‘The Osbournes’ Planned Reboot Canceled by VH1
Not everything old is new again: VH1’s planned reboot of The Osbournes has been canceled. This, after countless series from the past have announced returns in recent months, including The X Files revival on FOX, the upcoming Full House sequel series from Netflix, NBC’s limited series Heroes Reborn, and the network’s planned reboot of Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous with Nick Cannon.
Sharon Osbourne had initially told sources that 6-8 episodes had been commissioned by VH1, but it’s looking like the plan has now bottomed out.
“We are no longer talking to the Osbournes about a series; that’s not going to happen,” said Susan Levinson, VH1’s executive vice president of original programming and production, in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter. “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.”
The original series ran for four seasons from 2002-2005, as the chaos surrounding Ozzy, Sharon, Kelly, and Jack Osbourned inspired a slew of imitators we’re still putting up with today (Keeping Up With the Kardashians, Chrisley Knows Best, etc.).
Honestly, this is probably for the best, although there actually might have been some interesting stories to follow, between Kelly Osbourne quitting Fashion Police and Jack Osbourne expecting another child with his wife. Still, I really don’t think the world needs another reality show about a showbiz family, even if that family isn’t dysfunctional anymore.