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#EverySimpsonsEver Takes Over Twitter

everysimpsonsIf you even glanced at the Internet this weekend, you may have noticed a lot of people watching The Simpsons.

Last Thursday, FXX kicked off a full marathon of all 25 seasons of The Simpsons, in order, nonstop. Some 45-year-old man somewhere has not slept in four nights.

The marathon drew in about 1 million viewers on Thursday and was ranked number one in primetime viewing among males 18-34, overall, according to Deadline.

But it wasn’t just a television binge; it was a social media Simpsons love fest. The network created the hashtag #EverySimpsonsEver and a Twitter account that tweets out the schedule in four-hour blocks, lest anyone miss an installment of ‘Treehouse of Horror.’

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‘Orange Is the New Black’ Cast Divided on Whether Students Should Study or Binge-Watch

Fresh off its season-two release, castmembers of  “Orange Is the New Black” gave their take on whether students should be studying for their exams, or binge-watching their show.

“I don’t want people to fail or not fulfill their potential scholastically because of our show,” lead character Taylor Schilling said in response to a viewer saying she binge-watched season two all weekend instead of studying.

“I do,” Jason Biggs, who plays Larry Bloom, said. “I really don’t care about peoples’ education, as long as they’re watching our show, or any show on Netflix obviously, but mostly our show.”

‘House of Cards’ Creator: Show ‘Benefited Greatly’ from Netflix Binge-Watching

House of Cards“House of Cards” was one of two original Netflix shows to win Peabody Awards Monday, and Lost Remote caught up with show creator Beau Willimon on the red carpet.

“They [Netflix] really took a visionary tact on all of this,” Willimon said. “They said, look if we put the choice in the viewers’ hands as to how they want to experience a television show, it maximizes their viewing experience. Anytime you do that, you have a better chance of people jumping on board, and getting invested. In our case, we benefited greatly from that choice.”

Willimon also talked about how, as a writer, the binge-watching model affects his writing.

“Yes, and no. At the end of the day, we can’t control how people will watch the show. Some people will binge, other people will spread it over the course of weeks or months. It just has to be a good story, either way. It has to be able to work in both extremes.”

He added that Netflix’s off-the-bat two-season commitment to “HOC” helped with the storytelling process.

“It allowed us to dive into the story in a much more sophisticated and expansive way than you might on a typical network because we knew we had at least 26 episodes at a bare minimum, and that means that you can layer the story in ways you can’t when you might have nine episodes upfront.”

If You’ve Got Time on Your Hands, a Complete Summer Binge-Watching Guide

Are you planning any staycations this summer, where you can lay out, relax and watch a lot of great TV?

If so, there’s now a complete binge-watching guide out there to inform you on how long it will take to get through some TV classics.

Nielsen TopTen has crunched the numbers on the total time you’ll need to allot yourself to watch some of TV’s most popular shows from start to finish.

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Research: The nation is addicted to binge viewing

Screen Shot 2014-05-01 at 7.39.15 AMA new research report from  Miner & Co. Studio, a research, marketing and brand consultancy was released that showed 7 of 10 U.S. TV viewers are addicted to binge viewing. This shift from niche activity to the norm that’s been happening over the last few years will continue to have a huge affect on the growth of Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime and other popular OTTs. Here are the details of the study. Read more