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Jordan Chariton

Jordan Chariton is Editor of TVNewser and Lost Remote. He joined Mediabistro in 2013 after four years working in cable news, at Fox News, Fox Business and MSNBC, and over a year as the digital producer at NYC's 92nd Street Y. When he's not reading or writing, Jordan is most likely taking in a movie, museum, restaurant, or binge Netflix watching. Follow him on Twitter @JordanChariton or email him at jordan@mediabistro.com.

Aaron Sorkin’s Take on the Rise of TV Binge-Watching

aaron-sorkin_rAaron Sorkin made headlines this week for asking “The Newsroom” fans to “start over” ahead of the final season; he also gave his take on whether Netflix-born “binge-watching” is changing the way traditional TV writers work.

“I love House of Cards just like everybody else, I binge-watch it just like everybody else, but House of Cards is obviously the anti-West Wing,” Sorkin said during a Tribeca Film Festival panel. “I am a binge-watcher myself. If House of Cards or any other show can get me not wanting to stop, good on them. I don’t think writers or show runners are changing their style at all.”

Sorkin’s take definitely applies to his work, as his HBO show depicting the TV news industry plays like a traditional TV show airing over the course of a full season, with a week between episodes. As a result, plot and character development develop at a slower pace, as opposed to a show like “House of Cards,” where, spoiler alert, a leading character can rise from a U.S. Congressman, to Vice President, to president all over the course of 26 episodes–or for dedicated viewers, over one enjoyable binge-watching weekend.

But with binge-released shows like “House of Cards,” and “Orange Is the New Black,” still only a couple years old, it’s a little early to see if writers for traditional TV shows are changing their style to meet the demand for quicker entertainment.

Another TV star also appeared at the film festival, stepping back into his legendary TV role.

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HBO Classics Coming to Amazon Prime

AmazonHBO-Logo2Amazon is continuing its streaming-TV push, partnering with HBO on a multi-year deal to exclusively bring classic HBO shows to Amazon prime subscribers, the two companies announced today.

Starting May 21, “The Sopranos,” “Six Feet Under,” “The Wire,” “Big Love,” “Eastbound & Down,” “Oz,” “Band of Brothers,” and “Deadwood” will become available on Amazon Prime instant video, at no additional cost to subscribers. Early seasons of current shows will also be available, including “Boardwalk Empire” and “True Blood.” Other hit shows, including “Girls,” “The Newsroom,” and “Veep” will become available in later years of the agreement.

These shows will still be available on HBO Go, but will be exclusive to Amazon, meaning Netflix and Apple TV users won’t be able to stream them on those platforms. The partnership marks the first time HBO has licensed its series to a web-only service.

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Exclusive: Telemundo Partners With E! Online, mun2, and Billboard for Latin Music Awards

latin music awardsTelemundo is partnering with E! Online, its sister network mun2, and Billboard Magazine to make the Billboard Latin Music Awards the most social awards show yet.

Lost Remote has learned that throughout this week, the Spanish-language network, in conjunction with the social media teams from E! and Billboard, will curate and air the top social interactions leading up to Thursday night’s awards show. Telemundo will leverage its partnerships with Spredfast (which recently merged with Mass Relevance), Nielsen SocialGuide Intelligence, and Telescope to create the social content.

It will feed over 20 hours of the best social media content taken from fans and celebrities to its shows “Un Nuevo Dia” and “Al Rojo Vivo’, also airing the content on its sister network mun2. The content airing will show rehearsals, behind-the-scenes moments, exclusive videos, and photos from Telemundo’s social media platforms, and of course, the awards show itself.

At the awards show, there will be a red-carpet Instagram wall, where celebrities answer incoming fan questions submitted through Instagram. There will also be a backstage Twitter mirror, allowing artists to dedicate a photo to fans.

E! Online will also be a companion platform on awards nights, offering their best and worst-dressed commentary, and more.

The 2014 Billboard Latin Music Awards air on Telemundo April 24 at 7pmET.

‘Veep’ Renewed for Fourth Season; Show Prompts Fans to Call Fake Campaign Number

HBO’s hit political comedy “Veep,” which has a knack for weaving social media references about Twitter and Instagram into the show, announced that it’s been renewed for a fourth season today.

