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HBO Takes on the Hollywood Blog Wars? Please Don’t!

Soon on the small screen: a multi-Heddaed hydra of the blogosphere. Just leave me out of it.

Late tonight comes the word that my friends over at HBO are doing something beneath contempt: mashing up a character based on Nikki Finke, Anne Thompson and me.

All I can ask is: Please. Don’t.

Maybe I’m reading the story wrong. But here’s what it says in the Hollywood Reporter: 

"The pay cable network is developing "Tilda," a half-hour comedy series with Oscar-winning writer-director Bill Condon and "Tell Me You Love Me" creator Cynthia Mort.

"The project centers on a powerful female online showbiz journalist with a no-holds-barred style."

Then it says this: "It comes at a time of booming Internet showbiz journalism as a number of veteran Hollywood print reporters, including Nikki Finke, Sharon Waxman and Anne Thompson, have migrated online." Just wait, tomorrow there’ll be a tetra-headed hydra-blogger in Gawker.

Seriously, guys, there’s nothing narratively interesting going on at WaxWord. Just sowing our little news garden over here. On the other hand, no one can deny the evil entertainment value of Nikki Finke (8,000 words in the New Yorker could barely cover it). That’s got to be tempting.

And a hint of Anne Thompson? Why the heck not? 

Just folks (and my friends at HBO, you know who you are): leave me out of it.