Big news for Chuck fans. The show’s creators/executive producers Josh Schwartz and Chris Fedak announced at Comic-Con today that sci-fi icon Linda Hamilton of Terminator franchise fame will join the cast of the NBC series in a heavily recurring rose in Season 4. She’s playing Mary Bartowski, the long-missing mother of Chuck (Zachary Levi) and Ellie (Sarah Lancaster). The identity of Mary, who disappeared from her children’s lives when they were still young, has been one of the biggest mysteries on Chuck. (Chuck’s dad has been played by another sci-fi vet, Scott Bakula.)
From the official announcement: “Hamilton will appear throughout the season, leading Chuck to discover that her life was shrouded in secrets. She was a spy, a CIA agent … and that’s just the beginning. Who is she today? One thing is certain: She’s not the soccer mom who left her children so many years ago.” Season 4 of Chuck premieres Monday, September 20th.