You may feel elated when you jump on the sofa to begin binge-watching whatever new show was just released on Netflix, but new findings suggest that happy feeling won’t last long. Well-being site Happify released an infographic based on a variety of studies on TV- and movie-watching that shows, among other things, that people who binge-watch tend to feel depressed and lonely. The study found that binge-watching causes a person to be less physically and mentally productive. So although your brain won’t actually turn to mush, sitting stationary for hours on end while not really accomplishing anything will certainly make it feel rather mush-y.
Other interesting tidbits illustrated in the infographic:
The Philly area has had no shortage of hopefuls vying for prizes on any number of TV reality/talent shows—from UArts grad Matt McAndrew on The Voice to Collingswood’s Meg Maley, who’s currently fighting to stay in the Big Brother house. After tonight we may have another group of locals to root for, when Philly-founded Christian rock band 3 Shades of Blue (3SB) audition for the judges on America’s Got Talent.
If you tune in to The Tonight Show tonight, don’t be surprised if it’s an episode you’ve already seen. CBS News reports that this evening’s taping was cancelled after the show’s host, Jimmy Fallon, suffered a mysterious hand injury and had to be taken to the hospital.
Netflix just released the trailer for the TV series based on the 2001 summer-camp spoof Wet Hot American Summer, starring folks like Philly’s own Bradley Cooper and Amy Poehler.
The trailer views like an ad for the camp that was recorded on an old VHS tape that was probably on the fritz. It promotes Camp Firewood’s many activities and the long-lasting friendships that are waiting to be made. If you watch really closely, there’s even a split-second throw-in of the steamy sex scene between Cooper and fellow star Michael Ian Black. Cooper returns to reprise his role as Ben, the token gay camp leader who runs the theater portion of the camp with fruit-fly Susie (Poehler).
The series is called Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp and it will be released on Netflix on July 31st—unless they decide to surprise us by sharing it early like they did Orange is the New Black.
CBS has announced the 14 cast members who will spend weeks locked in a house with other crazy people strangers on Big Brother 17. The lineup includes John McGuire, a 27-year-old dentist from Scranton, and a 25-year-old waitress from Collingswood named Meg Maley. More info about each of them from CBS’s Big Brother site.
John McGuire | Photo from CBS
McGuire “says he’s unlike any other dentist as he’s loud, obnoxious and never runs out of energy.” He says he’s going into the game looking for a showmance and his goal is to win Big Brother “so he can save his parents’ lake house and pay off his student loans.”
A few weeks ago, The Roots invited A$AP Rocky to Philadelphia to perform at the eighth annual Roots Picnic at Penn’s Landing. Last night, A$AP returned the favor by asking them on to come on stage to back him up on The Tonight Show as he rapped two of his latest singles, “L$D” and “Jukebox Joints.” The songs come from his sophomore album At. Long. Last. A$AP., which hit No. 1 on the Billboard 200 and R&B/Hip-Hop Albums charts. Check out the performance above.
If the streets look empty on June 12th, it’s because fans of Orange is the New Black will be huddled around their TV sets binge-watching the third season of everyone’s favorite ladies-prison drama on Netflix. Since its fiery debut two years ago, the show has become a favorite among pop-culture fanatics thanks to its twisted plot lines, crazy characters, and edge-of-your-seat Litchfield prison drama. While season 2 delivered a ton of satisfying twists and turns, it also left us scratching our heads. The season 3 trailer didn’t do much to help; it actually left us all that more puzzled.
So, in the spirit of anticipation, I’ve rounded up some of the most burning questions I’m dying to have answered when the new season debuts.
Musical parody duo Black Simon and Garfunkel (aka The Roots’ Questlove and Captain Kirk Douglas) covered Taylor Swift’s latest single “Bad Blood” on The Tonight Show Last Night. This is one of a handful of covers the pair has done, including Katy Perry’s “Roar” and Lorde’s “Royals.” Check it out above.