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Fox stations vs. ‘The Osbournes: Reloaded’
Is the new variety show starring Ozzy and his family inappropriate for primetime audiences?
 

The new Ozzy Osbourne family variety show, The Osbournes: Reloaded, clearly “paints the legendary Black Sabbath singer as a clown,” said Daniel Kreps in Rolling Stone, but who would have guessed the show would spark "a fight about constitutional rights down in Florida”? (watch a preview) Fox affiliate WPGX Fox 28 in Panama City declined to air Tuesday's debut episode, deeming it “unsuitable.” Pretty ironic coming from “the self-proclaimed ‘Spring Break Capital of the World.’”

A Fox affiliate also played “nanny” in Milwaukee, said Mollie Boutell-Butler in Decider Milwaukee, bumping The Osbournes: Reloaded to 1 a.m. and replacing it in its original slot with a special called Dealing With Drugs. The irony is that a show featuring the addled one-time wild man Ozzy Osbourne is the strongest “anti-drug public service announcement" a TV network could produce.

Everyone should just ignore the Osbournes, said Chris Nashawaty in Entertainment Weekly. Ozzy and his family “seem hellbent on clinging with white knuckles" to "every last second of their 15 minutes of inexplicable fame.” Enough—we don't need to “see them having pie fights, lumbering through skits, and soft-shoeing a song-and-dance medley.”

 

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