The Case Against Binge Viewing

May 27, 2015  •  Post A Comment

The creator of one of the most binge-viewed series ever is not a fan of binge viewing.

In an article in The Hollywood Reporter, “Orange Is the New Black” creator Jenji Kohan is quoted saying: “I miss having people on the same page. I do miss being able to go online and have the conversation the day after. But it’s kind of a waste of time to lament that because that’s not the way our show comes.”

And Kohan’s not alone in her sentiment.

“The comments by Kohan, whose prison dramedy debuts its third batch of episodes June 12, echo ‘Mad Men’ creator Matthew Weiner saying May 20 that if he created a series for Netflix, he would ask that it roll out episodes over time ‘so at least there was just some shared experience. I love the waiting [and] marination.'”

The report notes that NBC is ready to make a significant foray into binge viewing this week, with the May 28 online release of the full 13-episode first season of its David Duchovny drama series “Aquarius,” which will also roll out on a weekly basis on the linear channel.

“NBC entertainment chairman Bob Greenblatt proclaimed that the move — a first for a broadcast network — would ‘push some new boundaries’ and give audiences what they want,” THR reports. “But NBC may be serving up the binge just as Hollywood is beginning to ask: Have viewers had their fill?”

Please click on the link near the top of this story to read THR’s full report.

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  1. Prediction: One season for NBC to realize the chasm between concept and reality is wide and deep. Regular schedule time period ratingsb will suffer as viewers DVR all 13…not binge…and view whenever convenient.

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