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The Osbournes
Format Reality TV
Created by Jonathan Taylor
Directed by Donald Bull
CB Harding
Sarah Pillsbury
Todd Stevens
Starring Ozzy Osbourne
Sharon Osbourne
Kelly Osbourne
Jack Osbourne
Melinda Varga
Robert Marcato
Theme music composer Ozzy Osbourne
Randy Rhoads
Bob Daisley
Opening theme "Crazy Train"
performed by Lewis Lamedica aka Pat Boone Theme
Country of origin United States
No. of seasons 4
No. of episodes 52 (List of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s) R. Greg Johnston
Jeff Stilson
Sharon Osbourne
Lois Clark Curren
Producer(s) Ann Meek
Editor(s) Charles Kramer
Cinematography Zach Kovek
Running time 24 minutes
Production company(s) iCandy TV
Big Head Productions
JOKS Productions
MTV
Broadcast
Original channel MTV
Original run March 5, 2002 – March 21, 2005
External links
Official website

The Osbournes is an American reality television program featuring the domestic life of heavy metal singer Ozzy Osbourne and his family. The show is syndicated and broadcast by MTV in the U.S., by CTV in Canada, Channel 4 in the UK and MTV UK and Ireland in Ireland and the UK, RTÉ Two in Ireland, Network Ten, MTV Australia in Australia, MTV Latin America in Latin America, TV2 in New Zealand, MTV Germany in Germany, MTV Ukraine in Ukraine and MTV Brasil in Brazil. It premiered on March 5, 2002, and in its first season, was cited as the most-viewed series ever on MTV. The final episode of the final season aired March 21, 2005.

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Overview

In addition to metal musician Ozzy, the show features his wife and manager Sharon; his son Jack; his daughter, singer Kelly; and from the second season on, his semi-adopted "son" Rob. The Osbournes have another daughter, Aimee, who has refused to participate in the show, and publicly criticizes 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 [1]. The cover is often misattributed to Richard Cheese who also does covers in a jazz-swing style.

Concurrent with the success of the series, Kelly Osbourne launched a brief career as a singer and hosted a TV show called Project Catwalk, while Sharon Osbourne hosted the talk show, The Sharon Osbourne Show and later became a judge on the The X Factor from Series 1-4 and America's Got Talent from season 2 onwards. 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.[2]

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.[3]

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.[citation needed] The Canadian broadcasts on CTV and UK broadcasts on MTV and Channel 4 are uncensored. [4][citation needed] Some episodes were also aired uncensored to Australian audiences when shown on Network Ten.[5] 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.[6]

After filming

In 2009, the Osbournes reunited for the debut of their new variety show for the Fox network, Osbournes: Reloaded. 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. [7] However the show was canceled after airing its first episode[8]

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[9]

The show now airs in reruns on MTV2.

Home releases

Only seasons one, two and two 1/2 have been released on DVD.

A various artists compilation based on the show was released in June, 2002: The Osbourne Family Album.

Awards

Along with the highest ratings in MTV history, The Osbournes won a 2002 Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Reality Program.[10]

See also

References

  1. ^ http://www.ew.com/ew/article/0,,235237,00.html
  2. ^ Intro to the 54th Primetime Emmys
  3. ^ Fulton, Rick; Lyons, Beverley; Sutherland, Laura (4 May 2009). "Reality Is I Was Stoned". Scottish Daily Record (Glasgow, Scotland): pp. 14-15. 
  4. ^ Pacienza, Angela (19 September 2002). "The Osbournes premiere sans `bleeping' nets CTV 1.67 million viewers". The Canadian Press. Toronto, Canada. 
  5. ^ Melloy, Neil (22 June 2002). "Ozzy-speak defies bleeper". Courier Mail (Brisbane, Australia: News Limited): p. 18. 
  6. ^ [1]
  7. ^ "Kelly and Ozzy: Osbournes Reloaded". SuicideGirls.com. 26 March 2009. http://suicidegirls.com/interviews/Kelly+and+Ozzy%3A+Osbournes+Reloaded+/. Retrieved 2009-03-26. 
  8. ^ http://www.thewrap.com/ind-column/osbournes-over-and-out-fox_4939
  9. ^ Washington Post: "It's Possible That 'Osbournes: Reloaded' Has Gone Too Far -- Even for Fox", 4/1/2009.
  10. ^ "MTV Onair - Osbournes". MTV. http://www.mtv.com/onair/osbournes/hub_sharon2.jhtml. Retrieved 2010-02-08. 

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