After weeks of speculation, it's finally official: MTV: Music Television's
quirky series sensation, The Osbournes, will return
for a second season starting sometime next fall.
MTV announced Wednesday that it has ordered 20 more episodes of The Osbournes, the show tracking the real-life drama of heavy-metal legend Ozzy
Osbourne and his family that became the highest-rated series in the network's
Terms of the deal were not disclosed.
MTV will also air a number of Osbournes specials throughout the summer, including stops at Ozzfest, the heavy-metal music tour featuring the
former Black Sabbath front man, as well as a special with Ozzy and his wife,
Sharon, and a very special dinner with the family.
A company spokesman said details will be forthcoming shortly.
The second season will follow Ozzy, Sharon and two of their three children,
Jack and Kelly -- as well as their menagerie of pets, assistants, roadies,
security guards and neighbors -- where life takes them.
It has been reported that the second season would emanate from the family's
home in England.
During the 10-episode first season -- which followed the exploits and
everyday life of the bat-biter and his brood in their California residence and
Ozzy on the road -- The Osbournes pulled a 5.3 rating among MTV's core
12-through-34 demographic, translating into 5.6 million of those viewers on
average for installment premieres at 10:30 p.m. Tuesday nights.
On a household basis, The Osbournes -- which ran March 5 through May 7
-- averaged a 4.4 rating.
The series' high point came during the eighth episode April 23, when the show
scored a 6.0 household rating and some 7.8 million viewers, according to Nielsen
Media Research data.
All told, the show attracted 68 million viewers during its premieres and
repeats over its 10-week run.
'We couldn't be happier to have the entire Osbourne
family back for more episodes,' MTV and MTV2 president Van Toffler said in a
prepared statement. 'We desperately love the show, we love the Osbournes,
including all of their pets, and we hope to bring the entire universe into their
twisted, unpredictable lives for many years to come.'