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Jayma Mays on Wet Hot American Summer and the End of Glee

arrives at the Milk + Bookies 10th Annual Story Time Celebration at Skirball Cultural Center on April 19, 2015 in Los Angeles, California.
Gregg DeGuire—Getty Images Jayma Mays arrives at the Milk + Bookies 10th Annual Story Time Celebration at Skirball Cultural Center on April 19, 2015 in Los Angeles, California.

The actress says she was "flipping out" when she got the Netflix gig

Jayma Mays has been one of the busiest actresses in Hollywood lately. From two Netflix shows (The Adventures of Puss in Boots, already out, and Wet Hot American Summer, coming in July) to wrapping up Glee and starting work on Doug Liman’s new movie Mena (also starring Tom Cruise), Mays has a full dance card. We caught up with the actress to hear about her many projects.

Jayma Mays: There’s a cat meowing in the background. Just know that it’s not me doing a voice. It’s my actual cat.

TIME: You’ve talked about your cats before, haven’t you?

Yeah, I feel like I’m slowly becoming the crazy cat lady. I almost got a third cat this weekend and then I realized that was pushing it too far.

Speaking of cats, The Adventures of Puss in Boots has been streaming on Netflix for a few months now—what has the feedback been like from parents and kids?

So far so good—this is my first job doing voiceover, and it’s different because when you’re out and about, people don’t necessarily know who’s doing what voice. But for my family and friends, I have lots of friends with kids, and I have young nieces and nephews, and it’s really cool because I’m getting to experience it through them a little bit. I have nieces in England, and they’re able to watch it, too. They give me notes, tell me my diction is awful, because they’re English, obviously. But they love the show.

Do you want to do more voice work?

Yeah! If I’m fortunate enough, I’d love to. It works your imagination in a completely different way, and you’re not just limited to your physicality. And I don’t even need to shower before work, which is a big bonus!

I’m a big fan of another show you’re on, Getting On. Will your character be back for the last season?

She’s supposed to—I don’t have any specifics on what the storyline is or where she goes as a character, but yeah, they phoned to see if I’ll be available to do [the episodes], so hopefully that means that I’ll be coming back, because that’s just another dream-come-true job for me. I’m a huge fan of Laurie Metcalf and Niecy Nash.

It’s one of the first shows to really deal with end-of-life care. Is that something you’ve had to deal with in your own life?

Well, I don’t have any of my grandparents surviving anymore. I guess I’ve experienced that world through my parents discussing it with me. But my parents are still alive and healthy, thank goodness. The character I play in particular is all about healthcare and death for profit, so I do feel like that’s something that’s a hot topic, especially in a country with, clearly, issues about healthcare. To deal with it in a comedy, albeit a dark comedy, I think is supremely relevant and really cool. But it’s also just wildly entertaining. Watching it, I’ll find myself chuckling at stuff, and I’m like, “Should I be laughing at this? Why am I laughing at this? Is it because we don’t talk about it?”

There’s so much enthusiasm for the upcoming Wet Hot American Summer series on Netflix. Were you pumped to be a part of that?

Yes! I was like, flipping out on the phone when I got the phone call. I feel like so many people have seen that film now—it felt like such an underground thing when it came out.

Who were you most excited to work with in the cast?

Well, without giving anything away, my stuff is a little bit separate, so I didn’t get to work with the whole cast, but I was super stoked to work with Michael Showalter and David Wain—they created that world, it’s iconic. People quote things from it all the time. Knowing that they would let me be in their show was the most exciting thing that could have happened.

You came back for the end of Glee! How did you feel about the finale?

I was really glad that they asked me to come back. First of all, it’s really nice to know when a show is ending, because so many shows get pulled now and you don’t get to say your goodbyes or have closure for your character. It’s a gift when you know that it’s the end.

People always talk about Will & Grace influencing America’s thoughts on gay rights, but I think Glee has been even more powerful for a younger generation. Do you think the show pushed the needle on public opinion?

