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VH1 has revived the reality series starring Ozzy, Sharon, Jack and Kelly Osbourne, The Hollywood Reporter has learned. The Viacom-owned cable network is near a deal for a new batch of episodes of the former MTV reality series.
The news comes after Sharon Osbourne has been public about the show’s revival, noting that it will likely come back for six or eight episodes.
The news comes nearly 10 years after the Osbournes signed off at VH1 corporate sibling MTV following a four-season run. The show, which earned a 2002 Emmy for outstanding reality program, launched in March 2002, and its freshman run became the most viewed series ever on MTV up until that point. (A variety show, Osbournes Reloaded, failed to work on Fox in 2009 and was canceled after one low-rated episode.)
The family most recently teamed for animated series The F’n Osbournes via Canadian animation house Cuppa Coffee Studios.
The unscripted series, which at the time followed rocker Ozzy and his wife/manager and their children, helped to launch the careers of Sharon, Jack and Kelly, who are now all firmly ensconced in the entertainment industry.
For her part, the outspoken Sharon Osbourne has been co-hosting CBS’ The Talk since 2010 and served as a judge on the U.K. version of The X Factor. Her syndicated show ran for one season in the U.S. She most recently served as a judge on America’s Got Talent.
Kelly Osbourne, meanwhile, is a regular on E!’s Fashion Police and also took third on ABC’s Dancing With the Stars in 2009 in addition to working as a singer and actress.
The other Osbourne sibling, Jack, has been a regular on the reality TV circuit, with credits including National Geographic’s Alpha Dogs, ITV2’s Jack Osbourne: Adrenaline Junkie and BBC’s Saving Planet Earth.
For VH1, The Osbournes comes as the cable network has found success in the reality space with series including Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta, Basketball Wives and, to a lesser extent, with recent launches Candidly Nicole starring Nicole Richie, and LeAnn Rimes and Eddie Cibrian‘s LeAnn & Eddie.
The Osbournes marks the latest reality revival as the networks look to library titles in their continuing struggle to find a new unscripted format (see Fox’s Utopia). Fox recently revived Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader and NBC is going to pilot on a reboot of Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous with new host Nick Cannon.
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