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Comedy Central Orders Secret Girlfriend Pilot; Freemantle Media’s first-person web show features hot girls talking to the camera; pilot will run just 11 minutes. (Broadcasting & Cable)

CenturyTel to Buy Sprint Spin-off Embarq; deal worth $11.6 billion, combined company would have 400,000 video subscribers. (DSLReports)

TV Prices Set to Drop; amid economic downturn, DisplaySearch predicts prices for 50-inch plasmas will be $899 – $999, 40-inch 1080p LCDs to be $799 – $999. (Bits Blog)

Verizon the 7th Largest U.S. Cable Provider; company says it added 233,000 new FiOS TV subs this past quarter, for a total of 1.6 million subscribers. (Silicon Alley Insider)

LIN TV Testing Interactive TV; select users can use Backchannelmedia’s service to “bookmark” content from the television and forward it to a personal web site. (MediaWeek)

CTV Extends Mobile Content Agreement with Bell Canada; CTV to offer content from shows like The Hills, Chappelle’s Show and The Sarah Silverman Program. (The Hollywood Reporter)

(i)Justine Stars in New Web Show; web star hosting PluggedIn 5, a music video show. (Plugged In)