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The Osbournes, Elvis Costello Plot New TV Shows

July 8, 2008 12:16 PM ET

A pair of rock legends are set to hit televisions this year with two very different shows. First, Ozzy Osbourne and his family will return to TV after six episodes of their still-untitled, hour-long variety-esque show were picked up by Fox, the proud broadcaster of shows like The Moment of Truth, Paradise Hotel and Herman's Head. Ozzy, Sharon, Jack and Kelly's previous show The Osbournes set MTV ratings records and even won an Emmy until its run ended in March 2005. The show will reportedly be a throwback to the variety show stylings of The Sonny & Cher Comedy Hour and the Osmonds' Donny and Marie, so expect silly matching outfits. The show will be produced by James Sunderland, who also produces America's Got Talent, which happens to feature Sharon Osbourne as one of its judges.

Elvis Costello has a talk show in the works for the Sundance Channel, and while it won't be as LOL-full as Ozzy's program, Spectacle: Elvis Costello With... does pack some marquee guests: Elton John, Tony Bennett, Lou Reed and former President Bill Clinton. So far only four of the planned thirteen hour-long episodes have been taped, but one early episode finds Costello performing with Elton John. The format of the show will find Costello having both conversations and collaborations with his guests, so we're crossing our fingers Clinton breaks out his saxophone for a jazzed-up version of "Watching the Detectives."

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