Sunday, October 24, 2004

New role for Ozzy

Reuters News Agency

Before MTV turned his family into household names with the reality series “The Osbournes,” he helped invent heavy metal with his band Black Sabbath almost 40 years ago and went on to enjoy a huge solo career.

Now, Ozzy Osbourne is introducing a new series on the music cable channel to remind people that first and foremost he’s still a rock star.

“Battle for Ozzfest,” premiering tonight at 10:30, pits representatives of eight unsigned hard-rock bands from across the United States against each other in a series of challenges designed to give one band the chance to grab a coveted spot on Mr. Osbourne’s annual Ozzfest tour next year.

In one episode, the contestants must bite the head off a bat, just as the “Prince of Darkness” once did.

In a recent interview at his Beverly Hills, Calif., home, Mr. Osbourne, 55, said he thought the show’s concept was “(expletive) stupid” when his 52-year-old wife and manager Sharon presented it to him. But now he’s a huge fan, he says.

“It’s just to let people know that we’re not ‘The Osbournes’ and I’m still active in my work as I have been for the last 37 years,”Mr. Osbourne says.

“Sharon’s still very active in the managerial side. We’re not just sitting in the house.”

‘Swan’s ‘ sister act

The second installment of Fox’s growing reality franchise “The Swan” won’t premiere until tonight, but the network is already preparing to cast the show’s third season.

Open casting calls for the show will begin tomorrow in Honolulu, in New Orleans and at the Mall of America in Bloomington, Minn. Casting calls also are planned for Saturday in Chicago, New York, Los Angeles and Charlotte. N.C.

A late casting call for the show’s second season provided some insight into the newest round of the selection process. “The Swan” producers are looking for women “with a history or connection to each other, such as twins, sisters, mothers and daughters, couples, best friends, mothers and stepmothers or even rivals.”

As per usual, applicants (Entry forms are available on line at ) must have health and dental insurance, must not be recovering from a major surgery or illness and shouldn’t need to lose more than 40 pounds.

Applicants needing to lose more than 40 pounds should also hope and pray that NBC’s “The Biggest Loser” is successful enough to justify a second installment.


Associated Press

Even though Stacy Rotner was the seventh person eliminated on NBC’s “The Apprentice,” she hasn’t finished talking.

“I was really shocked to be fired,” Miss Rotner told Associated Press Friday.

Before the 26-year-old lawyer got the boot from Donald Trump on his reality show, the gender-divided teams encountered a dog-themed task and a “corporate restructuring.” Three women were sent to the Mosaic team while three men were moved to the Apex team.

Soon after, project manager Wes Moss realized something about Miss Rotner.

“Stacy can’t shut up,” Mr. Moss said during Thursday’s episode. “This is incredible. I thought I talked a lot. I’ve never known anybody like her.”

But Miss Rotner believed her chattiness wasn’t a hindrance to her team.

“I do talk a lot. I do argue. That’s part of who I am,” Miss Rotner told AP. “That’s part of what makes me a great lawyer. It’s not a bad trait.”

Mr. Moss didn’t think so. He brought Miss Rotner and Andy Litinsky — who lost his cell phone during the task — into the boardroom. Mr. Trump fired Miss Rotner, saying she “never took responsibility” and was “always complaining.”

“My strategy was to be me at all times,” Miss Rotner said.

“If that led me to victory or being fired, I didn’t care.”

Big comeback


Chris Noth is in talks to reprise his role as Det. Mike Logan in a series of “Law & Order” TV movies for NBC, Variety reports.

Mr. Noth’s last “L&O” film, 1998’s “Exiled,” was a huge hit for the network, drawing 28 million viewers.

Mr. Noth is best known to cable viewers for his role as Mr. Big, Carrie Bradshaw’s (Sarah Jessica Parker) longtime love, on HBO’s “Sex and the City.”

Compiled by Robyn-Denise Yourse from Web and wire reports.

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