Armchair Casting Director: Who should play Chuck's [spoiler alert]?

chuck-momsImage Credit: Chuck: Mitchell Haaseth/NBC; David Gabber/PR PhotoSPOILER ALERT: If you have yet to watch last night’s Chuck finale, stop reading now. I repeat, if you have yet to watch last night’s Chuck finale, stop reading now. For the last time, if you have yet to watch last night’s Chuck, stop reading now. Everyone else, onward and downward…

Since last night’s season finale of Chuck revealed that the Everyspy’s absentee mom isn’t gonna be MIA for much longer, I have three words for you: Armchair. Casting. Director. Who should play Mary Elizabeth Bartowski, a.k.a. the cult fave’s new secret agent lady? Here are my picks:

Sean Young: If she isn’t as crazy as they used to say, and if she’s still got the chops that made her a Next Big Thing in the ’80s, she could be swell. (Remember, she was actually good in No Way Out.) Heaven knows, since she’s doing soaps now — she just signed on for a stint on The Young and the Restless — she’s majorly available.

Lynda Carter: Even without the bullet-deflecting bracelets and invisible jet, the erstwhile Wonder Woman would be a force to be reckoned with. And, thanks to Diana Prince, we already know she’s a master of disguise — a must for any Mata Hari type, right?

Jane Badler: Yeah, yeah, I know you love the new V, but for my money, there will never be a bigger badass than the original miniseries’ Diana. With nothing more than a withering stare, she can make mice of men. And then devour them. Hot. Cool. Terrifying!

Kate Jackson: This one’s almost too perfect. She has a history of crimefighting (Charlie’s Angels), espionage experience (Scarecrow and Mrs. King), and golly, isn’t it a shame they killed off Scott Bakula before they got to a play a scene together? If she could spark with Bruce Boxleitner — and she did — she and Bakula woulda plum combusted.

Jamie Lee Curtis: The legendary Halloween scream queen would have to dye her new silver ‘do dark again to play Chuck’s brunette mom, but it might be worth a trip to the salon. Like True Lies, the show’s mix of comedy and adventure would play right to her strengths. Um, maybe we don’t have to have her strip this time, though…

So those are my top choices. Who are yours? Let loose below!

Related: Read Ken Tucker’s review of the finale

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  • Marty McKee

    JoBeth Williams

    • Bobby’s Robot

      Funny, that’s the first name that came to my mind! But I’d really love to see Kate Jackson.

      • Stevie P UK

        Kate Jackson would be good but, ***Sigourney Weaver*** would be sooo much better!!! I know it’d never happen but she’d be AWESOME!!!

      • Strepsi

        Casting for the mother: someone (like Bakula) who has been in Sci-Fi or genre TV or movies, a femme fatale, and good actor. My first choice was Lena Olin, but Alias did her already.
        1) Linda Fiorentino
        2) Linda Hamilton
        3) Lynda Carter (because Ellie looks EXACTLY like her)
        Basically, someone named Linda.

      • Yve

        Lynda Carter would be perfect, I agree!!!

      • renee

        like jobeth, also like jamie lee. and she can wear and wig. she kicked plenty butt in true lies.

    • jd

      Diane Franklin from Better off Dead

      • Hoboken Spy

        How about Kate Mulgrew aka Admiral Kathyrn Janeway from Star Trek Voyager? I am not a trekkie, but know she has major clout with the fanboy / nerd fans and is age appropriate for the role.

    • jd

      Angelina Jolie

      • TKA

        Nooo…. much too young.

    • Brian

      Gillian Anderson!

      • Shiny

        Good one!

      • Emma

        Love her, but she’s only 12 years older than Zachary Levi.

    • t.t

      Cristine Rose peter’s mom from heroes

    • LOL

      Laura Bush as The Joker.

    • Debs

      Is Michelle Forbes too young?

  • Marty McKee

    JoBeth Williams

    • jd

      Diane Franklin from Better off Dead

      • Hoboken Spy

        How about Kate Mulgrew aka Admiral Kathyrn Janeway from Star Trek Voyager? I am not a trekkie, but know she has major clout with the fanboy / nerd fans and is age appropriate for the role.

      • Erik

        Nooo… that voice… not LOL

    • jd

      Angelina Jolie

    • Debs

      Is Michelle Forbes too young?

      • Caz

        Verrrrrrry good. I don’t think she’s too old. I don’t think Cristine Rose is too old, either, come to that.

      • Liz

        Exactly who I was thinking! I was particularly thinking of her from her 24 days, which also made me think of Sarah Clarke. She’s really too young, but how awesome would it be for Chuck’s mom to be Nina Myers!

    • Amy

      No, Jo Beth Williams plays Bizzy Montgomery, the mother of Addison on Private Practice. I want her back on PP, not on Chuck !

  • Em

    Jaclyn Smith!

    • p

      Agreed!!!!!!!!

  • Em

    Jaclyn Smith!

    • p

      Agreed!!!!!!!!

  • Francesca

    Sela Ward!

    • Kate

      Awesome choice. My first pick as well!

    • ultrawoman

      Love her! Awesome suggestion.

    • PiratesDaughter

      Sela Ward would be so perfect my head would ‘splodey all over the TV.

    • Alia

      Sela Ward is my second choice, after Lynda Carter.

