'The Big Bang Theory' casts Bernadette’s mom
November 9th, 2012
05:25 PM ET

'The Big Bang Theory' casts Bernadette’s mom

We’ve met Beverly Hofstadter and Mary Cooper, we’ve video chatted with Mrs. Koothrappali, and we’ve heard Mrs. Wolowitz’s voice boom through our TVs.

Now “The Big Bang Theory” is introducing us to Bernadette’s mother, to be played by Meagen Fay on an upcoming episode, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Fay is the latest “Roseanne” actress to appear on the CBS sitcom. (Laurie Metcalf and Sara Gilbert have played Sheldon Cooper’s mom Mary and experimental physicist Leslie Winkle, respectively.)

Casey Sander will also revisit his role as Bernadette’s ex-military dad on the December 6 episode.

What do you think of Fay as Bernie’s mom?

Filed under: Big Bang Theory • Casting Chronicles • television

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  1. Donna

    Big Bang is a really funny show, we also watch Mike & Molly people lighten up they are only shows love Sheldon is so
    funny I love Howard too!

    December 5, 2012 at 5:46 pm | Report abuse |
  2. dianna

    sheldon would be my best friend. He is so funny....

    December 4, 2012 at 5:47 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Troy in Austin

    Just don't bring back Rossanne!

    December 4, 2012 at 1:53 pm | Report abuse |
  4. I agree

    he needs to find the right woman - amy is a pig.

    December 2, 2012 at 10:32 am | Report abuse |
  5. the show

    is pretty funny.

    December 2, 2012 at 10:27 am | Report abuse |
  6. Girlie

    i agree out with the drudge and in with the fun...

    December 2, 2012 at 10:23 am | Report abuse |
  7. Louis

    My wife and I have been long term watchers of big bang. It has started to go down hill. We have watched Sheldon and Penny be friends then boyfriend and girlfriend then break out then back together. I think it would be great if Sheldon and Amy would have a child.It could be artifical insemination. Sheldon dealing with a pregnancy and then an infant would be great. The marriage, discussion of having a child who would be perfect, deciding how to have a child, what the deal would be for marriage, the honeymoon. Sheldon is the star of the show and he needs to be developed more.

    December 2, 2012 at 10:14 am | Report abuse |
    • Mark

      We have watched Sheldon and Penny be friends then boyfriend and girlfriend then break out then back together. ??????
      Learn to PROOF READ before you hit that "post" button there, genius boy.

      December 3, 2012 at 9:11 am | Report abuse |
    • Cat

      Sheldon and Penny never dated. It was Leonard.

      December 5, 2012 at 11:37 am | Report abuse |
    • Meh

      "Long time viewers" eh?

      December 6, 2012 at 11:36 am | Report abuse |
  8. tim

    wouldn't be surprised to see Rosanne and John Goodman make a few appearances... i miss the Rosanne show and it would be cool to see a kinda reunion of sorts for the Rosanne cast on this show 🙂

    December 1, 2012 at 8:45 am | Report abuse |
  9. g

    i think betty white should play the grandma of sheldon the one thats always stressed

    December 1, 2012 at 4:31 am | Report abuse |
  10. Kramer

    Yes, she is great and always funny.

    Enjoyed her work on Roseanne as the Snooty uptight Neighbor and on that 70's show, etc, etc... good!

    November 23, 2012 at 8:17 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Umagumma

    I am sure that the actor selected for the role of Bernadette's mom will be great. Respectfully though, my first thought was to approach Carol Kane for the part.

    November 21, 2012 at 9:06 am | Report abuse |
    • Mr. Steve

      hahaha... carol kane: perfect!!!

      November 21, 2012 at 11:19 am | Report abuse |
    • tim

      it would be a blast to see Carol Kane bring her zany Taxi character with the foreign language and accent, It would certainly give this show a huge boost 🙂

      December 1, 2012 at 8:51 am | Report abuse |
    • wjmknight

      There all a bunch of nerds, who can tell them apart.

