• Natalie Zea (Claire Matthews in The Following) has nabbed a juicy role in CBS’s Stephen King adaptation Under The Dome. According to executive producer Neal Baer in an interview with TV Guide, Zea will be playing Maxine, “a woman who makes an alarming appearance” in episode nine. “If you think Jim Rennie is trouble, you haven’t seen trouble yet,” Baer teases, comparing Zea’s character to the burly car salesman who’s the show’s main on-going bad guy.
• The Big Bang Theory (an official nearly-SFX show) was the big winner at the American Television Critics’ Choice Awards last night, nabbing Best Comedy, Best Supporting Actress In A Comedy Series (Kaley Cuoco) and Best Supporting Actor In A Comedy Series (Simon Helberg). But two other telefantasy shows also won gongs: American Horror Story: Asylum (Best Supporting Actor in a Movie/Miniseries for Zachary Quinto and Best Supporting Actress in a Movie/Miniseries for Sarah Paulson) and Orphan Black (Best Actress in a Drama Series for Tatiana Maslany). Full list of winners on TVLine.
• Game Of Thrones’ final episode failed – but only just – to set a new record for its viewing figures in the States. The finale bowed out with 5.4 million viewers for the initial airing of “Mhysa”, just shy of the all-time high of 5.5 million set by “The Climb” earlier in the season. We don’t think HBO will be too disappointed, though. The season three finale saw a massive 28% increase in viewers over the season two finale, and as Deadline points out, “Overall, season three of Game Of Thrones averaged a gross audience of 13.6 million watching on linear plays, HBO On Demand, HBO GO and DVR. That’s up two million over season two.” That makes Game Of Thrones season three the second most watched season of a show ever on HBO after the 2004 season of The Sopranos (an average of 14.4 million viewers). So, True Blood season six… top that!
• Falling Skies season three, meanwhile, debuted in the US with 4.2 million viewers on TNT, slightly less than its season two premiere, but quite a bit up on the season two finale (3.84 million). So the sky’s not falling yet…
• Big Finish has has its license to make Doctor Who audio adventures extended until December 2016. Hurrah. Line producer David Richardson teases: “We have so many more tales to tell with the first eight Doctors and their companions. We can promise that 2016 will see more of your favourite ranges – plus maybe a brand new range or two that will surprise and delight. Certainly, as a team, we could not be happier that we will continue to be able to make our Doctor Who dreams a reality.” Full story on Doctor Who News.
• Comic Book Movie has a set of great photos from the set of Captain America: The Winter Soldier, featuring an acrobatic Winter Soldier. Head on over for the full reveal.