It’s so funny, I don’t know that this show necessarily set out to do any of that. It started out as a little show that was like, “Can a musical work on television? I don’t know!” But clearly it’s a topic that’s been discussed. Has it influenced a generation? I don’t know. But if it has in a positive way, then how fortunate are we to have been a part of something that did that.

Do you have a dream role?

I’m really drawn to comedy, I grew up in the south so I’m drawn to all things southern, so my role in Getting On has been fun for me to play something southern—I always feel like I understand those characters more because of where I was raised. I’m starting a Doug Liman movie, Mena, where I get to play a southern girl as well, but she’s really foul-mouthed and sassy, nasty and headstrong. For me right now, that is my dream role, because it’s so different to anything that I’ve ever done. It has my artistic juices flowing.

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Netflix Accounts for More Than a Third of All Internet Traffic

Streaming service's share of online traffic is approaching 40%

Netflix’s dominance over our streaming habits is only continuing to grow. According to a new report from Sandvine, Netflix now accounts more almost 37% of downstream Internet traffic in North America during peak evening hours, up from about 35% in November. The company’s share of online traffic has been ticking up steadily as it has built its subscriber base over the years. Netflix now has more than 40 million members in the U.S. and more than 60 million globally.

Still, Netflix isn’t the only company seeing spikes in usage. Sandvine found that HBO’s streaming platforms HBO Go and HBO Now saw a 300% increase in usage during the season five premiere of Game of Thrones in April. And downloadable content for Call of Duty:Advanced Warfare accounted for 12% of traffic on one North American broadband network on the day it was released.

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Netflix Renews Grace and Frankie for a Second Season, Possibly Thanks to Miley Cyrus

Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin at the World Premiere of "Grace and Frankie" in Los Angeles on April 29, 2015.
Eric Charbonneau—Invision for Netflix/AP Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin at the World Premiere of "Grace and Frankie" in Los Angeles on April 29, 2015.

The second season will land in 2016

No, Miley Cyrus does not make programming decisions for Netflix, but her influence should never be underestimated. Variety confirmed Wednesday that Grace and Frankie, the Netflix series starring Lily Tomlin and Jane Fonda as enemies who find solidarity when their husbands leave them for each other, will live to see a second season. And the show’s co-creator Marta Kauffman is thanking Cyrus for doing her part.

“Let me say, it’s so awesome to do a show on Netflix,” Kauffman said in a statement. “Because two and a half weeks after we launched, Miley Cyrus does a tweet about your show, and they call and say, ‘We’d like to do a season two.’”

The show has been praised for creating leading roles for women over 70 in an industry that’s frequently wont to do so, as well as for its normalization of same-sex marriage. Miley Cyrus would likely agree on all counts.

TIME Television

Watch Bill Murray in a Teaser for Netflix’s A Very Murray Christmas

Spend the holiday season with Bill Murray on Netflix

Have yourself a melancholy little Christmas with Bill Murray.

Netflix released a teaser on Friday for A Very Murray Christmas, which admittedly doesn’t tell us much. Murray, wearing a reindeer headpiece, stares out a window, before turning around, sighing a little and walking away.

If this seems a little like Lost in Translation: The Christmas Special, that may not be that far off. A Very Murray Christmas is co-written and directed by Sofia Coppola, Netflix announced. It’s described as an “an homage to the classic variety show featuring Bill Murray playing himself, as he worries no one will show up to his TV show due to a terrible snow storm in New York City. Through luck and perseverance, guests arrive at the Carlyle hotel to help him; dancing and singing in holiday spirit.”

George Clooney, Amy Poehler, Chris Rock, Maya Rudolph, Jason Schwartzman and Miley Cyrus are among those also appearing in the special.

TIME Internet

These TV Shows and Movies Are Coming to Netflix in June

Undisputed Cinema Gugu Mbatha-Raw as Noni Jean in "Beyond the Lights."

