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Charmed and Supernatural Are Among the Top Ten Shows We Foolishly Decide We Can Watch All At Once, If Only We Don’t Sleep

Ahhh, binge watching. I love it and I hate it. Thinking of that time I watched 16 episodes of Community in one day fills me with pride, just as remembering how I spent that whole day slouched on the sofa, smelly and covered in popcorn kernels and spilled salsa, makes me feel the tiniest bit bad about the direction my life has taken.

Even if we feel bad about binge watching, we’ve all done it. And a recent study by The NPD Group has determined which shows we’re binge-watching most frequently.

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Once Upon a Time‘s Wonderland Spinoff Gets a Red Queen, a White Rabbit, and a (Hopefully Temporary) Title

First things first: We can now start referring to Once Upon a Time‘s Alice in Wonderland-themed spinoff as Once Upon A Time In Wonderland. ABC… no. I know you want to make the connection between Once and the spinoff abundantly clear, but that title’s just bad. Please tell me you’ll change it if the show gets picked up.

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Doctor Who Hasn’t Had a Single Female Writer Since 2008, And It’s Making Me Angry

In advance of Doctor Who‘s return to our TVs this weekend, The Guardian has an excellent article on how the show hasn’t aired an episode written by a woman since 2008. That’s 60 episodes, not-a-one of which was written by a woman. Even before then, Who‘s only had one female writer, Helen Raynor, since the dawn of the New Who era. And the number of episodes in season seven written by a women is, you guessed it, zero.

Doctor Who, I’m disappointed in you.

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MTV Is Developing a Series Based on Scream!…??…!!!!…?

Man alive, if I was ever more gloriously confused by a headline than I was by this one, I can’t remember when it was. MTV, who has been delving into scripted territory with shows like Teen Wolf, has announced that it’s developing a series based on the Scream movies. The franchise was successful when it hit theaters in the late ’90s, then tried making a comeback last year with a new sequel (which was awesome, but no one saw it). So, here’s the question: Is this a good idea? Or the best idea? Or is it only the best idea if we pretend it’s 1997?

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Is Reality Television Encouraging Bad Behavior in Girls … Or Leadership? Or Bad Leadership?

A new report by the Girl Scout Research Initiative entitled Real To Me: Girls And Reality TV has revealed some very interesting details about how teenage (and adolescent) girls view the people on reality television. For example, what do young girls take away from the image of women being pitted against each other on a regular basis? That they need to compete with each other, and to them, this means that they “accept and expect a higher level of drama, aggression, and bullying in their own lives, and measure their worth primarily by their physical appearance.” What is not clarified in this report, however, is what exactly constitutes a reality show. Are we talking about competition shows like Project Runway that showcase talent … or Jersey Shore?

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ABC Has Two Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde TV Shows In Development

Not to be outdone by itself, apparently, ABC has picked up not one but two new TV show projects based on Robert Louis Stevenson’s The Strange Case Of Jekyll And Hyde. We urge you to take note that one network is making two versions of the same show, as if they are either the biggest Jekyll and Hyde fans that have ever existed, or they’re just way too nice to turn someone down. It’s probably safe to guess that only one of these projects will actually make it to the air, but hey! If one fails, then they’ve got a backup!

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Finally: An Article Concerned With What Men Really Want (No, Really)

Hollywood Reporter has an article about the challenges faced by TV executives in marketing to a particular demographic. No, not women! This is actually not another article talking about how hard it is to market towards a female audience! This is actually about men, specifically those in the 15-34 age demographic. And surprisingly enough, it’s not a matter of catering to the lowest common denominator because the most popular shows watched by men are hardly what you’d consider “filler.” And the reasons they like what they like are truly anthropological. This is insightful, interesting, and not your typical “What Men Want” article.

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For a Better World: The Netflix Relief Fund [Video]

It’s been plaguing our country for a couple of weeks now: the Netflix price increase. There’s no avoiding it, and no one can explain why it’s happened. But it’s been ruining the lives of so many middle-class white people that we can ignore it no longer. We thank you, Jason Alexander, for showing us the tragedy behind this … this … madness.

(Funny or Die via Neatorama)

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Things That Are Only Weird In Comics: DC to Advertise Flashboot on Television

DC Comicsmajor reboot doesn’t just include a whole bunch of new and ending titles, but also offering digital downloads of comics the day they are released in print. Obviously this is a huge opportunity for the company to increase availability to consumers beyond independently-owned comic book stores and attract a bigger, mainstream audience. And now, to better market their titles, they are going to try advertising DC Comics with a nationwide campaign of commercials. On the tee-vee. Oh, boy.

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