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The Magicians Trilogy Coming to Television

The Magicians by Lev Grossman
The Magicians by Lev Grossman

Syfy announced a 12-episode adaptation of the best-selling books

The Magicians trilogy, the best-selling fantasy book series from author Lev Grossman, is headed to television.

After giving the green light to a pilot last year, Syfy has ordered a 12-episode series that starts shooting in Vancouver this July, the channel announced Monday. “Ever since The Magicians was published I’ve wanted to see this story on screen,” said Grossman, who is TIME’s book critic. “The people, the school, the other worlds, the magic. I’m so thrilled that it’s finally happening, and I’m beyond thrilled that we found the right people to do it.”

Jason Ralph will star protagonist Quentin Coldwater, a gifted college student who enrolls in a magical university. Hale Appleman, Summer Bishil, Arjun Gupta and Stella Maeve have also been cast in the adaptation of the series, whose first installment, The Magicians, was published in 2009 and spawned two sequels: The Magician King in 2011 and The Magician’s Land in 2014.

[Deadline]

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Two-Part Kardashian Special Will Feature Bruce Jenner’s Intimate Moments

Former Olympic athlete Bruce Jenner arrives at the Annual Charity Day in New York City on Sept. 11, 2013.
Mark Von Holden—AP Former Olympic athlete Bruce Jenner arrives at the Annual Charity Day in New York City on Sept. 11, 2013.

Jenner will discuss his transition into life as a woman

(NEW YORK) — If you didn’t hear enough about Bruce Jenner’s gender transition during his recent interview with ABC’s Diane Sawyer, the E! network wants to fix that.

The network said it will air a two-part “Keeping up With the Kardashians” on Sunday, May 17, and Monday, May 18. The programs promise to capture intimate conversations and emotional moments that Jenner shares with his family as they discuss his transition into life as a woman. Featured are Jenner’s ex-wife Kris Jenner, as well as Kourtney, Kim and Khloe Kardashian, and Kendall and Kylie Jenner.

The programs air at 9 p.m. Eastern each night.

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Mad Men Recap: ‘Lost Horizon’

Elisabeth Moss as Peggy Olson
Justina Mintz—AMC Elisabeth Moss as Peggy Olson in "Lost Horizon."

Don, Joan and Peggy struggle to adjust to their new jobs at McCann-Erickson

Up until this week’s episode of Mad Men, I assumed the man falling between skyscrapers in opening credits was strictly a metaphor. A few events in “Lost Horizon,” however, made me wonder if Don’s demise was on the immediate horizon—and whether it would involve heights. The “previously on” recap at the start of the episode included Roger’s remark about how Don will probably die in the middle of a pitch one day, and Don himself spent a lot of time staring out the windows of his new office, perhaps realizing that a flimsy piece of glass is all that’s keeping him from plummeting to his death. (Or escaping from his life, if the plane flying in the distance has reignited your interest in the D.B. Cooper theory of Mad Men.)

Don didn’t end up jumping, but he did go a little off the rails as one of many characters having a hard time adjusting to McCann-Erickson’s absorption of SC&P. It’s not just the overwhelming size and corporate culture of his new job that’s messing with his head, though—it’s his continuing obsession with the enigmatic waitress Diana. After a skipping a few important client meetings and going AWOL, much to the concern of new boss Jim Hobart—who referred to Don as his “white whale” after trying to hire him for a decade—Don starts having sleep-deprived hallucinations of the late Bert Cooper while driving to Diana’s old home in Racine, Wisconsin. That’s not even the weirdest part of an episode that features Peggy drunkenly roller skating around the old SC&P office (more on that later), but it becomes perhaps the most disturbing once Don assumes a fake name and pretends to be delivering sweepstakes prizes in an attempt to learn Diana’s whereabouts.

