VH1 is in talks with the Osbourne clan for a new batch of episodes about the family that kicked off the celebrity reality show craze in 2002 with MTV’s “The Osbournes.”
Sharon Osbourne confirmed during Tuesday’s episode of “The Talk,” the CBS daytime chat show that she co-hosts, that the family is looking to do a handful of episodes offering what she called a “catch up on our lives and where we are now.” She said the plan was to do six to eight episodes at most, not an ongoing series.
Sources said that the biggest hurdle to getting a deal done has been sorting out the scheduling and availability of the four family members that participated in the original series: Sharon, her rocker husband Ozzy, son Jack and daughter Kelly. The Osbournes’ eldest daughter, Aimee, opted not to participate in the MTV series.
Sharon Osbourne has commitments to the CBS daytime yakker. Kelly Osbourne is one of the co-hosts of the E! series “Fashion Police.” That show is undergoing changes that were inevitable following the death last month of its central figure, Joan Rivers. And Ozzy Osbourne is scheduled to hit the road next year with his final album and tour with Black Sabbath.
Sharon Osbourne said the idea to bring the cameras back into the family’s lair came from Ozzy. “It’s all my husband’s doing,” she said on “The Talk.” “He looked back on his life and said ‘I wish we could have done ‘The Osbournes’ now when I’m clean and sober.’ “
“The Osbournes” ran from 2002 to 2005 on MTV. The show was an overnight sensation that pulled MTV out of a long ratings slump. It also sparked a wave of celeb-oriented docu series.
As Sharon noted on “The Talk,” the Osbourne clan has expanded since the original series was filmed to include Jack’s wife, Lisa Stelly, and toddler daughter, Pearl.
VH1 declined comment.