      December 6, 2012 at 5:48 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Lisa

    Joan Rivers would be PERFECT as Mrs. Wallowitz.

    November 19, 2012 at 6:41 am | Report abuse |
  13. we shut this article up for today?

    if not we'll be back.

    November 18, 2012 at 11:23 am | Report abuse |
  14. Kyle

    Bernadets dad is not ex-military he is ex-police force. Get your facts right.

    November 18, 2012 at 9:52 am | Report abuse |
    • John

      I agree. They also left out that Amy Farrah Fowler's mom was seen via video chat

      November 22, 2012 at 9:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • Richard

      What kind of a person gets bent out of shape over the facts on a TV show? How's the rest of such a pathetic life?

      December 5, 2012 at 12:29 am | Report abuse |
    • Jamie

      They also left out that Leonard (Johnny) was also on Rosanne. Obviously, a requirement for writing these articles is not research or actually watching the show.

      December 7, 2012 at 9:15 pm | Report abuse |
  15. jmh181

    roseanne as howard's mom...just one episode where we get to see his mom in person...i am sure she could do the voice....john goodman as sheldon's dead dad...(flashback)...possibly leonard's dad

    November 16, 2012 at 10:26 pm | Report abuse |
  16. myuntidydesk

    I had pictured Bonnie Hunt as Bernadette's mom, but this woman will be great, too!

    November 16, 2012 at 3:45 am | Report abuse |
  17. history bear

    Megan Fay is actually a good physical match to play Bernadettes mother, facial shape, colloration etc. She is also capable of being quite funny. One of my favorite shows and I thinks she will be an asset. Good luck ms. Fay

    November 15, 2012 at 7:31 pm | Report abuse |
  18. BugsyB

    The show is amazingly funny if you are a nerd: Incomprehensible if you are not.

    November 15, 2012 at 3:19 pm | Report abuse |
  19. Jimmie

    I looked up Meagen Fay on IMDB. What the article doesn't mention is her very long list of credits. I don't remember her from Roseanne but rather from Malcolm in the Middle. She is quite an accomplished actress. On another note, Big Bang is my favorite TV show. Its hilarious and Kaley is adorable.

    November 15, 2012 at 1:42 pm | Report abuse |
  20. ethan davidson

    I used to like this show. It clearly had one and then two aspergers charccters, though they didn't identify as such.
    But the show started getting mean, and picking on the charectors I liked best.
    The last episode I saw had one of the "nerds" confront a childhood bully, only to be bullied by him some more. It ended with Sheldon and the other guy being chased down the streets, and this was played for laughs. I would have been screaming as loud as I could, They acted as if this was normal. After that, I concluded that the show was not funny anymore. Instead of the samrt kids gaining control, the show was showing them being retraumatized, and I'm sure that some of the kids watching felt retraumatizeded as well.

    November 15, 2012 at 4:37 am | Report abuse |
    • Stephanie

      Oh come on, get over it. I was bullied as a kid, pushed around on the school bus, hit, had stuff thrown at me and called names on a daily basis. Time for you to grow up and move on. We are growing into a nation of whiney "pity poor mes". People who have truly been brutalized need the sympathy, but for what is passing as bullying in this country is nothing more than harrassment. When are we going to stop teaching our kids that life is fair or that everyone is a "winner" in everything? Life is tough, buck up people.