The new wife of Diana’s ex-husband welcomes Don inside their suburban home while Diana’s surviving daughter lurks on the staircase like something out of a horror movie. The visit turns hostile, though, once the husband returns home from work and sees through Don’s pretense. He doesn’t buy Don’s story about delivering contest prizes, nor does he buy Don’s back-up story about being a collection agent when his first cover is blown. Apparently, Don’s not the first man to be so consumed with Diana that he came to Racine to track her down. “You can’t save her,” the guy tells Don, “only Jesus can.” Now, Diana has more or less already said the same thing to Don, but maybe he’s treating her like a project to save himself from feeling so obsolete in his life: Joan and others don’t need him to save the day anymore, Betty’s finding her passion, his kids are fine on their own. Maybe Don will take the message to heart and finally take no for an answer now that he’s hearing it from someone who isn’t Diana. We’ll find out next week when he returns from his impromptu road trip, assuming the hitchhiker he picked up in the final scene doesn’t turn out to be a murderer or something.

Don can take his time coming back, though, because this episode’s MVP was, without a doubt, Joan. Remember when Joan talked about wanting to burn the whole place down after some McCann-Erickson bros spent a meeting making comments about her body? It’s almost a surprise this episode didn’t end with Joan walking down the streets of New York with the building going up in flames behind her, given what she had to put up with at McCann. After Dennis, one of the jerks from that meeting, derails a client phone call by showing up unprepared, Joan goes to Ferg Donnelly and asks if someone else can handle the business instead. Ferg decides to take matters into his own hands, which at first seems like a blessing—he gets Dennis out of the picture and keeps Joan in charge of her accounts—until he lets her know repeatedly that the only business he wants to do with Joan is that kind of business.

So Joan seeks help again, this time from Jim Hobart, who isn’t so sympathetic to her requests for autonomy. Hobart tells her he doesn’t care about her former partner status at SC&P and that she can take half the money on her contract and get lost, lest she wants to get a lawyer involved. But Joan threatens to do just that, name-dropping the ACLU and reminding Hobart that she’s probably not the only woman in McCann who’s been made to feel uncomfortable by Ferg. (Note to men: if you have to defend your company to a woman threatening sexual harassment litigation with the words “Women love it here,” there’s a good chance they don’t.) Joan seemed ready to fight, but Roger convinces her to take the money—not because she’s wrong, but because he nor anyone else would be able to help her: Hobart’s threats about the consequences and ostracization she would face are no joke. Joan doesn’t need to work, but with two episodes left in the whole series, it’s disheartening, if not infuriating, to see someone as competent and ambitious as Joan lose the battle against workplace sexism.

Unless, of course, she and Peggy run off to form their own agency, which a lot of people on Twitter are crossing their fingers for. We don’t yet know how Peggy will handle the culture at McCann-Erickson, as the company thought she was a secretary and didn’t have her office ready, but if Joan’s experience is any indication, Peggy’s relationship with the company might go up in flames, too. While waiting for her new office, Peggy tries to work from the abandoned offices of SC&P in scenes that feel a bit like Elisabeth Moss went and followed January Jones to the set of Last Man on Earth. First she spills coffee all over the floor and leaves it there (between this and the red wine in Don’s old apartment, Mad Men is really into upturned beverages as a sign of decay), then she wonders if she’s hearing ghosts before finding Roger eerily playing the organ by the stairwell.

They end up spending the rest of the day drinking together, which leads to Peggy putting on the roller skates and Roger giving her both some career advice (“This business doesn’t have feelings”) as well as Bert Cooper’s old octopus painting, which she initially resists. “You know I need to make men feel at ease,” she says. “Who told you that?” he fires back. On one hand, that’s an empty retort for Roger to make considering he later tells Joan that, actually, making men uneasy isn’t worth it and she should take the money. But on the other hand, the GIF-able moment it inspired—Peggy slow-mo walking through the halls of McCann, sunglasses on, cigarette lit, octopus painting under her arm—could be their redemption. If Joan’s not going to burn this place down, maybe Peggy will.

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Correction: The original version of this story misidentified the athletic footwear Peggy wore in the office. They were roller skates.

