Jenny McCarthy is a woman of many trades as an actress, Playboy centerfold, author of eight books, autism activist and mother — and now she can add late night talk show host to her resume with premiere of The Jenny McCarthy Show on VH1 (Feb. 8, 10:30/9:30c). The outspoken television personality is a familiar face to TV audiences with her short-lived NBC sitcom Jenny, recurring roles on hits such as Two and a Half Man and hosting gigs on MTV's Singled Out and most recently, Dick Clark's New Years Rockin' Eve. We caught up with McCarthy, who gave us the scoop on her weekly Friday night show...
On Aug. 1, 1981, with the help of the Buggles and their song "Video Killed the Radio Star," MTV launched into orbit. That means that MTV is turning 30. That's nearly a generation older than those in its 12-to-18 target demographic. Break out the dentures and Depends!
Seriously though, MTV is far different now. Really, with the boost of Jersey Shore and the 16 and Pregnant and Teen Mom shows, it's a different animal from when the channel was 27. When people talk about its changing face, the "Play videos again!" critique is never far from the discourse; yet, it's hard to see how straightforward music-video programming would fit in to a YouTubed world. Plus, MTV already has a bunch of offshoot stations like MTV Jams to do just that.
That said, it would be nice for MTV to relive what it once did well as a general pop-culture authority.
Check out five suggestions of themes the network could revisit to cover its age spots...