New Osbournes Series Heads To Fox


July 7, 2008

MovieWeb is reporting that Fox has ordered six episodes of an untitled, hourlong variety show to be hosted by Ozzy Osbourne, Sharon Osbourne and their kids, Jack and Kelly, according to Variety.

Mike Darnell, Fox’s prexy of alternative programming, envisions the show as something of a throwback to the heyday of variety skeins such as CBS’ 1970s staple The Sonny and Cher Comedy Hour and ABC’s Donny and Marie.

The plan is to blend musical perfs by the Osbournes and others with comedy sketches as well as gameshow, audience participation and out-of-studio taped elements. One idea being kicked around is for a segment dubbed “The Osbournes Meet the Osbournes,” in which Ozzy and Co. spend time with another Osbourne clan, Darnell said.

Darnell hopes to launch the series, which will be shot in Los Angeles, with a Christmas special. The emphasis on music and performance would seem to make the show a natural companion for American Idol, but Darnell said any scheduling talk was premature.

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