TORONTO — The air is about to turn blue in the rec rooms of Canuck TV viewers across the nation as CTV brings “The Osbournes” — uncut — onto the conventional TV schedule.
Unlike MTV in the U.S. and MTV Canada, CTV programmers have decided not to censor the colorful turns of phrase favored by legendary rocker Ozzy Osbourne and his family in the wildly successful reality-TV skein.
“Some viewers will be surprised by how the Osbournes talk to each other,” said Susanne Boyce, president of programming, “but coarse language is part of their world. It’s used as they really use it. The heart of ‘The Osbournes’ is that they’re not plastic. Their fights, their love for each other — and their language — is real.”
“The Osbournes” will air at 10 p.m. Tuesdays starting in September, an hour beyond the “watershed hour,” to shield younger ears. CTV will also air “strongly worded advisories” throughout each episode and in all of its advertising, just as it has done with “The Sopranos.”
CTV announced in June that it had sublicensed seasons one and two of “The Osbournes” from MTV Canada.