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Monday, 18 February, 2002, 09:34 GMT
MTV goes home with Ozzy Osbourne
Ozzy Osbourne with wife Sharon
Ozzy Osbourne is managed by wife Sharon
The everyday life of rock wild man Ozzy Osbourne and his family is to be the latest subject for reality TV in a new MTV show.

The Osbournes will follow the real-life family sagas of the former Black Sabbath frontman - previously better known for stage antics like biting the head off a bat than for being a family man.


I know I'm dysfunctional by a long shot

Ozzy Osbourne
Osbourne, 53, his wife and manager Sharon and their children Kelly, 17, and Jack, 16, have all been filmed going about their daily lives in their Beverly Hills home.

Viewers will see Ozzy Osbourne giving his children advice on sex, drink and drugs, arguing with neighbours who keep him awake at night by playing folk music too loud and having to seek advice from his son on how to use a new digital TV.

The singer, originally from Birmingham, West Midlands, made his name in heavy metal band Black Sabbath and earned a reputation as one of the wildest rock stars.

Ozzy Osbourne
Osbourne released his most recent album in 2001
He has battled drink and drug addictions, been notorious for trashing cars and hotel rooms, bitten the head off a live dove in a meeting with record executives and spent time in jail after urinating on The Alamo.

He still releases solo albums and heads the popular annual Ozzfest rock festival.

The TV series will be a chance to show his version of family values, he has said.


There's no script, the situations are real, the family is normal... well, sort of

MTV trailer
"What is a functional family? I know I'm dysfunctional by a long shot, but what guidelines do we all have to go by? The Waltons?"

MTV is promoting the show, which starts in the United States on 5 March, by saying: "There's no script, the situations are real, the family is normal... well, sort of."

Viewers will also see scenes such as the family moving home, and packing boxes with one marked "linens" and another marked "dead things".

See also:

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