As far as mother-related TV reveals go, it’s Suburgatory 1, How I Met Your Mother 0.
After an exhaustive search, ABC’s sophomore comedy has tapped Malin Akerman (Rock of Ages, Childrens Hospital) to play Alex, the estranged mother of Jane Levy‘s Tessa, TVLine has learned.
Alex, who will appear in this season’s Thanksgiving and Christmas episodes, is described as a beautiful, free-spirited singer/songwriter who’s never met her daughter. Her urge to form a relationship with Tessa has finally outweighed her fear and shame so she attempts to spend the holidays with her, hoping that the past won’t haunt either of them anymore.
“I’m a huge, nerdy fan [of Malin’s] and this was an extensive search for the right actress to play such a pivotal role in our show,” raved series creator Emily Kapnek. “It turned out to be well worth the wait. She’s funny, gorgeous and incredibly charismatic, and I know her chemistry with Jeremy Sisto and Jane Levy is going to be off the charts. Malin is a comedy writer’s dream, both beautiful and comedically fearless. I’m over the moon about her agreeing to play Alex.”
Last spring, Akerman — whose credits also include the big screen comedies Couples Retreat and 27 Dresses — snagged a lead role opposite Portia de Rossi in the ABC pilot The Smart One, but the project failed to earn a spot on the network’s fall schedule.
Suburgatory‘s second season premieres Oct. 17 at 9:30/8:30c.