Jenny McCarthy is moving forward with her own show after recently turning down an Oprah Winfrey talk-show deal, the New York Post reports.
McCarthy taped a secret test show last week in Jerry Springer’s Connecticut studio, according to the story. The show was described as a bit like "Ellen" with the depth of "Oprah," with a cooking segment and a panel of friends including actress Mary McCormack from "In Plain Sight."
Former "Early Show" producer David Friedman served as producer. The test show will be shopped to TV stations later this year for a planned 2012 fall debut.
The pilot was taped in front of a live audience. Shows that normally tape in Springer’s studio, including programs hosted by Maury Povich and Steve Wilkos, are on summer break, the story notes.
NBCUniversal Domestic Television Distribution, which already distributes the shows hosted by Springer, Povich and Wilkos, will also handle the distribution chores for McCarthy’s program, the article says.