Michael Ausiello
February 04, 2009 AT 12:00 PM EST

Maybe this will get ABC to reconsider that whole open-ended hiatus thing.

The acerbictacular Christine Baranski is joining the cast of Ugly Betty as a woman whom Betty may eventually call mom.

I kid you not.

Okay, I kid you a little.

The Emmy winner will play the high society mother of Betty’s new love

interest, Matt (Daniel Eric Gold), in a minimum of three episodes.

As I previously reported, Betty meets sports writer Matt at YETI in the

Feb. 19 episode and the couple-to-be are tasked with shadowing one

another at their respective jobs.

Baranski, who just wrapped a stint as the woman who spawned Johnny

Galecki’s Leonard on CBS’ The Big Bang Theory (airing Feb. 9), is slated

to show up in mid-March, right around the time Betty starts warming the

bench for ABC.

But let’s focus on the positive: This casting rocks!

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