Loyal viewers of “The Big Bang Theory” are aware that Howard Wolowitz (Simon Helberg) is an only child. But as the show is changing its direction with the character, the writers have decided to introduce a half-brother in the Wolowitz family tree. Read on for more of this story.
First reported as a spoiler on E! Online, “The Big Bang Theory” is casting Matt Bennett in the role of Josh. Fans of the show will be seeing him surprise Howard in “The Fortification Implementation” episode which will air on April 9. Reports confirm that Josh is the son of Howard’s estranged father, who left his family when Howard was only 11 years old.
In one storyline in the previous season, Howard gained access to some old letters his father wrote to him. He never got to read its messages, but gave his friends the permission to read this. They still hold the secret to the letters contents, and speculations are rife that Howard’s father may also pop in the show in a future episode.
For now, however, the plan is to have Howard’s brother appear in the lone episode only. But as the producers have discussed with the press after the death of Carol Ann Susi, who voiced Mrs. Wolowitz, Howard’s mother, there will be many changes in Howard’s life moving forward.
Back in February, the producers of the show hinted about the changes after Mrs. Wolowitz died in the Feb. 19 episode (read the recap here). Susi succumb to cancer in Nov. 2014.
“It’s too soon for me to talk about it, but it can’t help but affect his life in ways that I don’t think he even expects. I find it interesting that the ways it creeps back up and affects him are ways that he wasn’t even thinking about when it happened,” said Steve Molaro, its showrunner, in The Hollywood Report interview.
Meanwhile, Bennett has previously starred in Nickelodeon TV shows like “Victorious” and “iCarly.” He was also in the movie “Bridesmaids.” The young actor is also a writer and producer who has worked with Will Ferrell and Adam McKay in the “The Virginity Hit.”
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