From Beyond the Lights to Scandal to Orange Is the New Black

Summer: the season of going outdoors, enjoying the sunshine… and sitting inside catching up on TV and movies.

Netflix’s new June offerings include critically talked-about movies like Beyond the Lights, Nightcrawler, and Cake, along with new seasons of TV shows like Scandal, Pretty Little Liars, and Orange is the New Black. See what else Netflix is adding—and taking away—in June below.

Available June 1
The Aviator
La Dictadura Perfecta

Available June 3
The Best of Me
Hector and the Search for Happiness

Available June 5

Available June 8
Grace of Monaco

Available June 9
It’s Tough Being Loved by Jerks

Available June 10
Pretty Little Liars, season 5
Rose Water

Available June 11
Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., season 2

Available June 12
Orange is the New Black, season 3
The Cobbler

Available June 13
Scandal, season 4

Available June 15
Pussy Riot: A Punk Prayer
Rodney Carrington: Laughter’s Good
Danger Mouse,
seasons 1-10
Bindi’s Bootcamp, season 1

Available June 16
Lee Daniels’ The Butler

Available June 17
Point and Shoot

Available June 19
Some Assembly Required

Available June 20

Available June 23

Available June 24
Beyond the Lights

Available June 26
Dreamworks Dragons: Race to the Edge
What Happened, Miss Simone?

Expiring June 1
Drugs, Inc.
Ever After
G.I. Jane
Ink Master
Rain Man
Silence of the Lambs

Expiring June 20
Collateral Damage
Practical Magic
Texas Chainsaw

Expiring June 30
Jack Reacher
Steel Magnolias
Taxi Driver

This article originally appeared on EW.com.

TIME viral

Watch a Mashup of Mad Max and the Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt Theme

It's Unbreakable Imperator Furiosa

Here are some of the lyrics from Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt that work perfectly in tandem with images from Mad Max: Fury Road, as evidenced by this mash-up: “females are strong as hell,” “white dudes hold the record for creepy crimes” and “like a bunch of Punxsutawney Phils.” Okay, just go with us on that last one.

In this video, instead of narrating the story of how Kimmy and the Indiana Mole Women were freed from Reverend Richard Wayne Gary Wayne, Walter Bankston appears to explain how Imperator Furiosa helps Immortan Joe’s wives escape. It’s Unbreakable Imperator Furiosa, a show that we would definitely binge as eagerly as we binged Kimmy Schmidt, but that would probably feature fewer musical numbers. Though, who knows? Mad Max did feature a guy with a flaming guitar.

[h/t Cosmopolitan]

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How You Use Netflix Is About to Change

US Online Streaming Giant Netflix : Illustration
Pascal Le Segretain—Getty Images In this photo illustration the Netflix logo is seen on September 19, 2014 in Paris, France.

Get ready for a new Netflix

There’s a change coming for those Netflix customers who stream their favorite flicks on the web.

The Netflix website is undergoing a design upgrade this June, TechCrunch reports. The change will bring its interface more in line with what you see when you use the service on a mobile device or gaming console. (It seems the company has been testing the upgrade with a number of customers already.)

The new design does away with Netflix’s scrolling carousel, the plodding selection tool that some users found bothersome enough to create a workaround for earlier this year. (See Netflix’s “god mode” hack.)

In terms of display, the update will show fewer titles and larger thumbnail images that can be expanded to show more information, rather than having to click a link that redirects to a different screen. Navigating Netflix’s hordes of content will presumably become quicker.

The update is Netflix’s first big desktop overhaul since 2011, TechCrunch notes. For those who stream their shows on, say, a Sony Playstation, Xbox 360, or Roku, there won’t be a meaningful variation. For those who watch Parks & Recreation or Daredevil on their web browsers, however, there will be a difference.

Earlier this year, Netflix also announced that it will begin encrypting all of its internet traffic over the course of the next couple of years. There’s speculation that the company is attempting to entering the market in China, too, possibly through a deal with a media company backed by Alibaba founder Jack Ma—a rumor that greatly boosted Netflix’s share price.

