The Osbournes return to TV tonight with variety show

The Osbournes debuted on MTV just over seven years ago and forever altered the reality TV landscape by showing a celebrity family’s daily life. And just about four years ago, it was finally cancelled after four seasons, and after the family’s antics became a little too forced. Tonight, Ozzy, Sharon, Jack, and Kelly return to TV, but this time it’s on Fox in a variety show.

The Osbournes Reloaded will air immediately after American Idol, although initially, it was supposed to get a full hour. Fox, however, expanded Idol by 20 minutes, and then later by another five minutes–and that doesn’t count whatever time it may run over.

Now, The Osbournes Reloaded will air from 9:25 p.m. ET to 10. That’s either Fox’s way of pimping the series by ensuring people watch or showing that it doesn’t have much faith in the new show, which has five more episodes that don’t yet have air dates. Variety notes that it has another issue: Fox affiliates “WITI, Milwaukee, and WXIX, Cincinnati, have decided to pre-empt the premiere because of content concerns.”

The new series includes audience-participation, reality, and scripted segments. The reality out-of-studio segments include ones where they work various jobs (like Ozzy taking over the drive thru at a fast-food restaurant) and the family visiting other families named Osbourne in a segment called “Osbournes Meet the Osbournes.” The most amusing scripted segment looks to be the part when two kids act as Ozzy and Sharon, complete with a string of bleeps. There are highlights of both in this extended trailer:

Osbournes Reloaded [Fox]
‘Idol’ to bleed into Osbournes launch [Variety]

Surprisingly, man not eaten alive on Eaten Alive

Eaten Alive

Discovery Channel’s happy family holiday special Eaten Alive aired Sunday, rewarding viewers for their two full hours of viewing by ensuring that they spent quality time in the company of others instead of wasting that time doing something else that might not have been as satisfying, such as buying things that have labels which accurately reflect their contents.


Winter 2015 reality TV debut schedule

winter 2015 reality TV schedule

Mark your calendars with all these upcoming reality TV show debuts, including Celebrity Apprentice, The Bachelor, and another season of MasterChef Junior, all of which kick off in early January.

There are also 20+ shows debuting in December--including the one-off return of The Sing Off. No winter break for reality TV.

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