Osbournes: Reloaded Shoots Blanks in Florida

Local Fox affiliate in Panama City decides to pull the plug on rock family's reality show, calling it "contrary to the public interest"

By Breanne L. Heldman Mar 31, 2009 9:02 PMTags

At least one Florida town is unloading the Osbournes: Reloaded.

After watching a six-minute preview, the Fox affiliate in Panama City has decided the variety show featuring Ozzy Osbourne and family was inappropriate in its early time slot.

The pilot is set to air in the panhandle burg at 8:20 CT tonight, immediately following American Idol. The strange start time was planned by the network in hopes of maintaining the Idol viewers.

"I just felt it was not keeping with community standards," David Cavileer, general manager of the Fox affiliate, told the local News Herald. He also claimed the show was "unsuitable and contrary to the public interest" and "more of an MTV thing."

"Osbournes: Reloaded was thoroughly vetted by our Standards and Practices department to ensure it was appropriate for broadcast during the scheduled time period," network spokesman Todd Adair told E! News. "If any network affiliate feels the programming may be inappropriate for its individual market, however, it has the right to preempt the program."

Instead of airing the reality family showcase, whose sketches include a Hills parody costarring Lauren Conrad, Cavileer will be airing an episode of The Simpsons. This is reportedly the first time in his five years in the position that he has exercised this right.