Armchair Casting Director: 'Fringe'

fringeImage Credit: Liane Hentscher/FoxIt looks like Olivia’s going to be stuck “over there” for a decent chunk of time when Fringe returns this fall. I say this because the search is on for an actress to play her alterna-verse mom for a four-episode arc. The deets…

Olivia’s Mother: Described as lovely and together, Mama D. loves her daughter very much and is even more devoted since she lost her other daughter in childbirth. Seeking a Caucasian actress in her 50s or 60s.
Armchair Casting Director’s Suggestion: Rene Russo.

Got casting tips of your own? Deposit them in the comments!

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  • Peek

    They’re going to use the mother to mess up with Olivia.

    • Semaphore

      I think they’ll use the mother in the alt-verse to free Olivia.

      • Matt

        Possible endgame for the show, when it ends, Olivia, Rachel, and “Mother” living together in one universe or the other? Probably going to come up this season.

    • Barb

      Hmmm… hadn’t thought of that. I was thinking mom was good, and I was thinking… Helen Slater, Lynda Carter…

  • Myke25

    Blythe Danner

    • Ames


    • Valerie

      Seriously perfect!

    • Bruce_F

      I was going to suggest her myself so you’ve certainly got my vote.

    • Mo


    • Rishi

      Was going to suggest her as well.

    • JeffDJ

      Thumbs up to the Blythe Danner casting idea!!

    • Kathleen

      Yes, yes, yes.

      • sramv9

        i was going to say go with an unknown, but Blythe Danner would be great

  • littlefluffycat

    Jamie Lee Curtis! She’s built more like Olivia, & moves the same way.

    • ythu

      She is already going to be on Chuck next season playing his mother.

      • Don

        I didn’t see that as being confirmed. I thought that was just a suggestion by Ausielo.

      • ythu

        Matt Rusch confirmed it on TV Cuide

  • Caroline

    Rene Russo is great. I would love to see Christine Lahti play Olivia’s mom.

  • Doug

    Helen Mirren

    • Cydney

      Helen Mirren!!!!

      Ann Margaret

  • Aliasnews

    what about Glenn Close? Would love to see her in FRINGE

    • Wil

      Oh yes, that would be awesome!

  • Luke

    Deidre Hall from Days of Our Lives

    • Levi

      I love you for that suggestion.

    • ET

      Yes! Deidre Hall would be great!

    • Melinda65

      Deidre Hall certainly would be able to handle the weirdness on Fringe; once you’ve been possessed by the devil, not much fazes you.

      • Grace

        Totally agree! Deidre Hall would be awesome in this role! She’s done everything else to perfection!

    • Gracie

      Deidre would be a great choice!

    • claud

      Deidre Hall would be perfect!

      • Patricia

        Deidre Hall would be a fabulous choice!! She’s fantastic!

    • Julia

      Deidre would be fabulous in this role! Perfect suggestion!!!

    • Maggie

      This is a wonderful idea. Deidre would be perfect for the role of the mother!

    • Linda

      Fab idea! She would bring enough wackiness to the role to fit right in!

    • Milene

      I would so tune in if Deidre Hall came to Fringe!!! Great idea!

  • Mells

    Is Rene Russo even in her 50’s? I could get behind that casting. I also could see Lena Olin or Blythe Danner in this role. Can’t wait to see who they cast!

    • Eugenia

      Yes! Lena Olin would be great! Jamie Lee Curtis wouldn’t be a bad idea either… but I’m kinda used to seeing her in funny roles =)

      • Billie

        Lena Olin is fantastic. I believe she could play anything so I could totally get behind her in this

  • jj

    how about MADONNA or Cyndi lauper?
    then they can make another musical episode.

  • Keith

    Tyne Daly

  • Celimene

    Rene Russo would be perfect. She doesn’t get nearly as much work as she should.

  • Mandi

    Definitely Blythe Danner.

  • Katarzyna

    Agree. Rene Russo would be perfect for the part.
    And @Mells, she’s already 56.

  • Semaphore

    Someone from Mistresses, just like Orla Brady and Anna Torv.

  • Craig

    Sela Ward, Joan Allen, or Jane Seymour

    • T

      I like the Joan Allen idea.

      • tina

        Deidre Hall would be great!

      • Ann

        agree, Deidre Hall would be awesome.

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