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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]

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