Welcome to our newest feature TV BINGES!
TV Binging. So many of us do it. A new show suddenly becomes available on Netflix (or we finally bought the third season of The X-Files, the most difficult season to find), we start watching at 8pm and then suddenly, 4 hours later, we have to go to bed and accept that we’ll be exhausted for work tomorrow.
Who says that you need to do it late at night, though?
The concept is simple. Everyone likes to binge watch their favorite TV shows on Netflix, Hulu, or DVR/On Demand, right?
Anyone who follows me on Twitter (@BlaireLovesTV) knows that I’m obsessed with live-tweeting. I’m a fangirl at heart, so to me there’s nothing more satisfying than sharing that fandom and being able to geek out in the moment with others within the same community.
So, I’ve found that the worst part of TV Binging is mostly that it eliminates the social aspect of watching television. I can’t very well live-tweet House of Cards or Hemlock Grove because those shows aren’t airing, they’re just on Netflix. Furthermore, most of my favorite shows have been long off the air. I was never able to socially watch these series because they simply weren’t a part of the social media era.
Once a month we will gather on Twitter and live-tweet a Netflix-friendly show en masse. We will be launching this feature with #AngelBinge on June 9th, 2013. Please see below for details!
(If you’re wondering what Angel is, please see this Wikipedia entry.)
HOW IT WORKS: GENERAL USAGE
Live-tweeting is super simple.
Once you have your twitter account set up, just add a hashtag related to the TV show that you’re watching every time that you send out a tweet. For example, if I’m watching the show Hannibal, I simply add #Hannibal to the end of every tweet that I send out. That way, everyone else who is watching Hannibal can see my tweet and have the opportunity to respond to it!
HOW IT WORKS: #ANGELBINGE
Hashtag #AngelBinge will be our live-tweeting event spectacular!
Check in with @TVBinges for daily updates!
It’s super simple! We will all gather on Twitter and live-tweet a series of 7 episodes of Angel that have been chosen by the hosts: @BlaireLovesTV, @RickyJDiaz, and @EvilApprentice. Participants can tweet throughout the whole binge or come and go as they please because every episode will begin on the hour. Do you have something to do at 3pm but want to binge? Nothing is wrong with just binging an episode or two!
Every episode will start on the hour, with 15-minute breaks between each. Please do not hit pause during the episode or you will lose your place in the tweet-a-thon! You are responsible for playing your own DVDs or streaming the show through Netflix. @TVBinges will keep you on track so that you know which episode is being watched when.
EPISODES ARE AS FOLLOWS (on CENTRAL time)
12:00 PM – S01E09 – Hero
1:00 PM – S02E11 – Redefinition
2:00 PM – S02E21 – Through the Looking Glass
3:00 PM – S02E22 – There’s No Place Like Plrtz Glrb
4:00 PM – S03E13 – Waiting in the Wings
5:00 PM – S04E15 – Orpheus
6:00 PM – S05E14 – Smile Time
We picked each episode carefully so that each season was represented, but so that we weren’t going to be wrecks by the end of it. (We did a test binge last month that was just a boat-load of character death. Not this time, Whedon!)
KEEPING TRACK OF THE BINGE:
#AngelBinge Countdown – tells you when on YOUR time – every episode starts on the hour, so if you miss one, you can catch up on later episodes.
We also have made a handy Facebook event page where updates will also be posted: Facebook Event: #AngelBinge
THINGS TO LOOK OUT FOR:
Be conscious of Twitter Jail. If you tweet more than 200x an hour you WILL be sent there and unable to interact with the rest of the group until the jail is lifted.
Have fun and don’t be afraid to be silly! Highlighted tweets will be collected and published on Storify and the event will be featured on www.welovetvmore.com!
Not an Angel fan but maybe you know a couple? Please spread the word!
We look forward to tweeting with you on June 9th!
And don’t forget… “Let’s Get Whedoned!” – Shana Lieberman (@EvilApprentice)