The Osbournes (Courtesy Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia)
The Osbournes is an American reality television program featuring the domestic life of heavy metal singer Ozzy Osbourne and his family. The series premiered on MTV on March 5, 2002, and in its first season, was cited as the most-viewed series ever on MTV. The final episode of the series aired March 21, 2005.
In addition to metal musician Ozzy, the show features his wife and manager Sharon, his son Jack, his daughter Kelly, and, from the second season on, his adopted "son" Rob. The Osbournes have another daughter, Aimee, who refused to participate in the show, and publicly criticized her parents for their antics on the show. In most family photos shown on the show, she is either absent or blurred. The series also followed the family as they dealt with major events such as Sharon's battle with cancer, and the aftermath of an ATV accident that nearly killed Ozzy.
The theme song for the show is a cover of Ozzy's song "Crazy Train", done in a jazz-swing style by Lewis Lamedica.
Concurrent with the success of the series, Kelly Osbourne launched a brief career as a singer, while Sharon Osbourne hosted The Sharon Osbourne Show. The family also parodied their TV series during a cameo appearance in Austin Powers in Goldmember.
The series was parodied during the intro of the 54th Primetime Emmy Awards with talk show host Conan O'Brien staying with the Osbournes while in Los Angeles because of his hosting duties.
Ozzy confirmed in an interview on BBC Radio 2 in May 2009 that he was "stoned during the entire filming of The Osbournes" and can no longer watch the episodes for this reason.
Profanity was censored during MTV broadcasts of the series in the United States. In an interview Ozzy himself stated that while he was happy that the Canadian broadcasts were uncensored, he preferred the censored version because the cursing was more noticeable due to the bleeps. The Canadian broadcasts on CTV and UK broadcasts on MTV and Channel 4 are uncensored. Some episodes were also aired uncensored to Australian audiences when shown on Network Ten. It is broadcast uncensored on MTV Australia.
Later, from November 30 to December 1, 2007, items belonging to the Osbournes and featured in the show were auctioned off to the public. The two-day event listed memorabilia as well as furnishings of the home. Bidders could bid through the Auction Network.
Main article: Osbournes Reloaded
In 2009, the Osbournes reunited for the debut of their new variety show Osbournes Reloaded for the Fox network. Produced by Fremantle Media North America, the series debuted on March 31, 2009 at 9:25PM ET/PT, following American Idol. The show consists of sketches, stunts, celebrity cameos, music performances, and pretaped bits. However the show was canceled after airing its first episode.
On the show's debut, 26 Fox affiliates pre-empted or delayed the program, due to the show's sophisticated content, which the stations felt was more appropriate for older viewers.
DVD and album releases
Only seasons one and two (released in two sets as season two and two 1/2 or 2.5) have been released on DVD.
A various artists compilation based on the show was released in June, 2002: The Osbourne Family Album.
Along with the highest ratings in MTV history, The Osbournes won a 2002 Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Reality Program.
The series aired on CTV in Canada, Channel 4 in the UK and MTV UK and Ireland in Ireland and the UK, VH1 India in India, RTÉ Two in Ireland, Network Ten, MTV Australia in Australia, MTV Finland and Nelonen in Finland, MTV Latin America in Latin America, MTV Portugal in Portugal, TV2 in New Zealand, MTV Germany in Germany, MTV Ukraine in Ukraine, MTV Brasil in Brazil, MTV Italia in Italy and MTV Nederland in the Netherlands.