British comedian Harry Enfield has dismissed claims that his new sitcom is based on “The Osbournes,” MTV’s hit reality show starring veteran rocker Ozzy Osbourne and family.
Enfield’s six-part series, “Celeb,” is skedded to air on pubcaster’s flagship channel BBC1 next month, but Osbourne’s lawyers have threatened legal action.
Enfield maintains that his show is derived from a cartoon strip that runs in British satirical magazine Private Eye and that he has never seen “The Osbournes.”
Enfield’s character, Gary Bloke, is a faded rock star living in fictional “Rockmansionshire” with a young trophy wife and two teenage kids.
The show’s producer, U.K. indie Tiger Aspect, insists the claims against “Celeb” are unfounded.