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Scoop: Chuck Introducing Sarah's [Spoiler]!

Last year, Chuck introduced us to its title spy’s mom, Linda Hamilton. And this year? For its final season, the show is introducing Sarah’s mom, Emma. The possibly recurring character is described as a beautiful blonde who is, in essence, a walking hug. Our suggestions to play the part:

* Carrie Fisher: Not only does her Star Wars bro, Mark Hamill, guest in this season’s opener — making her casting an almost-reunion — the erstwhile Princess Leia just dropped a ton of weight. And what’s the old saying? If you lost it, flaunt it!

* Rene Russo: Check out these credentials, would ya? A past in crimefighting? Check. (Lethal Weapon 4.) An aptitude for espionage? Check. (The Thomas Crown Affair.) A sense of humor? Check. (The Adventures of Rocky & Bullwinkle.) An innate huggability? Um… Okay, on second thought…

* Cheryl Ladd: It’s been decades since this former Charlie’s Angel donned her halo, but in addition to still looking like a million bucks, the actress — who next appears on NCIS — has maintained exactly the air of sweetness that this role requires.

* Sigourney Weaver: With movie stars like Glenn Close and Laura Dern now turning to TV, is it out of the question to think that the Alien ass-kicker might, too? Especially for a one-season deal? (If it is out of the question, please don’t spoil the dream for us, okay?)

* Lynda Carter: OK, Chucksters, you didn’t listen when we suggested the onetime Wonder Woman to play your leading man’s mom. So how about your leading lady’s? Do you need a reminder that she looks great with fair hair, too?

Okay, your turn. Do you like one of our picks, or do you have someone else in mind when you picture Sarah’s mom? Vote in our poll and then state your case in the comments!



Comments (69)

  • wooooo this is great news! can’t wait to have chuck back on my tv screen! :D i think Lynda Carter would be a great mom for sarah

    Comment by britt – September 26, 2011 11:02 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Rene Russo!!! I LOVED her in Lethal Weapon 3 and 4 – she’d be so awesome… No real resemblance to Yvone Strahovski, though.

    Comment by Jim – September 26, 2011 11:06 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Well, since the description calls for a “blonde,” you’d think there would be more than one option on that list who is.

    Comment by Stephanie – September 26, 2011 11:07 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • In this day and age, blonde is easily done … and long as there is no close up on the roots of the hair!

      I say Linda Carter and Chuck or Morgan says the predictable, “What a wonderful woman.” & she accidentally calls Casey Steve

      Comment by PPPG – September 26, 2011 12:14 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Considering that most of those women are not blondes, how about a few other suggestions besides Cheryl Ladd (who is):

    Charlene Tilton
    Shelley Long (starred with Gary Cole in movie version of Brady Brunch and Cole plays Sarah’s dad.)
    Janine Turner (she’s blonde now.)

    Comment by Gambs – September 26, 2011 11:19 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • * No. (Tilton’s a midget.)
      .
      * Ut, No. (Shelly Long looks nothing like Strahotski and, frankly, she’s annoying.)
      .
      * And hell no. (Janine Turner doesn’t project Strahotski’s compassion. Moreover, her heart-shaped face makes her look nothing like Strahotski.)

      Comment by Rob J. – September 26, 2011 11:40 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • If the description is beautiful blonde, why are you suggesting Carrie Fisher? Even after her weight loss she isn’t Sarah Walker beautiful. But, ya know, keep suggesting the typical “nerd” people for Chuck. Its clearly what everyone wants.

    Comment by JP – September 26, 2011 11:24 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Peggy Lipton, Cybill Sheperd, Donna Dixon.

    Comment by Richard – September 26, 2011 11:25 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Peggy Lipton is a GREAT suggestion.

      Comment by Matt Webb Mitovich – September 26, 2011 11:54 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Cybill is already Shawn’s mom :) (on Psych, that is)

      And she no longer looks as amazing as Cheryl Ladd.

      Comment by Cathy – September 26, 2011 12:24 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Peggy Lipton. That’s perfect.

      Comment by Sue – September 26, 2011 01:29 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Peggy Lipton is PERFECT.

      Comment by LoopyChew – September 27, 2011 05:35 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Kim Basinger

    Comment by Harku – September 26, 2011 11:30 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • First choice: Kim Basinger

      Second choice: Cheryl Ladd

      Comment by Cathy – September 26, 2011 12:28 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Kim Bassinger would fit very well for what is described, my vote goes to Jeri Ryan, she also acts like Sarah Walker, in addition to resembling Yvonne

    Comment by jason – September 26, 2011 11:34 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • After seeing Jeri Ryan in a recent ep of “Warehouse 13″ I am definitely liking this suggestion. She’s always been a beautiful bombshell (rather like Yvonne don’tcha think) but she was more approachable in that episode.

      Comment by Maryb889 – September 30, 2011 10:45 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Hey–I was for Lynda Carter last year too. Excited for this, all of your choices are great. I’d love Ladd in the role as well.

    Comment by Jayne – September 26, 2011 11:35 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • What about Kim Bassinger? Vicki Vale herself!

