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Rena Sofer booked on Two and a Half Men

by Allison Waldman, posted Aug 8th 2008 2:02PM
Sofer HeroesOkay, you know how on How I Met Your Mother there's a big, ongoing story about who is actually the mother? Well, I think CBS has spilled some of that storyline over to Two and a Half Men, the show that usually is paired with HIMYM on Monday nights. Why do I say this? Because they seemed to have cast a mother!

Actress Rena Sofer has been cast on Two and a Half Men as someone who played a significant role in Charlie's life and she comes back into it on September 22, the season opener. She brings along a child when she returns, a little boy -- her son -- who may have some connection to Charlie.

Now, the connection hasn't been spelled out, but if he has an affinity for booze, plays the piano, wears bowling shirts and chases little girls, you can bet he's Charlie's child. Of course, the writers will probably be more subtle, but this would be an interesting wrinkle in the show if that's the direction in which they're going.

It makes sense, too, because with all the catting around that Charlie's done, he should/could have an unknown heir out there somewhere. Also, they've been fooling around with the idea of Charlie examining his empty life and searching for something more. His near marriage in season four, then his relationship with Ming-Na, who played a judge with a young son. In those scenes with the little boy, Charlie showed how much he likes kids. Those scenes helped him became Charlie Waffles and started a new career as a kiddie crooner a la Raffi.

I'm thrilled that they've cast Rena Sofer, a favorite of mine since her days as Lois on General Hospital. She was great on Ed and Just Shoot Me, not to mention Heroes and 24, although she didn't get much to do in the latter two, in my opinion. Rena's a terrific actress and I hope Chuck Lorre gives her lots to do on Two and Half Men.

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Vincent J. Murphy

Sounds like they think the fat kid is getting too old, so they are pulling in a new "cute" kid. So we've got two jumping the shark moments: Rena, who kills shows, and introduction of a new kid, which kills shows.

August 08 2008 at 8:11 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to Vincent J. Murphy's comment

Rena also guest-starred on Spin City during the time that Charlie was on.

August 09 2008 at 12:26 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I don't get it - what does any of that have to do with How I Met Your Mother? That they both have Mom's? What am I missing here? I read the story twice and still can't figure out how "CBS has spilled some of that storyline over to Two and a Half Men". Will Charlie be one of the kids and HIMYM is actually taking place in the past and Charlie is the son who sits on the couch listening to the Dad tell dirty stories of his youth. Oh it's Friday and I need a drink.

August 08 2008 at 5:21 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Peter Lynn

Awesome! Can we get her to do According to Jim after she kills Two and a Half Men?

August 08 2008 at 5:07 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

She is great (looking), but don't most shows she is on get cancelled right after she joins? She seems bad luck...

August 08 2008 at 2:07 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Blair M

Yeah, she's a female Ted McGinley. It's a shame too because she doesn't seem like a terrible actress and she's pretty pretty.

August 08 2008 at 2:46 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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