Big Bang Theory Scoop: Nickelodeon Star Cast as Howard's Younger Brother

Big Bang Theory Howard Brother

After bidding farewell to Howard’s mother — and beloved actress Carol Ann Susi — last month, The Big Bang Theory is adding another branch to the Wolowitz family tree.

Matt Bennett, best known for his starring role in Nickelodeon’s Victorious, has been cast as Josh, the younger half-brother of Simon Helberg’s character. Josh will show up unexpectedly on Howard’s doorstep in the April 9 episode (CBS, 8/7c), titled “The Fortification Implementation,” TVLine has learned.

Josh’s arrival is likely to strike a nerve with Howard, who’s never even mentioned his half-brother in the series’ eight-season run; the two share a father who famously abandoned him when he was still young.

In addition to Victorious, Bennett’s TV credits include roles in Nickelodeon’s iCarly and Sam & Cat.

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  1. Tran says:

    He was so freakin’ hilarious on Victorious and I couldn’t stop laughing by some of his greatest one-liners. He was also a true player in the rebooted version of Figure It Out.

  2. Wordsmith says:

    Random perhaps, but I remember him mostly for that Youtube film where everybody slaps each other in the face.

  3. David4 says:

    It would make more sense if he was a half brother through his unknown dad.

  4. Joan says:

    not sure i like this new element in the show

  5. mike says:

    This sounds like one of those really bad ideas other shows impalement to boost ratings. Nary a mention of him at all, ever. At least we’ve heard of Pennys, leanords, and even sheldons other siblings. Never met any of those.

    But randomly, out of the blue, howards got a half brother. Please don’t ruin the only good show I watch religiously. Even re-runs, over and over

    • Kathy says:

      Sheldon’s twin sister was on the show in earlier season. We have not met his brother or Leonard’s siblings.

    • dan says:

      Raj’s sister Priya also has appeared numerous times over the years. I don’t think this is a bad idea just because the brother was never mentioned. Many people have half-siblings or step-siblings that they don’t talk about for a variety of reasons.

    • KCC says:

      The article only says they cast the part of Howard’s half-brother. We don’t know he’ll become a regular member of the cast or only be in one or two episodes. Maybe Howard never mentioned him because he didn’t know he had a half-brother.

    • Bobby says:

      We HAVE met Sheldon’s Sister before.

  6. JaseNYC says:

    They’re slowly destroying this show. At this point the initial premise is completely lost.

    • DJR says:

      I agree completely. This newest “addition” is a terrible idea. There are so many good stories the writers could explore with the current cast of characters that aren’t being told (e.g., Penny’s new job and more with Penny’s father and Leonard).

      • John NYC says:

        He’s getting “introduced”, easily could be like how we’ve been introduced to Penny’s father.




    • Temperance says:

      Since the show is better than ever, I’m not sure what you mean. The Emmys keep flowing and the ratings, too.

    • KCC says:

      If they stuck with the initial premise of the show I would have stopped watching years ago. Who wants to watch a bunch of nerds pining for the cute girl next door for 8 years. I think they’ve developed the show in an entertaining way.

      • Jack says:

        Exactly. Shows, like life, evolve and change. For those that want it to only be in its original premise, I suggest you get the first season DVDs and just keep watching those over and over.

    • WorkingITfor Dollars says:

      I disagree. The initial premise was how one girl and four nerdly guys affected each others lives. This unlikely friendship evolved and watching them all grow and change, sometimes for the better and sometimes for the worse, has been one of the great pleasures of the show. How there core group interacts with OTHERs is exactly what makes the show fun.

      It’s not reasonable to think that over the course of seven years the initial 5 would have no other friends, no other family, no work changes, no other life challenges. That doesn’t happen in real life and it shouldn’t happen on a TV show, unless you like your characters deadly boring.

      If the writers didn’t bring in new faces and new situations, the 4 guys would still be sitting around the couch on Saturday night playing dungeons and dragons, while penny threw her life away in an endless string of idiot relationships. Gee what fun. And the show would have died from lack of viewers years ago.

  7. CoryB says:

    Could Howard not be aware of the half-brother until he appears on the show? Keep in mind the new character is a younger half-brother and Howard’s father has been absent for a significant period of time.

    • SAM says:

      That is what I assumed it would be about. When this mysterious younger half-brother shows up, Howard thinks that it is not the case that his father didn’t want to be a parent. He just didn’t want to be Howard’s parent.

  8. Me says:

    I was wondering when they would revisit Howard’s father. My guess is Howard had no knowledge of his younger brother.
    On a side note: this actor kind of looks like Andy Sandburg. He might need to be a relative on Brooklyn 99.

  9. Me says:

    I hope he stays, the show needs new blood..

  10. Pat says:

    Obviously, Howard did not know that he had a half-brother and that is probably why we never heard about him. I am not sure why they would introduce him now, because Howard has enough on his plate in dealing with the death of his mother.

    • Paul Hersh says:

      Remember the letters he had hidden in his closet; to be found when Sheldon cleaned that. There was one letter he read and never told content, maybe they use that as basis for this half-brother?

    • KCC says:

      I think it’s the death of Howard’s mother that’s the catalyst for his half-brother reaching out to him. The half-brother read her obituary and realized he had a half-brother named Howard and wants to connect.

  11. Christian says:

    Can everyone say “Cousin Oliver”?

    This show has seriously declined in quality in the last couple of seasons. It’s become quite boring and lame. They’ve run out of ideas for Leonard and Penny and Sheldon and Amy and recycle the same old stuff. Bernadette and Howard are filler, and they hit the wall with Raj who has never been able to be successfully paired with another (except for Stuart Bloom, a development the show mangled because of the writers’ refusal to acknowledge the gay factor in the comic book community). The Thanksgiving episode where they finally brought Raj’s father on was too boring to describe and never once used Brain George to any real capacity – he sat in the background for the entire episode! Huh? Ironic that the stars of this show have become the richest on TV just when the show has reached its pinnacle and now seems to be coasting on viewer loyalty and its past glory.

  12. Savannagh Ryane says:

    What are the producers think they are making a soap opera? Give me a break, long list half brother, forget about it!😝

  13. Savannagh Ryane says:

    No, he has to be several courses short of his masters degree, so Howard won’t always be the butt of the PH.D.s jokes and Howard will feel superior at least at first.

  14. E Huber says:

    Consider a sibling for Leonard. Jack Black comes to mind.

  15. Steve says:

    Absolutely did not like the addition of “Josh” Wolowitz on BBT!! Doesn’t fit. Hopefully they won’t continue to write him in.