Osbournes: Reloaded -- TV Review

That's it: Network programmers have officially run out of ideas. How else to explain "Osbournes: Reloaded," a half-hour from Fox that's part video game, part swearathon and part, um, "variety" show?

God love 'em, but Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne et al. were a vibrant television commodity on MTV from 2002-05 with their reality show "The Osbournes." Back then, watching "The Prince of Darkness" try to manage his family, neighbors and dogs while stealing a few minutes to watch the History Channel was alternately touching and hilarious.

But in the past four years, Sharon has morphed into a reality show host/judge, Ozzy's been on the road, and the kids have been in the tabloids. The "reloading" of the Osbournes comes about three years past their relevancy.

To be fair, they were entertaining once, so lightning could strike twice. Except the Osbournes (Sharon, Ozzy and children Kelly and Jack) aren't funny -- at least not intentionally so.

The family variety show comes with a built-in dork factor (the Mandrell sisters, Donny and Marie, the Brady Bunch) which creates a speed bump for any talent. But the f-ing foursome (yes, they still all swear like, well, like rock stars) might have overcome such an obstacle if their segments ���- onstage and pretaped ��� had shown an iota of wit or irony.

Instead, we get them tricking a young man into kissing someone his grandmother's age; Ozzy and Kelly wreaking havoc and tossing milkshakes as drive-in restaurant workers; and Sharon forcing a wedding on an (allegedly) unsuspecting guy in the audience, who's been told he's won "a life-changing moment."

Even with the occasional ad lib from Jack, it's all planned outrageousness, a concept that's pretentious on the surface and, after about five minutes, boring. After 30 minutes, one thing is clear: The writers -- and the Osbournes -- have only "reloaded" their chambers with blanks.

Airdate: 9:30-10:06 p.m. Tuesday, March 31 (Fox)
Production: Joks Prods., Fremantle Media North America
Cast: Jack Osbourne, Kelly Osbourne, Ozzy Osbourne, Sharon Osbourne
Executive producers: Jack Osbourne, Kelly Osbourne, Ozzy Osbourne, Sharon Osbourne, James Sunderland
Co-executive producer: James Breen, Emma Conway
Supervising producer: Simon Lythgoe
Producer: Jean Arthur, Elyse Foley, Andrew Maj, David Ruskey
Director: Russell Norman
Production designer: James Yarnell
Costume designer: Katja Cahill
Casting: Billy Kemp
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