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Watch John Oliver Give Failing Marks to Standardized Testing

Featuring dancing monkeys, talking pineapples and a lot of vomiting children

In John Oliver’s vernacular the phrase “standardized testing” is the “fastest way to terrorize any child outside of just whispering the word ‘clown.'” He used his platform on Last Week Tonight to draw attention to what he views as the many problems with standardized testing.

According to Oliver, there has been a trend of students opting out of standardized testing, partially due to overwhelming pressure to perform. As Oliver notes, there’s something wrong with a system that assumes several children will vomit on their test booklets due to the pressures of test taking.

Yet testing continues. In Oliver’s view this standardized testing is the legacy of the No Child Left Behind education act signed into law by President George W. Bush and continued by President Barack Obama, who introduced his own educational program with its own battery of standardized tests.

While politicians are responsible for some of the nation’s standardized testing woes, Oliver also had strong words for educational testing companies. He saved particular ire for Pearson, which Oliver called “the educational equivalent of Time Warner Cable — either you’ve never had an interaction with them and don’t care, or they’ve ruined your f—king life.”

The bigger problem, according to Oliver, is that all this testing is not actually leading to higher performing children and testing companies have not faced consequences on their failure to deliver results — until Oliver called them out, that is.

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Cable, Pay-Per-View Problems Leave Viewers Fighting Mad

Floyd Mayweather Jr., left, connects with a right to the head of Manny Pacquiao, from the Philippines, on May 2, 2015 in Las Vegas
John Locher—AP Floyd Mayweather Jr., left, connects with a right jab to the head of Manny Pacquiao in Las Vegas on May 2, 2015

Strong pay-per-view demand for the Floyd Mayweather–Manny Pacquiao fight caused problems for cable and satellite systems

(NEW YORK) — For some boxing fans, the big fight Saturday night turned out to be between them and their cable companies.

Strong pay-per-view demand for the Floyd Mayweather-Manny Pacquiao fight in Las Vegas caused problems for cable and satellite systems, especially when people tried to order at the last second, which delayed the start of the fight. It’s another sting to the reputation of an industry that’s already beset with criticism over poor service and competition from streaming video providers.

Still other boxing fans circumvented cable companies entirely, watching the fight live video-streaming apps such as Meerkat and Twitter’s Periscope, which let users broadcast video directly to the Internet from their smartphones.

Some who used this workaround had tried to buy the fight and failed. Others just didn’t want to pay to watch, bragging on Twitter how they saved the $100 fee. Some went as far as calling it the future and knock-out victory for social media, although there are no concrete numbers at this time of how many people watched via Meerkat or Periscope.

The bout was expected to be the most popular in pay-per-view history, with an estimated 3 million households buying the fight at nearly $100 each.

The next round may be between fight promoters and the streaming services. CBS, parent company of Showtime, which helped present the fight, declined to comment about viewers watching via the apps.

But last week, CBS and Time Warner’s HBO took two websites to federal court — BoxingHD.net and SportShip.org — successfully blocking them from airing the fight. HBO has also previously criticized Periscope for allowing people to live-stream the premiere of “Game of Thrones” last month, a move it called “mass copyright infringement.”

Scores of angry tweets directed at various providers complained of problems with both ordering and watching. Some users said when they tried to order, the fight wasn’t available. Others complained of picture problems or an inability to tune to the pay-per-view channel.

The night ended in disappointment for DJ Price, of Greenville, South Carolina. He went to a friend’s house to watch the fight. There was beer, chicken wings, chips and guacamole. There just wasn’t a fight.

Just before 9 p.m., as the pre-fight show was to start, the TV screen turned blue, Price said, with everybody staring at the “please wait” message. Price’s friend spent 45 minutes on the phone with the cable company.

“We sat there just in anticipation,” Price said. By 11:45 p.m., the fight was underway and the cable was still not fixed. So “we just shut the party down and went separate ways.”

