Magazine article Metro Magazine

The Ozz-Man Go-Eth?

Magazine article Metro Magazine

The Ozz-Man Go-Eth?

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Try as I might, I just can't get excited about The Osbournes any more. If recent reports about the show's dropping ratings are to be believed, a lot of people are in the same boat. So why aren't TV's most foul-mouthed family attracting as much interest as before? Certainly the rabid overexposure the family received after the success of the first season can be suggested as a factor (Kelly Osborne is currently neck-and-neck with Nicole Kidman for the 'Person We'd All Happily Live The Rest Of Our Lives Without Ever Seeing On Another Women's Magazine Cover' award). But maybe the show itself has had some part to play ...

No one can deny that the debut of The Osbournes was a big deal. Not only was it a tasty proposition for music fans, it also pulled off the astounding feat of being a reality TV show that appealed to people who hate reality TV, providing an antidote to the half-hearted hypocrisy otherwise synonymous with the genre, by establishing its subjects' faults up front. As mastermind of the show, Sharon Osbourne cannily realized that the bread and butter of reality TV is people acting like tossers; the viewer wants to point and laugh, and you don't need to engineer contrived 'scandals' to achieve that.

Apart from its honesty, the show had another major drawcard: a certain Mr John Osbourne ('Ozzy' to his mates, 'sir' to bats and the Alamo). Music folklore painted him as Satan's crazed, amoral PR man; the show gave us the real Ozzy. On the surface he was a stumbling, stammering goof, a tattooed Homer Simpson; however, a short amount of time spent with him revealed a lovable nature and glimmers of an intelligence that went a long way to make you understand the longevity of his career. …

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