April 18, 2012 10:23am PT by Lesley Goldberg
Jenny McCarthy Bringing 'Singled Out' Vibe to NBC's 'Love in the Wild'
Former Singled Out host Jenny McCarthy is bringing the vibe of her old MTV series to NBC's Love in the Wild.
McCarthy told reporters Wednesday at NBC's Summer Press Day in Pasadena that she was drawn to host the network's adventure dating series because it allowed her to "bring back" the "old Jenny" from the '90s dating series.
"I said yes as long as we could bring Singled Out Jenny back to TV," she told reporters, noting that she'll bring her comedy and "more pizzazz" to the second season of Love in the Wild by doing such things as "messing" with contestants.
"She comes with a comedic background, she's about to host her own talk show and when you have people with those kinds of skills, you let them find the comedy," Endemol North America chairman David Goldberg said.
As for the format changes, McCarthy noted the contestants will have different accommodations in the Dominican Republic locale based on where they finish with each challenge, ranging from top tier lodging to tents where they'll be tasked with dealing the mosquitoes and the like.
McCarthy also revealed that while she would have been a contestant on the show two months ago, she's now "interested in someone" and wouldn't compete in the dating series.
Meanwhile producers revealed that both the Season 1 winners and runners-up are still together. "So far, we have a pretty good track record for one season," EP Tom Shelly said.
Love in the Wild will return for Season 2 with a two-hour premiere from 8-10 p.m. Thursday, June 7, moving to its regular 9 p.m. slot beginning the following week.