Bing-viewing (v.) The act of watching more than two episodes of a series in a row.
The British network, BBC (PBS for westerners), have many shows that fend off cancellation by constructing short seasons and short runs—a light at the end of the tunnel and the promise of a resolution. And American television could possibly do the same if they decided to follow in Netflix's footsteps and release full seasons of their shows. How that would work, given their dependence on ad sales, and how exactly they would disseminate an entire season would be difficult to suss out. But by using the metrics they'll gather from the shows debuting this year, Netflix will be able to determine where exactly each initially-interested viewer lost interest, what time of day they chose to watch, and which episodes they chose to re-watch. With this data they could not only determine the plot flow and content of the next season, but also do the same for future shows. And if they should ever decide to release such information to network TV channels, even privately, it could really give the networks the insight they, especially NBC, need to figure out what they're doing wrong. Maybe, at the very least, the networks will discover what fans of cult TV shows wish they would: a series should be given at least a full season before they're cancelled to let everyone get a chance to either accept it or reject it.
A political drama adapted from a 90s UK series, starring Kevin Spacey, Robin Wright, and Kate Mara. It follows a ruthless politician, passed over for Secretary of State, with his eye on the presidency. Netflix outbid AMC and HBO, and committed to two seasons (26 episodes).
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"Hemlock Grove" (April 19, 2013)
A horror thriller adapted from Brian McGreevy's novel and executive produced by Eli Roth (Hostel). It follows teenage boys (Terra Nova's Landon Liboiron and Bill Skarsgaard, Alexander's little bro), the former suspected of being a gypsy werewolf, who try to uncover the mystery behind a girl's brutal murder, so they can clear their names. It also stars Famke Janssen and Dougray Scott. The budget behind this 13-episode season is rumored to be $45 million.
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A Ricky Gervais British half-hour dramedy about oddball caretakers at an old person's home. It originally aired in the UK, but was picked up by Netflix after controversy over the claim that it mocks mentally disabled people made it undesirable to British networks.
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"Orange is the New Black" (2013)
A dramedy created by Jenji Kohan, former head writer of "Weeds," and adapted from Piper Kerman's memoir, which was subtitled "My Year in a Women's Prison," hence the title. It'll star Taylor Schilling (The Lucky One and "Mercy"), Jason Biggs, and Laura Prepon ("That 70s Show" and "Are You There, Chelsea?"), with recurring roles by Natasha Lyonne, Taryn Manning, and Pablo Schreiber (Happythankyoumoreplease).