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During the Time Warner Inc. Investor Meeting today, Richard Plepler, chairman and CEO, HBO, announced that the company will begin offering a stand-alone streaming subscription service in 2015, which will provide programming from the Pay TV network to non-cable/satellite subscribers for the first time. Currently cable/satellite subscribers of the network are able to stream the network's programming via the popular HBO GO service.

"It's the true-life story of young, single women screwing up, falling down, causing a scene, making a mess — and living to tell the tale." No, that is not the description of "Girls," the HBO comedy series created by and starring Lena Dunham. It is actually the basis of "Hot Mess," a web series where seven actresses reenactment real-life situations that at times leaves viewers questioning how one could have ever let something like that happen , but ultimately glad it never happened to them.

Last night marked the 66th annual Directors Guild of America Awards Dinner at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza in Los Angeles, but none of today's daytime drama directors received a nomination. Why? Because the "Daytime Serials" category was integrated into the "Dramatic Series" category following a June 22, 2013 DGA National Board meeting that voted on rule changes, which forces daytime and primetime dramas to compete against internet distributed dramas such as "House of Cards," which essentially leaves daytime itself shut out from ever receiving a nomination as the dynamics of daytime is no where near the likes of 2013 nominees "Breaking Bad" (AMC), "Game of Thrones" (HBO), "Homeland" (Showtime), or even the aforementioned "House of Cards" (Netflix). "Bad" won the award for those wondering.

HBO leads the Prime Emmy pack with 108 nominations, the most of any network this year. "Game of Thrones," which completed its third season earlier this year with record ratings, powers the network with 16 nominations. “Behind The Candelabra” received 15 nominations, “Phil Spector” received 11 nominations and “Boardwalk Empire” received 10 Nominations.

HBO has renewed its hit drama series "True Blood" for a seventh season, the network announced earlier this week. The new season premieres in summer 2014 with executive producer Brian Buckner returning as showrunner."'True Blood' remains a signature show for HBO, and a true phenomenon with our viewers," noted Michael Lombardo, president, HBO Programming. “Thanks to Brian Buckner and his talented team, the show continues to be a thrill ride like nothing else on TV."

Last week HBO released a sneak peek teaser trailer giving viewers a glimpse of what they can expect during season 2 of "The Newsroom," and now the premium cable network has released a full on trailer giving away noteworthy beats as the storylines progress.

The new season of "The Newsroom" kicks off on Sunday, July 14 at 10:00 PM ET/PT (right after "True Blood") and to get things started, HBO has released a brand new trailer giving fans a glimpse at what they can expect from the buzzworthy series.

According to ABC Soaps in Depth, "General Hospital" has cast actor Christian Monzon in the recurring role of Eddie Cabrera - the onscreen husband of Delores Padilla (portrayed by Rebeka Montoya). While the character had been discussed on numerous occasions for several months, it wasn't clear if he would ever be seen. A first airdate is set for the week of April 16.

On Wednesday, September 21, daytime newcomer Nathin Art Butler tweeted to his followers (@nathinbutler) "I was welcomed into the family of 'GH' today. 1st day on set felt like 1st day of high school. Feel so blessed." For those wondering what exactly he was talking about, on that day the actor revealed to the soap world that he had been hired to portray the contract role of Dr. Ewen Keenan, also known as "the mad Aussie therapist" on ABC's "General Hospital. Soap Opera Network has since learned when you can expect to first see the actor, musician and digital photographer on screen.

On Tuesday, May 17, the ABC Television Network presented its 2011-2012 primetime schedule in front of advertisers, affiliates and the press. Two months earlier I received intel on a new series called "Once Upon a Time" that the network had in development where fairy tales and the modern-day collide in the town of Storybooke.