Lisa Berger was the executive at the time and she brought in Gary Auerbach to help the Wheeler/Sussman group turn it into a more MTV game show. He was my good friend and we’d worked together with Howard Stern, believe it or not.
So when he was brought in as an executive producer along with the other two for the pilot, he brought me in as a writer. That’s how I got involved, and that was shortly after they had started the pilot process.
While both Hardwick and Mc Carthy have answered hundreds if not thousands of Singled Out questions, there’s still not much information out there about what actually went on behind the scenes of the show. Club about packages, spring break, and Singled Out’s dirty little secret. You’d have 50 single men and 50 single women and the first round was eliminating them by physical attributes.
How did the show recruit its 50 muscle-bound dudes and flare-clad gals? And why did the show always send its winners to Catalina Island? Initially hired as the show’s head writer, Cronin was promoted to showrunner for its second and third seasons and saw Singled Out through its glory days. You’d have a grid of, like, “over 6-foot-2,” “under 5-foot-9”—kind of direct and literal.
So they pitched that and MTV loved it, but they wanted it to be more MTV—maybe not so straightforward.
In entertainment, an awful lot of stuff happens behind closed doors, from canceling TV shows to organizing music festival lineups. Club talks to industry insiders about the actual business of entertainment in hopes of shedding some light on how the pop-culture sausage gets made.
While the public sees the end product on TVs, movie screens, paper, or radio dials, they don’t see what it took to get there. Anyone in their 30s remembers Singled Out, MTV’s innuendo-heavy dating show.
He was experienced and young and he was funny and we really liked him; he was perfect for it.
Then, as a head writer, I really helped contribute to what that show became.
We came up with this idea to make the board more fun than just straight-ahead statistics, then came up with those category names.