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Sharon Osbourne talks Osbournes: Reloaded

by Nick Zaino, posted Mar 28th 2009 1:02PM
Sharon OsbourneFor those who might think the new Osbournes: Reloaded variety show is a quick-fix, six-episode ratings boost, think again. Reloaded, which premieres Tuesday at 9PM on Fox, was two years in the making. According to Sharon Osbourne, who spoke with reporters via a conference call Thursday, the family was given a somewhat open-ended invitation to return to television, and they wanted to make sure they picked the right project.

They cycled through a few options, rejecting most of them, including one idea that will be a smaller part of the finished product. "It was going around the country just looking for other Osbournes, and I was like, I don't think so," Sharon told the group. "But we did keep that as a segment on the show."

"It took a long time to actually pin it down, what we were going to do, and get everyone together because Ozzy, we have to work around Ozzy's career," Sharon said. "So we had to wait 'til he'd finished his world tour and all of that. But it was very difficult. Depending on what day of the week, one of them would fire themselves and not turn up. I thought the kids were bad enough, but Ozzy was worse. Today he likes it, tomorrow, he hates it."

The one thing they kneOsbournes Reloadedw they didn't want to do was go back to the format of their previous show, The Osbournes, even if it was an Emmy-winning format. "It's not a reality show," Sharon said. "When we were offered the opportunity of doing a show together again, the first thing we all said was, we've been there, done that. We're not going back to doing a camera in our house. So we have to do something different. We're going to have to take it to another level if we're going to come back and work together again."

Ozzy, Sharon, Jack, and Kelly will be the center of the show, essentially giving it four hosts. The action will include comedic and musical guests, pranks, competitions, field pieces where the family goes undercover in odd jobs, and sketches - just about anything the family thought was worth seeing. There will be a pair of eight-year-olds who ape Ozzy and Sharon in public (including the profanity), and goofy stage antics inspired by one of Sharon's favorite TV shows.

"For me, I used to love Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In," she said "To me, that was just ahead of its time when it was first on TV. So that was my take on it. The kids and Ozzy had never really seen variety shows."

And if you think hidden camera pranks are generally mean-spirited, Reloaded offers something a bit more gentle, according to Sharon. She mentions a surprise concert with Fall Out Boy at the home of one of the band's biggest fans.

"The wonderful world of the electronic age, it's very easy to get people on Facebook and do pranks on them," said Sharon. "And you know, you send them a ticket to come to the show, and then they're there, and they have no idea what's going to happen to them. So yeah, we do a lot of pranks on the audience. It's great fun to see people being surprised. We don't do things to hurt people. It's all in good fun." Sharon Osbourne

The family took their lumps over four years of The Osbournes, the MTV reality show for which they let cameras film their daily lives. Even so, Sharon says they jumped at the chance to get back on the small screen. "It's very appealing when a production company comes to you and says, 'Okay, we're going to give you six hours on national TV, what would you like to do?'" said Sharon. "It's a huge opportunity, and when you work in TV, it's like, it's a gift. So why not?"

They weren't necessarily looking to get back on television, but apparently, television wanted them back. "It's not like we were hanging around waiting for the phone to ring," she said. "Somebody came to us and said we'd like to put several million behind you and put you back on TV. You know, why not?"

When the show's six-episode run is over, everyone will go back to their day jobs. "Jack leaves next week to continue his Adrenaline Junkie," said Sharon. "He's starting off in New Zealand, filming. He works on that four months a year. Kelly goes back to England to continue her radio show with the BBC. Ozzy's in the studio, and I'm back on America's Got Talent. So we're all back doing our own thing."

But Sharon indicated they enjoyed making the show, and might be open to doing it again. "When we ended the last show it was like, this is easy," she said. "Can we continue this now? And of course, you get into a rhythm, so it was very easy. And just as you get into your rhythm, and things are quicker and easier to produce, it's over."

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Melissa

This show should have been so more popular and it is very dissapointing that it wasn't. I was really looking forward to watching this and I don't think that Fox gave it a fair enough trial.
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