Jared Kraus of Pevely, Missouri was watching basketball — Game 7 of the playoffs between the L.A. Clippers and San Antonio Spurs — when the screen froze and went blank. Later on in the night, he had a few friends coming over to watch the boxing match.

“Cable’s out. Missing a ridiculous game 7 and can’t order the fight. Sad faces all around,” Kraus tweeted.

“This has happened before, of course, but it usually returns to form within the hour,” Kraus later told The Associated Press via email. “Not this time. I waited and waited and finally realized it wasn’t coming back any time soon.”

The fight watching was moved to his uncle’s house and the cable did eventually come back but “by then I had missed one of the greatest playoff games of all-time and the fight was almost to its end.”

Charter Communications, which provides cable to Price’s friend and to Kraus, did not respond to a request for comment.

Todd C. Smith, a spokesman for rival Cox Communications, said problems at his company were limited to people who were ordering the fight at the last minute.

“Customers who ordered the fight but were unable to see it should contact us for a full refund. For cases where customers experienced other technical issues during the fight, those will be evaluated on a case by case basis,” Smith said.

Customer service Twitter accounts for Dish Network and Cox asked users whether they ordered standard definition or high definition feeds of the fight, indicating there may have been issues with the standard definition feed. A similar account for DirecTV referred users toward a troubleshooting website.

Ellen Cooper, a spokeswoman for InDemand, which distributes the signal from the event to the cable companies, said there were no issues with her company’s connection.

“It was flawless. There were no problems with that signal,” Cooper said.

Time Warner Cable spokesman Rich Ruggiero said his company had two network issues in New York City; one in southern Manhattan and one in Brooklyn. He said both were fixed before the fight started. Any other Time Warner issues nationally “were highly localized,” affecting a small part of individual neighborhoods.

“We’re seeing and gracefully managing a lot of demand — which is a good thing,” Dish Network spokesman Bob Toevs said.

DirecTV spokesman Robert Mercer said heavy volume of pay-per-view orders caused some problems.

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Recap: Game of Thrones Watch: Inglorious Bastards

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Legitimate or otherwise, the children of Game of Thrones are taking center stage.

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Spoilers for Game of Thrones, “Sons of the Harpy,” below:

“What would you say if I told you of a great sinner here in our very midst?”

In King’s Landing? I’d say I’m going to need to grab a scroll and some extra ink, because that’s going to turn into a very long list.

The irony of Cersei Lannister reporting a “sinner” to the High Sparrow–using a mob of fundamentalists as muscle in the service of her morally-selective aims–is obvious. But it also points up a theme of Game of Thrones, which comes up repeatedly in “Sons of the Harpy”: that sin is a moving target in this world, defined by who has the power to punish other’s sins and to obscure their own.

After all, it’s rich that Cersei should be targeting Loras for a specifically sexual sin (being gay, apparently, is no more tolerated by the Faith of the Seven than the medieval Europe it’s based on) when she not only commited incest but is–or was–truly in love with the brother who fathered her children. Cersei and Jaime are not free to be open about this, but they’re at least insulated enough to see that the whispers around them remain whispers.

By empowering the Faith Militant–visualized here as a kind of weird tattooed cult–Cersei is playing a dangerous game, loosing the power of religious absolutism in a land where, in practice, not all equal “sins” are treated equally. Just take, for instance, the very different treatment of a kind of character that is very prominent in Game of Thrones‘ story of power and family—the bastard.

Westeros is crawling with bastards, but not all bastards have an equal lot in life. The realm is ruled by one, after all: it’s not acknowledged that Robert’s children are not his, but it’s not unacknowledged either–sparrows yell “Bastard! Abomination!” at Tommen in the street, and Bronn answers “Your niece?” pointedly when Jaime describes Myrcella as such. In a way, it’s a demonstration of Lannister might that the gossip remains just that. (Would the family’s power crumble if the secret were exposed, or would the secret be exposed because the family’s power had already crumbled?)

