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Love TV? Power watchers date favorite shows

August 29, 2013 • Entertainment, National News


This undated photo provided by HBO, shows, from left, actors James Gandolfini as Tony Soprano, Edie Falco as Carmela and Robert Iler as Anthony Jr. in a scene from the finale of, “The Sopranos.” More people are binge watching their favorite shows thanks to video streaming and On Demand services. For some, binging on TV shows and movies feels a whole lot like dating. (AP Photo/HBO, Will Hart)

NEW YORK (AP) — Maggie Edinger, 26, is in a cozy relationship. It’s predictable and relaxing. She’s in that phase, she said, “where you start wearing sweatpants and completing each other’s sentences.”

And that’s just her relationship with “Law & Order,” plus spin-offs. She remains on the hunt for an actual boyfriend.

Edinger, who’s pursuing a business degree in New York while working in public relations, is a binge TV watcher extraordinaire. She looks at nothing but L&O, despite having dipped in and out of the franchise in real time over the years.

For some like Edinger, binging on TV shows and movies feels a whole lot like dating. While Edinger is happy and content in her crime-fighting bubble, others know they should break up but can’t imagine committing to new loves, especially those that might have too many seasons to fit into a weekend fling. I’m talking to you “Dexter” and “Breaking Bad.”

Then there’s the bitterness. Over spoilers. Or lack of, um, climax.

“I knocked off ‘The Sopranos’ in a weekend but c’mon, give me an ending,” laments 48-year-old Larry DeGaris in Indianapolis. “I was a late adopter and I Login to read more

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