    Comment by Mike – September 26, 2011 11:36 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • YES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      Great suggestion!!! It would be a reference to the pilot!!!!!!!!!

      Comment by Cathy – September 26, 2011 12:27 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • First of all, holy crap on a cracker! That is one heck of a casting scoop! And I agree with some of the folks above, Vicki Vale herself, Kim Basinger!

    Comment by Marianne – September 26, 2011 11:41 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I vote for Rene Russo. She’s come out of retirement (playing Thor’s mother, Frigga, in, uh, “Thor.”), she’s, okay, blonde and, moreover, she projects the same sort of mix of sexiness, compassion and humor that Yvonne does. I could see Sarah being pulled between Russo and Cole.

    Comment by Rob J. – September 26, 2011 11:44 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Forgot a couple of things:
      .
      Jeri Ryan?! As Sarah’s long-lost older sister, maybe. But c’mon! They read as waaaaaaaaay closer in age than Lorelai and Rory. Seven (or Nine) years difference, tops.
      .
      Kim Basinger? That would require Basinger being able to play a convincing spy. Survey says, “Bzzt!”

      Comment by Rob J. – September 26, 2011 11:49 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • Who says that Emma character is a spy?

        Comment by Harku – September 26, 2011 11:52 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • “Jeri Ryan”

        “Seven (or Nine)”

        Nice one.

        Comment by KJohnson – September 27, 2011 08:08 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • Julia Stiles look VERY alike Yvonne and can play Sarahs long lost sister

        Comment by Gary B – October 13, 2011 01:56 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Rene Russo — all of the above previously cited, plus she conveys a great mix of warmth and sexiness. She’s also tall.

    Comment by JD – September 26, 2011 11:52 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • My vote goes to Jane Seymour personally. She can pull off blonde pretty well, has a resemblance to Yvonne, and certainly has geek cred.

    Plus I think it would be funny to find out Sarah has a British accent that she’s been hiding (which she got from her mom), allowing Yvonne to use her real Aussie accent for a few scenes.

    I know there are differences between Aussie and British accents, but close enough right?

    Comment by Stral – September 26, 2011 12:01 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Yvonne said in an interview some time ago (before season 5 returned to production IIRC) that she wanted to resolve Sarah’s “mystery mother” this season… so it’s not exactly a huge revelation that it’s going to happen.

    Comment by DngnRdr – September 26, 2011 12:12 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Cybill Shepherd was good as Julie Benz’s mom in No Ordinary Family.

    She gets my vote

    Comment by dkd – September 26, 2011 12:19 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • It might be interesting to see Sharon Stone in the role.

    Comment by Frank – September 26, 2011 12:25 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • This is the best news in all the land! Lynda Carter FTW!

    Runner ups, apart from your list: Michelle Pfeiffer, Kim Basinger, Meg Ryan, Cybil Shepherd, Candice Bergen, Stephanie Zimbalist, Heather Locklear, Erin Gray, Lindsay Wagner. More to come ;).

    Comment by Jem – September 26, 2011 12:31 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • FIRST CHOICE: Kim Basinger (Vicki Vale – pilot reference!!!)

    SECOND CHOICE: Cheryl Ladd

    Jery Ryan is way too young.
    Carrie Fisher? Really? To play Strahovski’s mom? Was it sarcasm?
    Sigourney Weaver couldn’t look more different than Strahovski.
    Rene Russo and Lynda Carter don’t look like Yvonne either.

    Comment by Cathy – September 26, 2011 12:33 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • A walking hug?! There goes my theory that Sarah’s mom is a cut throat politician on the Joint Intelligence Committee who is behind the whole conspiracy mentioned at the end of last season. Unless her huggability (not sure if that’s a word) is actually a ruse to get people to trust. Ooh… the possibilities.

    Comment by Jake – September 26, 2011 12:42 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Sigourney Weaver rocked the blond hair in Galaxy Quest – and her comedic chops!

    Comment by Amy – September 26, 2011 12:45 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • My choices: Jodie Foster, Charlize Theron, or Diane Kruger, All of which would probably never do it.

    Comment by Chris – September 26, 2011 12:53 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Olivia Newton-John! Keep the mom Aussie like Yvonne

    Comment by Carmichael – September 26, 2011 01:44 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I’m saying either Cheryl Ladd or as was said…Kim Basinger

    Comment by Michael – September 26, 2011 01:45 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Loni Anderson!

    Comment by Scott – September 26, 2011 01:55 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Cheryl Ladd or Lynda Carter. One of Charlie’s former Angels or Wonder Woman. :D

    Comment by Summer – September 26, 2011 01:57 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Maria Bello. Mr Smith was Chuck’s Dad, and Mrs Smith as Sarah’s mum. (Talking the TV show, not the movie.) How cool would that be!

    Comment by astral_monkey – September 26, 2011 02:00 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Lindsay Wagner. Right, Bill? ;-)

    Comment by verkisto – September 26, 2011 03:39 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Carrie Fisher? Have you seen her lately? I wouldnt suggest her being mom to Morgan-or even Lester! YUCK! She needs a hottie, like
    Cheryl, who still looks bangin, babe!

