Is the already much-copied ”The Osbournes” a copycat show itself? It is according to a suit filed yesterday by producer Gary Binkow, who claims he pitched the idea of ”a real-life docu-sitcom” about the metal clan to TV execs and to the Osbourne family three years ago. According to the Hollywood Reporter, Binkow filed suit in Los Angeles Superior Court on Thursday against Sharon and Ozzy Osbourne, seeking unspecified damages for breach of contract and fraud.
According to the Reporter, Binkow discussed his show idea with the Osbournes and Miramax TV back in 1999 and 2000. ”In developing the show, [the Osbournes] misappropriated plaintiff’s idea and concept without his knowledge and consent and without compensating [Binkow],” the filing says. Binkow, who’s producing the upcoming film ”Neverland,” starring Johnny Depp as ”Peter Pan” author James Barrie, also filed what he says is his original proposal for the show, which he says he registered with the Writers Guild of America in 2000. That document pitches a series that ”will showcase the trials and tribulations of real-life rock star Ozzy Osbourne” and says that ”the audience shouldn’t really know if the show is scripted or not.”
MTV, which airs the series but is not named as a defendant, did not comment on the suit. Sharon Osbourne’s spokeswoman, Lisa Vega, told the Reporter that Binkow was not the creator of ”The Osbournes.” No word on whether Sharon, who plans to let the show’s producers film her upcoming chemotherapy treatment for colon cancer, will also shoot the lawsuit if it comes to court.