to be.

Cut to four years later and McCarthy is back with a brand new take on a talk show that sports her name. This time she's breaking out of her good mother persona and falling back on the persona that made her famous - the self-deprecating, little bit nerdy, totally goofy girl next door that will get you in trouble.

She sports that attitude in a promo for the new show, which finds McCarthy speeding along in a limo to a various venues in which she finds herself in embarrassing situations. She squirts mustard in a provocative way only to find it covering the face of a middle-aged bald man. She struts on the red carpet only to find her dress undone, leaving her exposed.

It's the manic personality that made her an MTV sweetheart. So it's apropos that McCarthy return to that for her stint on MTV's "older sister" station, VH1.

It's also a bit reminiscent of late night's most popular female talk show host, Chelsea Handler. Handler has created a similar persona and exploits that on her talk show. McCarthy, who helped perfect the act on shows like her short-lived sit-com, Jenny.

Also reminiscent of Chelsea Lately is Handler's use of a guest panelists to discuss hot topics and cultural trends and more intimate celebrity interviews.

So what's different? Definitely the attitude. The show is described as giving viewers an all-access pass to McCarthy's penthouse apartment every Friday night for a loud and rambunctious party. Rather than a house band, she'll have a house deejay, and she'll keep company with close friends, celebrity guests - even the production crew and the party's bartender.

"Nothing is off limits at Jenny's party," reads a statement. "That means whether it's at the bar, the bedroom, or in the bathtub, everyone's in on the action."

McCarthy is no stranger to the talk show circuit, either. She has appeared on Handler's show as a guest panelist, and has appeared numerous times on several talk shows, including The Oprah Winfrey Show, Conan, Rachael Ray, Live with Regis & Kelly and many more.

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