Have you missed the Osbournes? If yes, then break out the earmuffs because the family is making its television comeback.
Instead of just witnessing the dysfunction like we did on MTV's The Osbournes, Osbournes: Reloaded (premieres Tuesday, 9:20 pm/ET, Fox), the new show from the first family of rock (or, as Kelly puts it, "the first family of being f---ed up"), takes on a classic family-television format: the variety show.
It's fair to point out that the Osbournes are no Osmonds. But just don't point it out to matriarch Sharon Osbourne. One unlucky journalist recently experienced the proud mother and wife's wrath when she asked during a conference call if her family's history of drugs and alcohol could be considered controversial in doing a family-style show.
"That is the most ridiculous question, and I'm really angry. Do you know how many people in this country alone suffer from addiction?" said Osbourne. "And all my family are examples of being truthful about their condition and working through it and trying to better themselves as human beings... I've taken real offense because, you know why? We're real people, and probably half of the people that are watching our show, they have someone in their family who has a problem with alcohol and drugs."
The bigger risk might be the variety format itself - lately more miss than hit (see: Nick and Jessica, Rosie O'Donnell) - but Osbourne is optimistic. "There's nothing like the nucleus of a family working together," says Osbourne. "And variety is historically for the family. It's just that we feel that we've brought it up to 2010." As such, the show will feature audience pranks and stunts, in addition to more traditional sketches and musical performances.
Sure, watching a grandmother strip or Ozzy hosing down the audience with foam is swell and all, but we suspect the audience will be more entertained (or extremely offended) by the pre-taped sketches - including one that stars foulmouthed, 8-year-old Sharon and Ozzy impersonators. But Osbourne assures us the little doppelgÃ¤ngers aren't really swearing. "You've got to remember this is a lighthearted comedy show, and so we use children and then, in their scripts, it was no swearing at all. It was 'sticky' and 'frigging,' so they're not using the words."
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