      November 15, 2012 at 10:30 am | Report abuse |
    • Brian

      One of the nerds can be any one of 7 characters...but I'll let that part go. I hope you realize every episoode can't be "revenge of the nerds," In this case you are referring to Leonard and Sheldon. I cant imagine anything more realistic than an aspergers person confronting a simplistic alpha male and having it end in violence (or their emphatic avoidance of it). That's exactly how it goes in real life...except the nerds usually arent fast enough to get away, hense leonard's "I owe Penny" face tattoo. Im sorry that this brings back traumatic memories for you, to be honest I spent a good deal of time avoiding physical altercations in school, but I understand how the world works and so nothing people do suprises me anymore. If people werent inherently simple and prone to violence, Romeny wouldn't have had 44 million votes. Do you really think the bouncer type characters have to say " wow I never thought of it that way" That's the after-school-special style ending, and nothing makes me more sick to my stomach to see all that Barney the dinosaur nicey-nice nonsense. The world is brutal and people are right there with it in full stride, cutting you off in traffic, cutting you in the deli line and they give you that "what are you going to do about it?" look. Ethan try living in NJ for a week and I bet people seem downright friendly where you are. Please dont hold it against a sitcom (among the least realistic of TV shows next to reality TV or history channel's ancient alien malarkey) when they finally show a realistic reaction. There's a reason aspergers people dont fit in...because they don't. As intelligent as some of them are (and if you include leonard's mom there are 3 in the show) they are totally aloof as to the emotional states of their fellow characters. Shelldon regularly shoots in the dark because he doesnt understand figurative language. It truly is a devastating learning and social disability. If it wasnt for sheldon's idenic memory he'd be working at a grocery store bagging sundries. Im sure he'd do it in a most particular way....Im suprised u also failed to notice that the whole point of the show is Leonard's persuit of the brass ring: Penny, who is a "normie," but is literally the leftovers of all of those alpha males who we detest. In the first season over a dozen guys go in and out of her apt, including 2 who make recurring appearances to be the antagonistic bullies of our heroes. Priya is smarter and prettier than penny, but she doesn't treat leonard particularly well. Even when Leonard (charlie brown) catches a break, he really doesnt. That's the saddest part. He's fighting for scraps...and we're rooting for him. Go Leonard get that stupid naive blonde...(starts with S rhymes with mutt) across the hall. Is that really as good as it gets for him? I hope his character wears a condom.

      November 15, 2012 at 12:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jimmie

      Stephanie – Right On Girl! Said it perfectly.

      November 15, 2012 at 1:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • I have a hacker that use my name on pornsite...

      any suggestions?

      November 18, 2012 at 11:01 am | Report abuse |
  21. Wonderful Cast

    and a lovely sweet innocent addition to the show. i wish her well

    November 12, 2012 at 1:14 pm | Report abuse |
  22. 2 words

    rack meaning boobs or butt ? boobs yes they are tremendous if we are talking butt report say she is trying bid farewell to it as soon as possible–she's fully aware of what she looks like.

    November 12, 2012 at 1:12 pm | Report abuse |
  23. Rock

    That little broad who plays Bernadette has a TREMENDOUS rack

    November 12, 2012 at 12:51 pm | Report abuse |
  24. Pino

    It is a stupid show. No amount of cast changes will ever improve it. Cancel it already, along with the unwatchable "Mike & Molly" and "New Normal".

    November 12, 2012 at 12:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • funnybone1966

      You obviously have no taste. The 3 funniest shows!

      November 14, 2012 at 11:30 am | Report abuse |
    • AJ

      I agree that the New Normal is horrible, but I enjoy Mike & Molly, Big Bang is one of the best out there.

      November 15, 2012 at 9:02 am | Report abuse |
    • Stephanie

      Wow, you got no sense of humor at all! BB Theory is the best show out there and Mike & Molly a close 2nd. I'll bet your fav comedy show is "Dexter"

      November 15, 2012 at 10:35 am | Report abuse |
  25. Richard

    The best dynamic in that show was Sheldon and Penny in season 2.

    November 12, 2012 at 2:32 am | Report abuse |
  26. Sherri

    I can't place who this person is. They said she is the third, from Roseanne, but who did she play on Roseanne? I can't recall.

    November 12, 2012 at 12:36 am | Report abuse |
    • Robert

      She played the Connors' uptight yuppie neighbor.