The Lannister kids are a special case, of course, being the product of incest. But it’s ironic that Myrcella is believed to be in danger having been sent off to the one corner of Westeros that treats its bastards best. As the late Oberyn Martell said, “Bastards are born of passion, aren’t they? We don’t despise them in Dorne.” The Dornish, in keeping with their more generally liberated attitudes, acknowledge children born out of wedlock, giving them power and agency–and in the case of the Sand Snakes, whom we meet here, the ability to create big headaches for the Lannisters in the name of vengeance.

And in the rest of Westeros? It’s more a matter of luck. Poor Gendry is still out there rowing his boat somewhere, relatively powerless and yet threatening enough to be pursued because of his royal blood. The Boltons, on the other hand, may have their own trouble playing nice with others, but at least Roose was open to making Ramsay Snow legitimate once he proved his usefulness.

Then there’s the handsomest bastard of all, Jon Snow. Ned Stark did the right-enough thing bringing him back to Winterfell and raising him as his own, and he was able to bond with his siblings–yet always felt a distance from Catelyn, for whom things were understandably awkward. He was a good son, dutiful, protective of his siblings, responsible–and as his reward got to go off to The Wall. In the last episode, Stannis offered him the chance to be legitimized as a Stark, yet he refused it feeling bound to his vows. The Night’s Watch may be a harsh family, but at least it adopted him unconditionally.

But Jon’s situation is complicated, and I’m going to spoiler-protect the next couple paragraphs–it’s not technically a spoiler, since it only involves a theory popular among readers of the books, but it’s enough of a biggie-if-true that I’ll let you decide if you want to read it:

According to this theory, the story I just told you, the story that Ned Stark told when he brought baby Jon home, is not the real story. Jon, the speculation goes, is not actually Ned’s son, but the son of former crown prince Rhaegar Targaryen and Ned’s sister Lyanna. By this theory, Rhaegar did not rape Lyanna–the story that’s taken hold–but secretly married her, making him the actual honest-to-God legit heir to the Iron Throne. Ned claimed Jon as his bastard son to hide the truth and protect the baby’s life.

True? Not true? The hell if I know, but Rhaegar and Lyanna are suddenly all the hell over “Sons of the Harpy.” We have Sansa visiting the crypts at Winterfell, recalling Ned’s visit to his sister’s tomb and retelling the popular story of the rape. Later, Barristan recalls taking Rhaegar through the streets of King’s Landing, where he loved to sing for passers-by. Game of Thrones, unlike the books, doesn’t like to spend much time on history–let alone characterizing a long-dead character, first as a rapist, then as a sweet boy (who maybe was not a rapist after all?). On top of that we have Melisandre–well-know connoisseur of king’s blood–telling Jon of the power he carries within him.

Overall, “Sons of the Harpy” was a largely piece-moving episode: it set up a bloody conflict in Dorne, multiplied Dany’s troubles in Meereen, set Jorah and Tyrion on the road, and sent Mace Tyrell off to Braavos with Ser Meryn Trant, whom you may recognize as one of the names on Arya’s shortening revenge list.

But it had powerful moments, one of which reminded us that there are ways other than being born out of wedlock for children in this realm to lose legitimacy. See Shireen, Stannis’ only child, disdained by her mother, who apologizes to him for “[giving] you nothing but weakness and deformity.”

Which is why it was a surprisingly affecting scene to see Stannis telling his daughter how he fought to save and keep her after she fell ill with greyscale. It may be the first time that we hear Stannis talking about a decision that he came to, not because of honor or rigid adherence to law, but simple, febrile love. “I told them all to go to hell,” he says. “You are the princess Shireen of House Baratheon. And you are my daughter.”

I’ll admit it, I choked up. Stannis, you soft-hearted bastard, you.

Now for the hail of arrows:

* Whenever I see a new location on the title-sequence map, it’s like Christmas in the spring for me. Welcome, badass snake of Dorne!

