Everyone knows about Black Sabbath and Ozzy Osbourne; the prince of darkness is arguably the most recognizable figures in metal today. The singer’s fame had reached such a point where even his wife (and handler) Sharon has become well known amongst people who like Black Sabbath and Ozzy’s solo stuff. His fame had even reached such critical mass that he and his family were all involved in their own reality show on MTV: The Osbournes.
The show was distinguished as being one of the first shows to take place in a celebrity’s actual home, and to follow their ‘daily lives’ and whatnot. Daily lives, meaning whatever the Osbourne family felt like playing up for that episode, wether it be Ozzy getting in shape and not drinking (Even though he admitted to drinking and getting stoned off camera), and other various trials that the family supposedly faced, the importance of which were inflated due to the nature of reality T.V. It’s also worth noting that the show became MTVs highest rated show of all time, despite the fact that it only existed for 3 years, between 2002 and 2005. Considering this, Viacom and VH1 were reportedly going to reboot the series on MTV! Although the luster of following celebrities around their homes has kind of worn off in recent year, it would be pretty exciting to see the show again, just for the nostalgia.
Well, now, it seems that reboot has fallen through the cracks, and has been scrapped in it’s entirety by VH1. The executive vice president of VH1, Susan Levison, issued this statement about the show:
"We are no longer talking to the Osbournes about a series; that's not going to happen,"
"We wish we could have worked it out, but it just didn't come together for us. The family has been absolutely lovely and we wish them the best. We'd love to figure out a way to work with them at some point in the future."
A classy way to break it off with the family, and to break the hearts of fans as well, but one has to wonder what exactly happened to make the reboot fall through like this? Well, it’s speculated that Ozzy’s son, Jack Osbourne, might be behind the whole thing. It was reported that Jack Osbourne has been involved a series of lawsuits against companies that he partially owns, one of which, was claimed to have been unjustly claiming revenues for the reality show. The complaint, filed by a production company named JOKS, stated:
“JOKS' idea to and interest in producing new episodes of 'The Osbournes' for television broadcast pre-dated Jack Osbourne's involvement in Schweet, and was conceived completely independently of Schweet,”
"Contrary to Defendants' contentions, JOKS never entered into any agreement, express or implied, related to the Defendants' involvement in the production of new episodes of 'The Osbournes' and never conveyed to Defendants any interest in 'The Osbournes' and/or the copyrights and trademarks associated therewith,”
And with that, it seems the series will be officially buried. Once lawsuits start getting thrown around, it’ll be a few years before anything gets fully settled, and by that time, interest in actually making the show will have diminished completely. Maybe there’s still hope that the show can eventually see the light of day again, but it does seem fairly unlikely.