Michael Ausiello and Andy Patrick
October 24, 2010 AT 12:00 PM EDT

Though Kaley Cuoco’s broken leg will still be healing when she reappears as Penny on The Big Bang Theory, she’s likely to have at least a metaphorical spring in her step. Why’s that? Because Keith Carradine has just been cast as her dad!

Sources confirm to me exclusively that Dexter‘s erstwhile Frank Lundy will appear in a November episode, continuing the CBS comedy’s tradition of picking all-stars to play its main characters’ parents. Of course, what I’m really looking forward to is the inevitable future episode in which Leonard’s mother (Christine Baranski) manipulates father and daughter into family therapy. (You remember how well it went the last time the shrink got Penny to open up about her dad…)

What do you think? Is the Golden Globe winner the type that you imagined as Penny’s pop? Or did you have a better idea? Let fly those comments below.

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