The Osbournes won’t be coming back after all.
“We are no longer talking to the Osbournes about a series; that’s not going to happen,” Susan Levison, exec vp original programming and production at VH1, told THR. “We wish we could have worked it out, but it just didn’t come together for us. The family has been absolutely lovely and we wish them the best. We’d love to figure out a way to work with them at some point in the future.”
The decision to scrap the planned revival of The Osbournes — which ran for four seasons on MTV — comes after Sharon Osbourne had been public about bringing the series back with a six- or eight-episode run.
VH1’s plan to revive the series came 10 years after the show signed off at its sibling network, where its freshman run was MTV’s most-viewed series at that point. The family also was at the center of a Fox variety show, The Osbournes Reloaded, which was canceled after one low-rated episode.
VH1’s planned revival also had its behind-the-scenes issues. In a lawsuit filed April 3 in California federal court, JOKS — the production company behind the MTV series and of which Jack Osbourne is a member — sued Schweet Entertainment. The company claims Schweet, which Osbourne owns with producing partners Rob Worsoff and Brian Wendel, has a 55 percent interest in any upcoming episodes of The Osbournes.
VH1’s move to forgo the planned revival also leaves Kelly Osbourne without a gig after she left her role as a panelist on E!’s Fashion Police.
The Osbournes marked the latest reality series to be rebooted as networks look to library titles in their continuing struggle to find a new unscripted format. Fox revived Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader; BET is bringing back Punk’d; NBC was eying a reboot of Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous with new host Nick Cannon; and ABC brought back BattleBots, among others
- This story was originally published by The Hollywood Reporter