Exclusive: Big Bang Theory Enlists Arrested Development's Jessica Walter!

It’s official: Jessica Walter’s career is on fire!

The inimitable Arrested Development matriarch, who is currently juggling her Archer voiceover duties with a starring role in the new TV Land sitcom Retired at 35, has booked a guest stint on CBS’ The Big Bang Theory.

Sources confirm to me exclusively that Walter will play Barbara Latham, a wealthy donor to the university whose upcoming grant to the science department may be contingent upon Leonard (Johnny Galecki) compromising his virtue.

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The episode, slated to air in February, also features a guest turn by The West Wing‘s Josh Malina as university president Arlo Seibert, whose “one of the guys” attitude wears thin on Sheldon (Jim Parsons) and Co.



Comments (19)

  • Don’t forget her role in the upcoming production of Anything Goes on Broadway! I love her so much, glad she’s getting so much work.

    Comment by Andy G. – January 9, 2011 12:28 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Excellent news… great to see her back on television (other than Archer)

    Comment by toast – January 9, 2011 12:50 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Malina seems like a perfect fit for BBT. Looking forward to it!

    Comment by Stelt5 – January 9, 2011 12:59 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • if leonard has to sleep with the lady to get the donation and he does i will stop watching the show. i luv leonard and wont see him act like that

    Comment by Anna – January 9, 2011 02:09 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Act like what? Leonard has been a slut since day 1. It’s what I love about him.

    Comment by Doug – January 9, 2011 03:13 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Uh, sleep with Jessica Walter? Darn, the things university researchers have to do. Who cares if she makes a donation or not? I’ve had a crush on her since “Play Misty For Me”. Go for it, Leonard!

    Comment by ErrolSynn – January 9, 2011 03:47 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Her?

    Comment by Meg – January 9, 2011 03:57 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
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      Comment by Ryan – January 9, 2011 07:25 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Shades of Two and a half men when Allan was propositioned by Cloris Leachmen’s character. She would give him his own franchise of Chiropractic centers if he slept with her.The result was somewhat predictable. Nothing new here, move along.

    Comment by Colleen S – January 9, 2011 05:13 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
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