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JUNE 10, 2015, 11:48 PM LAST UPDATED: THURSDAY, JUNE 11, 2015, 12:22 AM
BY VIRGINIA ROHAN
STAFF WRITER |
Bingeing can be bad for your heart, may be a sign of depression, and could leave you with blurred memories of the whole experience. That’s what some experts have been saying recently, and they’re not talking about food or drink — they’re talking about the gluttonous consumption of a television series.
Has a binge-watching backlash begun?
Lately a few big-name television producers, including Jenji Kohan — whose heavily-binged-on Netflix series “Orange is the New Black” unveils its entire 13-episode third season on Friday — have expressed misgivings about the approach that allows for this viewing trend: the launching of all the episodes of a series’ season at once rather than in the traditional “linear” fashion, week by week.
“I miss having people on the same page. I do miss being able to go online and have the conversation the day after,” Kohan said in a recent interview with The Hollywood Reporter.
“Mad Men” creator Matthew Weiner expressed a similar view during a teleconference before his series’ finale, saying that if he ever created a series for Netflix, he would ask that the streaming service roll out episodes over time “so at least there was just some shared experience.”
According to Oxford Dictionaries, the term “binge-watching” — watching multiple episodes of a TV series in a short span of time — broke into the mainstream about two years ago. (“Binge-watch” was a contender for Oxford’s Word of the Year in 2013, but lost to “selfie.”)
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