When a television series brings on a new main character, it opens the door for a slew of other supporting characters; specifically, family and friends. When Ashton Kutcher signed on to Two and a Half Men, producers must have decided this would be a good opportunity to bring in some noteworthy guest starts to play the various interesting loved ones of Kutcher’s emotionally taut internet billionaire, Walden Schmidt.
We already met Schmidt’s ex-wife, Bridget (Judy Greer in a recurring role). And now, we’re going to meet his mom. At least two episodes will welcome veteran film actor Mimi Rogers to the Two and a Half Men set to play Schmidt’s primatologist mother.
Two and a Half Men was originally a series about a family—focusing on the relationship between two dissimilar brothers, one’s slacker son, and their tyrannical mother—so it makes sense that Schmidt’s family is being gradually introduced to audiences. We began with his ex-wife, who brought out an explosion of insecurities and emotions in the fragile billionaire. It’s likely we’ll see some turmoil come out with the introduction of his mother. After all, when has a sitcom brought in a central character’s parent without the intention of driving him or her crazy?
But this leads to promise of further family members. Maybe Schmidt has a dissimilar brother of his own? Maybe an overbearing father, or a jealous cousin? The opportunities for guest casting on a show like this are endless. And you can’t go wrong starting out with the great Mimi Rogers.