    Comment by brutony – September 26, 2011 03:52 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • My personal choice is Ms Meryl Streep, who is probably way too expensive for Chuck.

    But hey, not only is she a great actress, she was a pretty hot blonde in her youth too.

    Comment by Derrick – September 26, 2011 04:02 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Michelle Pfeiffer would be great !

    Comment by Nick59 – September 26, 2011 04:10 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Two words: SUZANNE SOMERS!!!!!

    If not her, then Morgan Fairchild or Ann-Margret!

    Comment by Charles Ellis – September 26, 2011 04:45 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Morgan Fairchild’s Captain Awesome’s Mother…..Oh my god TWIST!!!

      Comment by Chris – September 26, 2011 05:57 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • Lmao! Awesome :-)

        Comment by ultimate troll – September 26, 2011 10:02 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • walking hug….Patricia Clarkson! She was in Mother Lover, too. Game for some humor.

    Comment by Sarah's Mom – September 26, 2011 04:53 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Good one with Patricia Clarkson. Did not think of that. Here’s a new name: Rachel Hunter. If you don’t believe it, may I suggest watching a Fountains of Wayne video from a few years back about someone’s mom.

      (and how cool would it be to use that as Rachel Hunter’s slo-mo walk-into-the-Buy-More song? I’d pay FoW to rewrite the song!)

      Comment by PJM – September 27, 2011 08:49 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Lucy Lawless – I know the age difference isn’t that great. But you just know the Gary Cole character would taken a teenage bride. And please let Lucy speak Australian.

    Comment by chuckmaven666 – September 26, 2011 05:32 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Lucy Lawless is from New Zealand.

      Comment by Bex0202 – September 27, 2011 05:45 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • personally i was hoping for them to get olivia newton john to play sarah’s mother.

    Comment by David W – September 26, 2011 08:58 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • OMG!!! Can’t wait to see Sarahs’ mom on Chuck..this season in going to be epic!!! (it really should last 22 episodes:()
    Great spoiler!

    Comment by Mdz – September 26, 2011 09:04 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Susan Anton.
    Cheryl Ladd.
    Bo Derek.

    I’ll take any of those three.

    Comment by ultimate troll – September 26, 2011 10:01 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Helen Slater(aka Supergirl), even though the movie was very forgettable
    Laura Linney
    Oliva Newton-John would be legend — in the words of a Dr. Horrible himself — dary

    Comment by Jericho227 – September 26, 2011 11:40 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • My nominee is Kelly Rowan.She’s the best for this role:)

    Comment by tuce – September 27, 2011 12:34 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Lindsay Wagner

    Comment by Cindy – September 27, 2011 08:16 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Interesting but Jeri Ryan is SO not old enough to be Yvonne/Sarah’s mother. Beautiful enough but no old enough. And that kind of insults Jeri Ryan that anyone would think she could have a late 20s/early 30s daughter.

    Comment by catbean – September 27, 2011 09:47 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Yeah, she’s 14 years older than Yvonne Strahovski so that would kind of make Sarah’s dad a major perv.

      Comment by fact checker – September 27, 2011 02:18 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • It’s nonsense that Jeri Ryan couldn’t play “older” than she really is. The rest of the cast could comment on how hot she looks for her age. I have no trouble picturing Gary Cole with Jeri Ryan. Remember Sean Connery playing Harrison Ford’s dad? That worked very well, and he is only a few years older than Harrison Ford.

      Comment by SpyTV – September 29, 2011 04:04 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Weird thought, I know, but how about Diane Keaton? Although, I love the idea of Olivia Newton-John, too.

    Although, with this age of quite a few women dying their hair, I’m not too concerned if Sarah’s mom isn’t blonde, or thin, or any of that.

    Comment by Kim – September 27, 2011 11:08 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • How about Goldie Hawn?!

    Comment by Melanie – September 27, 2011 03:41 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Helen Slater would be my number one as well….and a suggestion out of left field is Heather Locklear

    Comment by laxin – September 27, 2011 05:01 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Lindsey Wagner!

    Comment by Laurie – September 27, 2011 08:52 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I think Lena Headey should be on the show in some way. They’ve been bringing in all kinds of actors with the Terminator theme, why not bring in the other Sara Connor. The in-laws can have a little comedy or something.

    Comment by joann blair – September 27, 2011 10:55 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • That is actually an awesome idea. Both their mom’s would be Sara Conner’s and we’ve seen Headey pull off blonde (even evil yellowy blonde) on Game of Thrones. I just wonder if “walking hug” is in her range…knowhatimean?

      Comment by oh hell yeah – September 28, 2011 01:43 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I’m so glad we get to finally meet Sarah’s mom!

    Comment by Loni – September 28, 2011 10:24 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • My choice would be Christine Baranski.

    Pro: right age, blond, both Polish origins, good chemisty with Gary Cole (if he would recur as Sarah’s father), can play comedy and drama (required for Chuck), “good connection with nerds” (see TBBT).

    Const: conflict in schedule with The Good Wife? Name not big enough?

    Comment by Arsimo – September 30, 2011 05:27 AM PDT  Reply To This Post

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