* We get a little more clarity on the “What in hell is Littlefinger thinking?” front with regard to Sansa’ betrothal to Ramsay: he believes Stannis will defeat the Boltons and place Sansa in charge of the North. Let’s hope the puppetmaster knows what he’s doing.

* What was it Chekhov said, about how if you have a man buried to his neck in the sand at the beginning of an episode, he’d better get a spear thrown through his head by the end of it?

* I had been thinking that Game of Thrones this season had been doing a little less of the nudity-for-nudity’s sake scenes, but Melisandre’s attempted seduction of Jon felt like it. Yes, life is holy, sex is life, blah blah–and I do wonder what her larger motive was beyond Jon’s general dreaminess–but I couldn’t help but giggling when she disrobed to show him “what you’re fighting for.” (Her boobs?)

* Speaking of which: “You know nothing, Jon Snow.” I’m assuming Melisandre was never in a position to hear Ygritte utter the catchphrase. So: coincidence, or legit Red Priestess voodoo?

* “I was drunk through most of the Small Council meetings, but now it’s coming back to me.” Tyrion Lannister, excellent multitasker.

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Watch Scarlett Johansson Satirize Marvel’s Lack of Female Superheroes

May 2 episode also features a parody of Baltimore riots coverage

Avengers: Age of Ultron star Scarlett Johansson took on Marvel’s lack of female-led franchises during her fourth hosting gig of Saturday Night Live.

The sketch features a fake trailer starring Johansson as her Avengers character, Black Widow, as proof that Marvel is indeed capable of creating a female-centered superhero film. “Chill. Marvel gets women,” says the narrator, before Natasha Romanova is seen trading her secret agent duties for an internship at Fashion Weekly and relationship problems with her boyfriend, Ultron.

MORE: Avengers: Age of Ultron Wins 2nd Biggest Weekend Box Office

The episode, with musical guest Wiz Khalifa, also poked fun in the cold open at the Mayweather-Pacquiao boxing match—which happened to air at the same time as SNL—with Aidy Bryant stepping into the ring as Pacquiao and Jay Pharoah as the still-undefeated Mayweather.

SNL waded into a more risky topic with its parody coverage of the Baltimore riots, namely, the zero attendance at last week’s Baltimore Orioles vs. Chicago White Sox game, which was closed to the public due to the city’s unrest Monday.

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Watch Matt LeBlanc Sing Joey’s Songs From Friends

He also reminisced about his "hand twin"

Friends may be over, but Joey Tribbiani will forever live on in Matt LeBlanc.

The Episodes star, 47, dropped by the The Graham Norton Show on Friday, where he and the talk show host relived some of their favorite moments from the beloved sitcom.

Norton, 52, brought up one episode in particular, in which Joey famously performs in a musical about the life of Dr. Sigmund Freud.

“I think it was right in the very beginning of the first season, like episode four, or something,” LeBlanc explained, “It was called ‘Freud!’ ”

Remembering the tune and lyrics, Leblanc launched into a performance of the song, complete with Freud’s Austrian accent. The only thing missing was Joey’s accompanying dance number from the musical.

LeBlanc was also reminded of an episode from the fifth season of the show, in which Joey encounters his identical hand twin.

“Oh, my god!” the actor laughed, “I gotta set it up first.”

The actor explained to fellow guests Kit Harington and Rebel Wilson that in the episode, “I meet a guy, not me, Joey meets a guy in the casino who’s his exact hand double, and he thinks he has struck it rich now. ‘NASA’s gonna want to talk to us, this is big.’ ”

“So he comes up with this song and I think it goes like this,” LeBlanc said before singing the lyrics to the tune of Woodie Guthrie’s This Land Is Your Land: “This hand is your hand, this hand is my hand, No wait that’s your hand, Oh no that’s my hand!”

