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Posted: Sunday, June 3, 2012 8:45 am | Updated: 10:42 am, Tue Oct 16, 2012.

Here's Jenny McCarthy, the 2.0 version.

Ever since she hosted the MTV dating show "Singled Out" from 1995 to 1997, McCarthy built a fan base around her outrageousness, and it has suited her well. She went on to do "Scary Movie 3" and, on TV, "Two and a Half Men" and her own sitcom, "Jenny." But, she says, the audience has missed seeing her in that flying-by-the-seat-of-her-pants style on a dating show like "Singled Out."

"People have been coming up to me going, 'God, can't you just do that show again? It was so much fun.' And 'Bring that Jenny back,' " she recalled recently. "And I thought to myself: 'Well, there can't be a show as perfect as that where I can be all those elements.' "

Then NBC came along with an answer, which she refers to as the "Jenny 2.0" version.

"I did realize why they wanted to use me for the second season to just kind of add a little bit more pizzazz, some comedy and kind of bring out the drama that you know exists ... in these shows.

"So when I sat down with them, I said, 'Yes, I would love to do it as long as you let me bring that "Singled Out" Jenny back to TV.' "

On "Love in the Wild," now in its second season, contestants are sent to the Dominican Republic and put through physical challenges to see how their bond as a couple holds together. McCarthy is the new host as the new season begins (9 p.m. EDT Tuesday).

"When I read about these adventures, I thought there's no way they're going to be able to do these things, (but) they did," McCarthy says. "They really manned up, if you will, stuff that I wouldn't even do. And I was the only one that was hurt, if you can believe it, and I didn't do one adventure.

"I pulled my hamstring sleeping, and I was on crutches in between takes."

She adds: "In this show you are forced to see who the person really is as soon as you put them in the adventure. All the fake self kind of dissipates and you see who that person is. And so to me, it saves -- we're saving them -- years, so to speak. And so when I was going through the show, I'm, like, 'Oh, my God, I would so put myself in this in my 20s.' "

McCarthy, whose own love life has made headlines, says she's "interested" in someone right now.

Other highlights for the week of June 3-9 (listings subject to change; check local listings):

SUNDAY

-- "MTV Movie Awards" (9 p.m., MTV). Russell Brand is host of the 21st annual live ceremony known more for its outrageous backstage behavior than its actual awards. Top nominees: "The Hunger Games" and "Bridesmaids."

-- "Drop Dead Diva" (9 p.m., Lifetime). Kim Kardashian begins her multi-episode storyline as the fourth season begins for this quirky legal comedy-drama.

-- "Longmire" (10 p.m., A&E). Robert Taylor stars in this drama set in Wyoming as a sheriff trying to pull himself together a year after his wife's death and with a re-election facing him.

-- "Call of the Wildman" (10 p.m., Animal Planet). The show about a Kentucky man's job of ridding homes and businesses of muskrats, river otters, beavers and such returns for a new season of the icky and the unexpected.

MONDAY

-- "Hell's Kitchen" (8 p.m., Fox). Chef Gordon Ramsay returns for another season of demeaning unknown chefs who endure his insults for a chance to win money.

-- "Are You Normal, America?" (9 p.m., OWN). This game show has contestants guessing what the typical American would do (like opening someone else's emails or doing your household work naked) for a chance to win $100,000.

TUESDAY

-- "Total Drama: Revenge of the Island" (7:30 p.m., Cartoon Network). The animated "reality show" island is now a nuclear-waste dump: The perfect place for a reality competition with 13 new players.

-- "Rizzoli & Isles" (9 p.m., TNT). The detective and medical examiner (Angie Harmon and Sasha Alexander) are back for a third season.

-- "The Glee Project" (10 p.m., Oxygen). A new cast inhabits the second season, in which contestants compete for a spot on Fox's "Glee." Ryan Murphy, the executive producer of "Glee," is the ringmaster of the series.

WEDNESDAY

-- "My Big Redneck Vacation" (10:30 p.m., CMT). The Clampet family (it's the real name), now living in ritzy British surroundings, remains the focus in the second season of this reality series.

THURSDAY

-- "The Choice" (9 p.m., Fox). Dean Cain and a Jonas brother are among the celebrity bachelors looking for love in this cross between "The Voice" and "The Bachelor."

SATURDAY

-- "Jersey Shore Shark Attack" (9 p.m., Syfy). Big hair! Bad accents! Fins! Sharp teeth! Figure out which belong to the killer sharks and which to the victims in this horror film starring Joey Fatone and Vinny Guadagnino.

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