His Big Idea: James L. Brooks

Binge-watching TV makes it better.
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After winning 19 Emmys, nabbing three Oscars, and producing hit shows including The Simpsons, The Mary Tyler Moore Show, and Taxi, James L. Brooks likes to binge-watch TV.

"I did The Wire on a binge -- I think it was 60 shows, something like that -- so it was a real binge. It's a different experience, and I think it's a richer experience. When you're surrounded by it, when you go to sleep and wake up and experience it again, and that happens again and again, you can immerse yourself in it; you can become part of it. It's like with great literature, what a reader brings to it, when they're that immersed in it, when the book starts having an effect on them. There's a very different trip that is becoming a very common trip, and I think it's changing everything."

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