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Hulu Is Suddenly Assembling a Pretty Killer Lineup

The cast of The Mindy Project
NBC/Getty Images The cast of The Mindy Project

Nabbing The Mindy Project shows the streaming service is serious about competing with bigger rivals

In the online video streaming wars, Hulu has felt like a perennial also-ran for years. The company introduced a generation to the concept of legally streaming television shows online when it debuted in 2007, but its premium video offering, called Hulu Plus, has never received the critical or commercial attention of competitors like Netflix and Amazon Prime Instant Video.

Suddenly, that’s all changing. Hulu announced Friday that it secured the rights to season four of The Mindy Project, the recently cancelled Fox sitcom helmed by former The Office star Mindy Kaling. It’s just the latest in a string of recent announcements that could give Hulu the library it needs to be appeal to the growing legion of cord-cutters looking for cheaper ways to watch TV.

Hulu scored big in April by tying up the rights to stream the entire run of Seinfeld, marking the first time the show would appear on an online service. The deal, which reportedly cost Hulu more than $150 million, takes the last of the ‘90s most iconic sitcoms off the market from competitors — Friends was snapped up by Netflix last year and The Simpsons now has its own dedicated streaming app. Hulu also has exclusive streaming rights to South Park and the original CSI, as well non-exclusive rights to popular shows from NBC, ABC, Fox and Comedy Central, among others. All told, the service has developed into a more-than-viable option for the binge watchers of the world.

In terms of current shows, Hulu beats its rivals for keeping up with what’s on TV right now. The service is jointly owned by NBC, Fox and Disney, meaning it boasts a large selection of shows from their networks available one day after they air on television. Empire, Fox’s spring breakout hit, for example, streams exclusively on Hulu. On Netflix, the latest seasons of exclusive shows like Mad Men typically don’t appear until months after they aired on TV. For people who want to dump cable but still be able to watch broadcast shows on-demand, Hulu is a solid alternative (though current CBS shows typically aren’t available).

Hulu’s library of past and current hits has proven attractive with customers. The service now has almost 9 million paying subscribers in the U.S., up from 6 million a year ago. That’s far from Netflix’s 40 million, though it has grown into a sizable userbase. But to reach Netflix levels, Hulu needs strong original programming to define its brand. So far, the service’s original shows have mostly been low-budget fare that failed to garner attention—Hulu is still waiting for its House of Cards. That could come with 11/22/63, a new JFK assassination thriller starring James Franco that’s slated to premiere next year. And, of course, exclusive episodes of The Mindy Project will certainly help.

There are big flaws in Hulu’s service, though. The ads, even for paying customers, feel like a frustrating byprodcut of the service’s network ownership, and its movie selection is abysmal compared to Netflix and Amazon. However, it’s become clear that Hulu doesn’t want to be seen as an afterthought behind its more well-known competitors — the fact that it’s the cheapest of the bunch at $7.99 per month also helps. As more big exclusives hit the service, the former runt of the streaming litter will be harder to ignore.

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Watch the Trailer for Netflix’s Creepy New Show

You won't be able to binge: episodes will be put online weekly after the May 21 premiere

What would happen in a town where no one was older than 22?

That’s the question posed by the new Netflix original series Between. But even though someone in the trailer says “Let’s have some fun,” it looks like there isn’t much fun to be had in the fictional town of Pretty Lake. A mysterious virus wipes out everyone in the area over age 22, and the results look bleak. Instead of teenagers throwing parties and messing around, as one might imagine in a lighter take on this premise, the trailer shows abandoned children, explosions, and tears as the new population tries to figure out what to do.

As Netflix’s YouTube account describes: “Quarantined and afraid those left must survive without help, a cure, or adults.”

Between premieres on Netflix on May 21. In a departure from Netflix’s previous original shows, this one won’t be online all at once; viewers will have to wait for new episodes every Thursday evening, Entertainment Weekly reports.


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