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TWC's Showtime deal was targeted; Oliver joins "Daily Show" alumni

By Alan Pergament

Inquiring minds wanted to know: Just who is able to get Time Warner Cable's deal to get Showtime for $3 a month for 12 months under a recent promotion?

A spokesman for TWC cleared up some confusion with an email that explained who got a deal that I've called crazier than Claire Danes' character, Carrie Mathison, is on "Homeland" sometimes.

Here's what the spokesman wrote: "This offer was extended to current TV customers who maintain a valid/active email address and currently do not have Showtime. Customers can easily manage their email preferences by visting twc.com.myservices and clicking on the My Profile tab to be sure their email preferences are updated in order to take advantage of special promotions such as this one. This is a targeted email offer and therefore only available online."

When I asked what "targeted" meant, the spokesman replied it means "current TV customers (across the country) that do not have Showtime."

I hope that clears things up. One reader told me he couldn't get the deal because he didn't get the email. But a TWC customer service representative told me he gave the deal to anyone who called and asked about it.

Appparently, he shouldn't have. If I were a TWC subcriber who doesn't have Showtime, I'd follow the directions above from the TWC spokesman and see if it isn't too late to get the deal.

Showtime usually costs $12.95 a month. This offer enables subscribers to get it for $36 a year.

The email I received before I signed up called it a "limited time offer" and in the fine print said it ended on Dec. 31 of this year.

I'm glad to see that John Oliver got a deal for his own Sunday night HBO show in 2014 because of his splendid work on "The Daily Show" this summer when Jon Stewart took time off to make a movie. A lot of critics thought Oliver did a better job than Stewart. I wasn't one of them, though I was impressed with the Englishman's work. I was so impressed that I wish he could continue doing frequent appearances on "The Daily Show." 

Oliver joins an impressive "Daily Show" alumni (and alumnae) group of performers who have left that includes such recognizable names as Steve Carell, Stephen Colbert, Rob Corddry, Ed Helms, Rachael Harris, Mo Rocca and Olivia Munn ("Newsroom'). I'm sure I've missed some others who have left the show, too.

Am I the only who kept looking at the picture of Cobie Smulders of "How I Met Your Mother" that appeared in Tuesday's edition of this newspaper and thought, "that's Cobie Smulders"?  I wonder if her husband, Taran Killam of "Saturday Night Live," even recognized her. It isn't the first publicity shot that doesn't look anything like the actor or actress being photographed. 

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