‘Chuck’ it out: ‘Terminator’ tough gal Linda Hamilton is joining the NBC spy comedy in the recurring role of badass Mama Bartowski.
Explaining the character’s introduction, which was teased in the season finale, series boss Josh Schwartz told the Comic-Con crowd on Saturday, “‘Chuck’ fans have long wondered about the circumstances surrounding Chuck and Ellie’s mysterious mother, Mary Bartowski, who disappeared from her children’s lives when they were still young.”
Hamilton’s appearances as Mary will in turn lead Chuck “to discover that her life was shrouded in secrets. She was a spy, a CIA agent … and that’s just the beginning,” Schwartz teased. “Who is she today? One thing is certain: She’s not the soccer mom who left her children so many years ago.”
Hamilton will first appear in the September 20 season premiere – the same episode guest-starring Olivia Munn as a CIA agent code-named “Greta” and ‘Rocky IV’ Russkie Dolph Lundgren as a big bad.
More ‘Chuck’ intel from the Comic-Con panel revealed that in the wake of the Buy More’s season-ending destruction… the electronics mecca will be back, but now owned and operated by Uncle Sam. That’s where “Greta” comes in: A rotation of guest stars, starting with Munn and followed in Episode 2 by Old Spice pitchman Isaiah “I’m On A Horse” Mustafa, will play the Buy More cover operation’s overseer. And be they female or male, they’ll go by “Greta.”