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Kelly Osbourne on Osbournes Reloaded

Published March 25, 2009 in Television
By Fred Topel | Image property of respective holders
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When you think of variety shows, you may imagine old school titles like The Carol Burnett Show or that Brady Bunch spin-off that was spoofed on The Simpsons. Osbournes Reloaded is variety the Osbournes way.

Osbournes Reloaded

"See, that word frightens us," said Kelly Osbourne. "The way that we see that it's a variety show is that there's a variety of different things. With no disrespect to other variety shows from the past because they made the TV of today, it's just not what we do. We're not going to be Sunny-and-Cher-ing it."

With skits like Little Osbournes swearing up a storm and Ozzy trying to serve fast food, Reloaded gets pretty edgy. "I've turned around to my mum after we've finished filming stuff and said, 'Mum, are you sure they're going to let that on TV? I mean, is that not just too far?' So far, we've been lucky. I mean, every rehearsal we had people in the front row, like lawyers saying yes, no, yes, no. But it's been very interesting and fun pushing buttons, to be honest."

Whereas their first reality show centered on the sheltered world of the Osbourne family life, Reloaded puts the Osbournes on stage with a live audience. "It was important for us to have a show that was audience participation because, as Mom briefly said, you can turn on any TV show, and they even have a comedian doing the news on CNN. Everything is very pop culture, celebrity-based. It's important to us to have a show that when you are sitting at home, watching, you feel like you are involved in it. There's massive audience participation, and, to us, that's really important because there isn't really that out there right now."

The new show also presents a slightly new Osbournes, as other family members have reflected. "As I said before, we're all different people. We've all grown up. My mother's no longer suffering from cancer. Jack and I have both found our way. Especially for my father, he's really found his way and is a completely different person from when we did The Osbournes. We needed that time to take off, especially for Jack and I, to discover who we are and what we really want to do because we were so young when we started. Then, when they came to us with this idea, we just thought it's something new and different. Yes, it's a risk, but why not, because we always have fun when we work together."

Osbournes Reloaded premieres March 31 on FOX.

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