MTV Invites Viewers Into Ozzy's Home
Ozzy Osbourne and his family will be the focus of a new MTV reality series, "The Osbournes," set to debut March 5. The weekly show will follow the family -- including his wife/manager, Sharon, and teeOzzy Osbourne and his family will be the focus of a new MTV reality series, "The Osbournes," set to debut March 5. The weekly show will follow the family -- including his wife/manager, Sharon, and teenage children Jack and Kelly -- for six months. The Osbournes gave MTV virtually unlimited access into their lives, as cameras followed them around wherever they went.
The network says that the initial run of "The Osbournes" will be six to eight episodes, and the series may expand to more episodes depending on how well the show does in the ratings. Among the situations that will be shown on the program are the family moving into a new house, Ozzy and Sharon's disappointment with Kelly's new tattoo, dealing with neighbors such as Pat Boone, and how the Osbournes cope with losing their family cat.
"No one could write the characters of Ozzy, Sharon, Jack, and Kelly; they're simply too real," says Louis Clark Curren, MTV senior VP of music development/executive in charge of production, in a statement. The Osbournes' third child, 18-year-old Aimee, declined to participate in the show because she reportedly does not want it to interfere with her nascent singing career.
An MTV spokesperson says future episodes of the show are currently being filmed. The debut of "The Osbournes" will be at 10:30 p.m. ET/PT, right after "The Real World," MTV's breakthrough reality series.
In other Osbourne news, the artist will record a live album Feb. 15 at Tokyo's famed Budokan Hall during a short tour of the region. Three unreleased studio tracks are rumored for inclusion on the set, which should surface sometime this year via Epic.
While in the Far East, Osbourne will perform for U.S. military personnel at an undisclosed location, according to his spokesperson. The seventh edition of the Osbourne-headlined Ozzfest summer tour is also in the works, with additional acts to be announced.
Here are Ozzy Osbourne's tour dates:
Feb. 8-9: Osaka, Japan (Zepp)
Feb. 11: Nagoya, Japan (venue TBA)
Feb. 13: Fukuoka, Japan (Zepp)
Feb. 15: Tokyo (Budokan Hall)
Feb. 18: Yokahama, Japan (venue TBA)
Feb. 21: Seoul, South Korea (venue TBA)
Feb. 24: Anchorage, Alaska (Sullivan Sports Arena)
Feb. 25: Fairbanks, Alaska (Carlson Center)
Feb. 26: Los Angeles (Sports Arena)