      November 12, 2012 at 5:46 am | Report abuse |
    • Beelzel

      The "Rosanne" show had about 220+ episodes ... she, Ms Fay, is listed as being in only 4 ... no wonder

      November 15, 2012 at 10:30 am | Report abuse |
    • Maria

      I wasn't a big fan of "Cathy" on Roseanne. I would like to see the lady who played "Crystal" come on the BBT. She was hilarious!! All those "pink squirerl" drinks!

      November 15, 2012 at 12:56 pm | Report abuse |
  27. Stuart

    People don't read very well. It very clearly says "Bernadette's mom," not "Mrs. Wolowitz." Mrs, Wolowitz (Howard's mother, not Bernadette) will probably never be seen, like Frasier's Maris or Cheers's Vera.

    November 10, 2012 at 10:41 pm | Report abuse |
  28. chattycathy825

    I read that wrong LOL

    November 10, 2012 at 10:35 pm | Report abuse |
  29. chattycathy825

    Mrs. Wolowitz has been described as a very large woman. Are they planning on putting a fat suit on Meagen Fay?

    November 10, 2012 at 10:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • SciGuy73

      Meagan Fay isn't Mrs. Wolowitz, she's going to play Mrs. Rostenkowski.

      November 23, 2012 at 10:39 pm | Report abuse |
  30. Jeff

    Love Big Bang... I'd prefer his mother stay hidden. I think his mom's voice is done by Bernadette and love when
    they ( Howard & Bernadette ) holler at his mom. Don't mess with a perfect recipe !! FYI, Penny (Kaley Cuoco ) is Hot & Wonderful !!

    November 10, 2012 at 2:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • Stephanie

      actress Carol Ann Susie provides the voice for Howard's mom, although "Bernadette"does a great imitation

      November 10, 2012 at 9:47 pm | Report abuse |
  31. Very funny well written scripts.

    they signed on for more seasons...great success to the cast! they are one of a kind.

    November 10, 2012 at 1:02 pm | Report abuse |
  32. Hysterical show i love the characters...

    Twit anyone?

    November 10, 2012 at 1:00 pm | Report abuse |
  33. i'm going to my old grammar school for lunch next week.


    November 10, 2012 at 2:21 am | Report abuse |
  34. Jill

    The article writer forgot that viewers also have met Penny's dad!

    November 9, 2012 at 10:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • MaybeKatie

      I think you have comprehension problems: "Casey Sander will also revisit his role as Bernadette’s ex-military dad on the December 6 episode."

      November 16, 2012 at 1:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • SciGuy73

      I don't think it is Jill who has the reading comprehension problem here....

      November 23, 2012 at 10:34 pm | Report abuse |
  35. Tom Bruce

    I'm sure she'll be another oddball. Chuck Lorre must have had a terrible childhood. Have you noticed, ALL of the mothers on ALL of his shows: Dharma and Greg, Mike and Molly, Two and a Half Men, and the Big Bang Theory. ALL of them are far less than perfect. No Mrs. Beaver or Nelson here.

    November 9, 2012 at 9:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • Joscar

      You mean like most mothers (parents)? I loved my mother but she wasn't perfect.

      November 13, 2012 at 4:08 pm | Report abuse |
  36. big bang theory

    very funny–i try to catch it when i'm home.

    November 9, 2012 at 7:01 pm | Report abuse |
  37. babysitter

    don't feed her...this is all she does. nobody can stand her anyway–

    November 9, 2012 at 7:00 pm | Report abuse |
  38. Mandy

    the show will suffer in ratings prior to holidays–there never were ratings.

    November 9, 2012 at 6:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jamie

      How can you say there were never ratings? Their ratings have actually increased this year. 2 episodes ago was their most watched ever.

      December 7, 2012 at 9:22 pm | Report abuse |
  39. Hooboy

    Eww, ALL wrong. It should be a very short, fat older brunette.

    November 9, 2012 at 6:53 pm | Report abuse |

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