MTV has confirmed that its hit reality show "The Osbournes" will return for a second season of 20 new episodes in the fall. The first 10 episodes of series, which offered an unvarnished look into the

MTV has confirmed that its hit reality show "The Osbournes" will return for a second season of 20 new episodes in the fall. The first 10 episodes of series, which offered an unvarnished look into the lives of heavy metal icon Ozzy Osbourne and his family, scored some of the highest of ratings in MTV history in recent weeks.

MTV is also planning several "Osbournes"-related specials to tide fans over this summer, including an Ozzfest-themed show, "a very special dinner" with the family, and a special devoted to Ozzy and his wife Sharon. A soundtrack to the show, "The Osbournes Family Album," is due June 4 from Epic.

"We are truly overwhelmed by the incredible response to the show," Sharon said in a statement. "We never expected that by inviting MTV and the world into our home, we'd get such a positive reaction from fans young and old." Says MTV/MTV2 president Van Toffler, "we desperately love the show, we love the Osbournes, including all of their pets, and hope to bring the entire universe into their twisted unpredictable lives for many years to come."

Sharon will also be pulling double duty for MTV sister network VH1, hosting a June 9 broadcast of Queen Elizabeth II's Golden Jubilee concert June 3 at Buckingham Palace. As previously reported, Ozzy Osbourne is on the bill, along with Paul McCartney, Aretha Franklin, and Eric Clapton, among many others.

Ozzy is currently on the road in Europe with Ozzfest and will play Katowice, Poland, tonight (May 29). The North American leg of the tour kicks off July 6 in Bristow, Va.

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