This article originally appeared on People.com

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Game of Thrones Star Talks Playing Bart’s Love Interest on The Simpsons

Carice Van Houten visits at SiriusXM Studios in New York City on April 14, 2015.
Robin Marchant—Getty Images Carice Van Houten visits at SiriusXM Studios in New York City on April 14, 2015.

The actress heads to Springfield to play a "snobby" girl who is "quite attractive to yellow, small boys"

The Red Woman is going yellow.

Game of Thrones star Carice van Houten, known for playing the mysterious Melisandre, heads to The Simpsons in Sunday’s episode, where she plays Milhouse’s (Pamela Hayden) Dutch cousin Annika. Annika is cool, exotic and smokes e-cigarettes. Naturally, Bart Simpson (Nancy Cartwright) is immediately smitten.

The character started off as a joke among The Simpsons writers, many of whom are Game of Thrones fans, when they realized van Houten shared a last name with Millhouse. The Dutch actress became friendly with some of the writers on Twitter, and they invited her to observe a table read. A few months later, they offered her a role.

In a chat with The Hollywood Reporter, van Houten talks geeking out over The Simpsons‘ studio and what to expect from the episode.

What was that initial table read visit like?

I came in very shy, and very humble. I’ve been fan a fan for twenty years. They started introducing the cast to the small audience, and then all of a sudden this guy says, “And we have a very special guest today. It’s Melisandre and she’s sitting in the corner there!” I thought, “This is so strange! It’s the other way around. I’m supposed to be the fan here.”Afterwards they took me to the writers room and wanted to take pictures with me. I had to put an autograph on a Westeros map.

What was the next step?

I went back to Amsterdam and I didn’t hear anything. It was quiet for awhile. All of a sudden, I got an email that said, “It is happening.” My voice was so high-pitched when I heard. I was jumping up and down like a little girl. I’ve never been as enthusiastic about any job.

Your character smokes, so is she supposed to be sort of a bad kid?

She’s sort of a cool kid from Amsterdam. She’s snobby about being European and doesn’t really like anything about America. She’s a free spirit from Amsterdam. Apparently she’s quite attractive to yellow, small boys.

How long were you recording for?

Maybe an hour. It’s a guest role. It’s not a huge thing and they are very proficient. I would have loved to have been in that studio forever, but it’s also a job.

What kind of feedback did they give you about your character?

When I was first doing the first few sentences, they said, “You can make it even bigger! This is a cartoon. You can make it as big as you want.” It’s so great. If you do a lot of movies and TV, you always try to be subtle and you try to do your eyebrow acting. Then all of a sudden you have this job where you can exaggerate like crazy.

This is a pretty different role, at least for what U.S. audiences are used to you doing.

In my own country, I’ve done a lot of romantic comedies. I came from a school where a lot of comedians come from and for some reason I always get cast for serious, strong, fierce women. Which I love, but I’d love to do things that are slightly nerdy or weird or crazy. You get type cast quite easily. I would love to play a nerd. I feel like a nerd. I don’t feel like a very strong woman like Melisandre. Melisandre is probably the person that is furthest away from any character I’ve ever played. It’s fun, too.

Will you be back?

They didn’t promise anything. I definitely wasn’t shy. I told them I’d love to come back. I would do it if I had to pay for it. I thought it was a huge honor.

This article originally appeared on The Hollywood Reporter.

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Here’s How Long It Will Take to Binge Watch the Internet’s Favorite TV Shows

From Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt to Pretty Little Liars, these are the most talked-about shows on Twitter

Looking for some new shows to watch now that Broad City is over and you’ve already cycled through Friends on Netflix? Nielsen has created this handy infographic that calculates how long it will take you to binge watch some of television’s most popular shows, so you can plan accordingly.

The ratings service has created similar binging guides in the past, but this one uses social media data to pinpoint television that people have been tweeting about the most. So this way, you can plan to watch the shows other people are talking about — and then rapidly binge them so you can join the conversation.

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As you can see, you’ll be able to get through some shows, like Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, in one day if you apply yourself. But others will take a whole other level of commitment.

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