Plenty of shows have been canceled after one episode—Secret Talents Of The Stars, anyone?—but the upcoming variety show Osbournes: Reloaded may be off the air even quicker than Rosie Live! Fox has announced that American Idol will run for an extra twenty minutes on March 31st, leaving only forty for Ozzy, Sharon, Jack and Kelly’s big premiere.
With Osbournes: Reloaded not even part of Fox’ schedule yet (it’s currently planned to air “later in the season”), the show could get pulled after only two thirds of an episode, setting a new precedent for failure. Yes, the show could wind up a massive hit, reviving the family variety show format for a new generation just as The Osbournes did for reality TV. But Fox chopping off a third of the premiere sure doesn’t sound like a vote of confidence. Keep your day job, Ozzy!