Alan’s ex-girlfriend is coming back.
Courtney Thorne-Smith is set to reprise her role on CBS’ Two and a Half Men in the highly anticipated ninth season.
The former Ally McBeal and Melrose Place star previously had a 10-episode arc on the show as Lyndsey McElroy, a love interest for Jon Cryer’s character Alan Harper. Lyndsey was introduced at the end of the seventh season last year, with Alan landing a model-esque ideal woman instead of Charlie. Thorne-Smith continued on the show through last fall, but then things went south between the couple (in one memorable episode, Alan accidentally burned down her house). Thorne-Smith’s last episode was in January, after Alan became convinced Lyndsey was secretly dating Charlie.
She’ll be back in a recurring role this season, but – like many plot details on Men this fall – her storyline is being kept under wraps. Also added to the Men cast this fall: Judy Greer will play new hire Ashton Kutcher’s ex wife.
For more on the new Two and a Half Men, see EW’s exclusive Q&A yesterday with star and Emmy nominee Jon Cryer where he talks about his relationship with Kutcher’s character on the show, behind the scenes details, and how Men will deal with Charlie’s death beyond the pilot.