'Osbournes' clan moving in at Fox

Unscripted specials to bow with 'Idol' lead-in

"American Idol" fans, get ready for makeout sessions with grandma.

Fox has set a premiere date for its Osbourne family show, giving the project a lead-in from "Idol."

"Osbournes: Reloaded" will debut March 31. The show will take the spot of "Fringe" for a one-time airing, then run as a series of one-hour specials later in the season.

The move suggests the network might want to gauge reaction to the program before committing a regular spot, or simply that Fox wants the show to benefit one time from heavy "Idol" sampling.

"Osbournes" originally was billed as a variety show, though Fox considers it more of an unscripted comedy. It will feature audience interaction like betting somebody to kiss a stranger and off-stage segments like Osbourne family members working a drive-thru. (partialdiff)
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