Tilda (USA 2011)
Director: Bill Condon
Writer: Bill Condon, Cynthia Mort
Cast: Diane Keaton, Ellen Page, Sanaa Lathan, Jason Patric, Scotty Crowe
The series centers on Tilda Watski, a powerful female online Hollywood journalist with a no-holds-barred style, and Caroyln Milk, a morally conflicted creative assistant caught between following the corporate culture of the studio she works for and following Tilda, who has taken a keen interest in her.
The HBO series was one of the most-discussed projects in 2010 because the lead character was said to have been inspired by Deadline founder and editor-in-chief Nikki Finke. Since Finke herself wanted nothing to do with Tilda from day one, the big question was whether she would sue the pay cable network for ripping off her persona. Despite already being on thin ice, HBO green-lit production of a pilot episode and was able to get Diane Keaton, Ellen Page, Sanaa Lathan as well as Jason Patric to star in it. However, the project seemed to be doomed from the start, as tensions with director/producer/co-writer Bill Condon on the set led to creator Cynthia Mort leaving the project early on. Although HBO tried to save the show by ordering additional scripts, adding new writers and bringing former »Six Feet Under« producer Alan Poul on board to retool the concept, Tilda couldn't be saved. At the same time, Deadline's Nellie Andreeva made it once again clear that the comedy pilot was conceived, written and developed without her bosses' knowledge or involvement, which might have been another reason for HBO to finally pull the plug in order to avoid any legal issues. In a two-sentence statement, released in February 2011, the network simply stated: "HBO has decided not to move forward with Tilda. Despite everyone's best efforts ultimately this was not the right show for us at this time."