Ozzy and family get sketchy

In the early '70s, no one would have predicted that bat-biting Black Sabbath frontman Ozzy Osbourne would be in line to host a family-friendly variety show on television. But then again, no one pegged him for a reality television star, either.

Osbourne, whose career and popularity was revitalized and introduced to a whole new audience with MTV's The Osbournes, is heading back to television, and this time we may see the former heavy metal man do some singing and dancing.

Fox outbid other networks for The Osbournes: Loud and Dangerous (working title), a throwback to the old variety shows of yesteryear, reports TVWeek. The project will see Ozzy joined by the rest of his Osbournes costars, including wife Sharon (currently a judge on America's Got Talent) and kids Kelly (how'd that recording career go?) and Jack.

Like variety shows from the golden era of television, Loud and Dangerous will combine sketches, competitions, and, God willing, song and dance numbers. One source has compared it to the hugely popular Spanish-language variety show Sabado Gigante, except replace "Ay Caramba!" with incoherent nonsense.

Fox Alternative Entertainment president Mike Darnell has been looking to dabble in the variety genre for some time now, but has been waiting for the right hosts to really give it some punch.

"You could see them doing musical performances," Darnell said of the Osbourne family. "You could see them doing sketches and being very funny, maybe laughing their way through them. Even when they do things that seem nostalgic, it will come off as modern and edgy."

Fox has made a six-episode commitment to the show, and will likely launch it in the winter, with a possibility of partnering it with American Idol. Idol's FremantleMedia North America will produce.

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Jul 12, 2008
That show sounds SO corny, I think nobody is waiting for a concept like this..I'll skip that show.
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Jul 09, 2008
is it a snl style show or what coz thats the only way i see this working
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Jul 09, 2008
Didn't the era of the variety show fizzle out with Donnie and Marie? You can't revive a genre after Family Guy has made fun of it!
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Jul 08, 2008
Ozzy is the only one with talent, And I don't think he is right for variety. I'll skip it.
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Jul 08, 2008
Because there isn't enough sh!t on TV already.
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Jul 08, 2008
i think i will skip that one
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Jul 08, 2008
The world is over the Osbornes. Stop flogging the dead horse.
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Jul 08, 2008
Reality television star - I think not. Old has been is more like it.
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Jul 08, 2008
Not gonna watch it
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Jul 08, 2008
Milked. To. Death.
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Jul 08, 2008
this just seems like a bad idea, a really bad idea
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Jul 08, 2008
i mite watch it
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Jul 07, 2008
Ugh! More crap on tv not worth watching! Do people at the networks actually read the pitches or do they just bid on nameless projects at random? With my luck they will cancel Terminator for this drivel...
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Jul 07, 2008
Great, just what we need. Surprising on how sure of this show, partnering it with Idol. At least give a show worth being kept on the air that spot.
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Jul 07, 2008
I was a fan of the MTV show, but I don't know if this one would even be worth watching.
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