The show "Osbournes Reloaded" will NOT air locally on WXIX-TV/DT 19 tonight after American Idol, due to objections from FOX19 and Raycom officials over the content.
According to Kiese's item:
Fox says the seven Raycom stations are the only ones pulling the plug on the Osbourne family, made famous by their MTV reality show (2002-05). From what I can tell, it's the first time a local station here has not run a network show since Ch 9 and ABC affiliates balked at airing Oscar-winner "Saving Private Ryan" in 2004 due to its coarse language, to prompt clarity on language issues from the FCC. In the 1990s, Ch 5 would refuse to air some "Jerry Springer" shows because of potentially offensive content. In the 1970s, CBS' "Cher" didn't air here because the Ch 9 manager thought her costumes were too revealing.
Kiese goes on to cite two officials at FOX19:
Says Rick Oliver, Fox 19 operations director about the bleeping Little Osbournes: "I just don't think it's right for kids to see that." Says his boss, GM Bill Lanesey: "Some people might find humor in that, but I don't. This one just doesn't feel right."
WXIX will air the 10:00 news immediately following Idol tonight, then at 10:30 will air a special report, called "Surviving Severe Weather" hosted by Chief Meteorologist Steve Horstmeyer. That special report will talk about severe thunderstorms and the tools used in predicting them.
You can be sure that Your Tri-State Media Watcher will be recording that program to watch late tonight.
By the way, if you live in Dayton's TV coverage area, you'll still see the Osbournes...it will be on WRGT-TV/DT 45.