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News Briefs: Comcast Is Now Offering HBO Without Basic Cable

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THERE ARE PEOPLE WHO DON'T WANT BASIC CABLE?

Comcast has become the first TV provider to offer HBO to its customers without also requiring that they purchase a basic cable plan. The company is currently offering a trial period of the "Internet Plus" bundle, which includes internet service, broadcast TV, video-on-demand, HBO (and access to its online streaming service, HBO Go). Depending on the market in which you live, the bundle costs between $39.99 and $49.99 per month for 12 months, and is available until January 31 or July 31. Comcast is stressing that this is just a trial, and doesn't necessarily mean that it's moving to a full a la carte menu. [Variety]


BUSINESS TIME

... Someone isn't happy about that Charmed reboot we told you about earlier today. I'm not saying it's Rose McGowan, but it's Rose McGowan. [Twitter]

... MTV has renewed Catfish for Season 3. Apparently it was announced last week on the show's Facebook page, but no one likes the Catfish page, so no one really knew about it. Anyway, this is good news for everyone who's in an online relationship, because it means you still have a chance to be embarrassed on national television! [Variety]

... Lifetime has renewed Drop Dead Diva for Season 6. The order is for 13 more episodes that will air next year. The Season 5 finale, which will feature the return of a surprise visitor from Jane’s past, airs November 3. [EW]

... After an "exhausting investigation," ABC determined that the now-deleted popular Twitter handle @Scandal411 was not run by an ABC employee, but rather a former roommate of the employee. Yeah, sure, just like it was my "former roommate" who spent nine hours reading Supernatural fan fiction and binge eating Cheetos last Sunday. Yeah, my old roommate... [The Wrap]

... In more Twitter news, Kelly Oxford, a Twitter celebrity and an author, just sold a new single-camera comedy to Fox. Based on Oxford's own experiences, the untitled project centers on a 30-year-old single mother who runs the recreation department of a senior center. [Deadline]



CASTING NEWS

... Jane Seymour has signed on to guest-star as Danny's teacher in an upcoming episode of Back in the Game. And apparently she really takes a shining to James Caan's character, The Cannon, because she asks him out on a date. She's nicknamed The Eviscerator for her no-nonsense, strict, and authoritative attitude. Sounds like a match made in TV sitcom heaven to me (TV sitcom heaven is not actually where sitcoms go to die; that's NBC). [TV Guide]

... Kristoffer Polaha (Life Unexpected) has been tapped to guest-star on CSI. He'll play Darryl, a charming blue-collar mechanic, in the November 27 episode. But this is CSI, so he probably has darker intentions than he's letting on, like up-charging you for your latest oil change. [THR]

... Gilles Marini (Brothers & Sisters) has booked a recurring gig on 2 Broke Girls as a Nicolas, a French baker and the owner of the Manhattan School of Pastry, where Max is taking classes in an attempt to improve her baking skills. He'll first appear in the November 18 episode. [TV Line]

... Former Office star Craig Robinson is back from his rather expensive vacation to the Bahamas and will be visiting another workplace comedy. He'll guest-star as Doug Judy, a small-time criminal, in an upcoming episode of Brooklyn Nine-Nine. [EW]

... Riley Smith (90210) is set to star opposite Lauren Ambrose in Deliverance Creek, the new Lifetime pilot from Nicholas Sparks. He'll play Toby, the former beau of Ambrose's Belle who attempts to defend her family’s land after the Civil War. Apparently this arc also involves becoming an outlaw, and I don't even know what else to say about that. [Deadline]

... Once Upon a Time in Wonderland has cast Australian actress Peta Sergeant (The Selection) in a super-secret-but-really-important role. The character is recurring, said to be iconic, and is being described as "a force of nature." Who do you think it is?! Who do you want it to be? [THR]


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