    • Kathy Bergeron

      Love Sela Ward–but not sure she could pull off the “spy mind-set” too well. I guess anybody but Kate Mulgrew would be fine with me; she makes my head hurt with that voice.

    • levelheaded

      OH EM GEE!! Sela Ward would be awesome.

      I need to see if I can go watch some old Sisters re-runs…

    • Ellen in NYC

      Sela Ward is my first choice.

  • Francesca

    Sela Ward!

    • PiratesDaughter

      Sela Ward would be so perfect my head would ‘splodey all over the TV.

    • mal

      great suggestion. i’m on board with sela ward.

      • Nicole

        I’m on board with Sela Ward as well!!! Haven’t seen her since Once & Again – plus, I could see her being Ellie’s mom.

    • Cass

      I definitely like that suggestion.

    • Alia

      Sela Ward is my second choice, after Lynda Carter.

    • Kathy Bergeron

      Love Sela Ward–but not sure she could pull off the “spy mind-set” too well. I guess anybody but Kate Mulgrew would be fine with me; she makes my head hurt with that voice.

    • levelheaded

      OH EM GEE!! Sela Ward would be awesome.

      I need to see if I can go watch some old Sisters re-runs…

  • Em

    Cybil Shepherd!

  • Em

    Cybil Shepherd!

    • DUSTIN

      SHES ALREADY SHAWN’S MOM!

  • Alex

    How could you leave Lena Olin off your list?

    • doctorevil

      lena olin! first sydney bristow’s mom now chuck! awesome choice

    • Zoe

      Good idea!

    • Akane

      Yeah that sounds like a good, choice, especially considering that after last night all I can think of is Chuck = Sidney, weird.

    • Shiny

      Ooh, such a good choice!

  • Alex

    How could you leave Lena Olin off your list?

    • Zoe

      Good idea!

    • Shiny

      Ooh, such a good choice!

    • Rachel

      Lena Olin makes great Spy Mommy. My one and only choice.

  • tjj50

    Isabella Rosellini?

    • Em

      Yay! Isabella Rosellini! (She might be ungettable for this, though…)

      • Amanda

        Actually she’s probably available since she only seems to be doing animal porn these days.

      • JFowler11

        If she had time for “30 Rock” (playing Jack’s ex-wife), she’d probably have time for “Chuck.” Isabella – great pick! The show needs an international angle…

  • tjj50

    Isabella Rosellini?

    • Em

      Yay! Isabella Rosellini! (She might be ungettable for this, though…)

      • Amanda

        Actually she’s probably available since she only seems to be doing animal porn these days.

      • JFowler11

        If she had time for “30 Rock” (playing Jack’s ex-wife), she’d probably have time for “Chuck.” Isabella – great pick! The show needs an international angle…

    • Alex

      Or perhaps Sonia Braga? They could just get all the Derevko sisters.

      • Shiny

        Sonia played Jen Garner’s spy aunt, she can totally be Chuck’s mom.

  • Em

    Stephanie Zimbalist! (How sad that I not only remember her, but I remember how to spell her name…)

    • Ron

      Yeah, but she’s a lousy actress. Go back and watch Remington Steele reruns. It’s painful.

      • Emily

        Blasphemy!!! Remington Steele was the best!!! :) Okay, yes, maybe a little painful but it was just plain ol’ good fun.

      • Deb

        Ohhh, bring Doris Roberts in as a grandparent spy!

  • Em

    Stephanie Zimbalist! (How sad that I not only remember her, but I remember how to spell her name…)

    • Diane

      Stephanie would be great. Although, she’s in pretty good shape right now and really wouldn’t look old enough. But, that would be fun.

  • Mark

    Are we sure Chuck’s dad is actually, you know, not alive? They were right near a cell regeneration lab at the Ring base.

    • Ellie

      I wondered about that. Add to it, I don’t think Ellie would have overlooked collecting his body for a funeral; no matter what was going on.

      • Christie

        I wondered about the body as well. Poor guy doesn’t get a funeral (and they could have used his ‘governator’ watch too). But unless Dad was wearing a bullet-proof vest it seems more likely that he’s dead.

      • Mary

        No his governator watch broke when he hit the ground. Didn’t you see the face shatter and the light flash?

      • Nee Nee

        He could totally still be alive. After all, it’s not like the show is very realistic. While we’re mentioning Lena Olin (who would be pretty good for the role, but my favorite prospect is Lynda Carter), the show is kind of making me think of a comic version of Alias lately.

    • colin

      Plus at the big “im not who you think I am either” reveal in season 2 he mentioned how “Orion has had to die quite a few times now”…

    • Dan

      Of course he’s still alive!!!!

    • Josh

      Even if he isn’t alive, they could still spark the love between Bakula and the mother in a flashback.

    • Shiny

      Exactly, I’m sure that’s why Chuck was like “hey there’s a regeneration chamber in here!” I expected Borgs to pop up after he said that. Still, I cried like a baby, poor Chuck!

    • Kathy Bergeron

      I had EXACTLY the same thought. In fact that the end when Casey’s daughter knocked on the door, I half expected it to be Daddy Bartowski!

    • Sheikia

      Ya I mean they made a big deal about showing a cellular regeneration machine and then it had no relevance to the episode so obviously they are going to bring him back

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