And what did fans get when calling the number written in that tweet? Well, in trademark Vice President Selina Meyer (played by Julia Louis-Dreyfus) fashion, “voters” received an unintended earful.

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HBO and BuzzFeed Team Up for ‘Awkward Family Viewing’

HBO Awkward MomentsIf your a millennial or younger person who’s ever experienced the awkwardness of watching risque premium TV with your parents, HBO and Buzzfeed have got the videos for you.

“Awkward family viewing,” a seven-video series being distributed this week on HBO and BuzzFeed’s custom YouTube and Twitter pages, depicts uncomfortable millennials watching HBO shows like “Girls,” “Game of Thrones,” “Curb Your Enthusiasm,” “True Detective,” and “True Blood” with their out-of-touch parents.

“See hunny…you have the right to speak up, it’s your body,” a father tells his clearly uncomfortable daughter as she watches a sex scene from “Girls.

“You know, I never cheated on your mother,” a father tells his son while watching a scene from “True Detective.” The scene shows Woody Harrelson giving a gift to the woman he is cheating on his wife with. “Not that I never had opportunities.”

“Alright dad, please…” the uncomfortable son responds.

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Getting Social for the TVNewser Social TV Panel

304x200We’re putting on a big TV news and social media event in New York next week.

Social TV will be a big topic of the TVNewser Show next Tuesday. Your humble Lost Remote editor will moderate “The Rise of Social TV.”

Joining me will be a who’s who of TV news and social media: SVP for editorial & innovation at NBC News Julian March; Fox News/Fox Business’ chief digital officer Jeff Misenti; Bloomberg TV social media producer Katy Finneran; and founder and CEO of i.TV Brad Pelo.

Together, we’ll analyze TV news and entertainment outlets’ on-air social media integration; how social media is changing traditional reporters and anchors’ newsgathering; how digital and mobile platforms are changing the way networks produce content; whether second screen devices are helping or hurting traditional TV; and more.

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‘Scandal’ Finale Scores Big on Twitter

As we reported, the “Scandal” season finale created some great moments both on-air and between show stars and fans. The last episode also scored big Twitter ratings.

The finale ranked #2 on Nielsen Social’s daily top five list; 3.4 million people saw 697,000 tweets revolving around the third season finale yesterday.

These tweets were sent by 140,000 unique authors and generated 37 million impressions. The ratings measure activity from three hours before, during, and three hours after the show airs.

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A Truly ‘Scandal’-ous Finale Brings Show’s Stars and Social Fans Together

ScandalIf you haven’t watched the season three finale of ABC’s “Scandal,” spoilers ahead.

If you have, you saw a whirlwind of scandal, with President Fitzgerald Grant initially doomed to lose reelection, only to turn around and win; thanks to the American voters rallying around him after his teenage son died of a rare bacterial virus on Election Day–courtesy of Maya Pope–or so we thought.

In between all the reelection action and assasinations, the president learns his estranged wife had been raped by his own father, anti-hero “Huck” reunites with his long-lost family, the audience learns it was actually Olivia’s father, Rowan, who killed the president’s son, Harrison looks like he’s about to bite the dust, Olivia calls it quits on being the scandal master, and then flies off into the sunset with Jake.

And if this wasn’t enough action on your main screen, the show’s stars tweeted along on your second screen.

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‘Scandal’ Creator Shonda Rhimes Joins #ScandalTWR

Scandal 304We’ve reported on “Scandal’s” social promotion ahead of tonight’s season finale, and the hit show’s creator will also get social tonight on Twitter.

Shonda Rhimes will join “The Writers’ Room” host Jim Rash on Twitter at 7pmET for a chat on writing for television. Fans can tweet their questions to hashtag #ScandalTWR.

You can follow both at @ShondaRhimes and @RashIsTVUgly. “Scandal’s” season three finale airs tonight on ABC at 10pmET. We’ll have all the social highlights tomorrow.

’24′ Teasing Mini-Series, Reminding Fans of Show History Ahead of ‘Live Another Day’

Jack Bauer returns to TV-life in a little over two weeks when the hit show  “24” returns to Fox for a special “24: Live Another Day” mini-series. Ahead of its return from a four-year absence, the show is posting interviews with stars and producers via social.

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The “24″ Twitter account is also reminding fans of the show’s history.

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