Fox holds Jenny McCarthy

Ex-MTV personality inks for fall comedy series

Jenny McCarthy has inked a series-holding deal with 20th Century Fox Television and Fox Broadcasting.

McCarthy, a former Playboy Playmate turned MTV personality, is expected to be cast in a fall 2000 ensemble comedy that will be developed by 20th Century Fox Television for the Fox web. There’s no word yet on any specific projects to which McCarthy may be added.

After shooting to stardom on the success of her stint as co-host of MTV’s mid-1990s gamer “Singled Out,” McCarthy inked a deal to star in her own self-titled laffer, a 1996-97 skein produced by Paramount Network Television in association with MTV Prods. NBC made a huge upfront multiepisode commitment to the series, which lasted less than a season.

McCarthy also toplined her own self-titled MTV variety skein.

Since the cancellation of her NBC sitcom, McCarthy has appeared in several pics, including “Things to Do in Denver When You’re Dead,” “BASEketball” and “The Stupids.” Her next feature, Miramax’s “Diamonds,” opens in limited release Dec. 10.

McCarthy’s deal was brokered by managers Erwin More, Brian Medavoy and Jill Littman, agent Andy Cohen of ICM and attorney Leigh Brecheen.