Regina King, star of the TNT drama "Southland," has been tapped to guest star on the hit CBS sitcom "The Big Bang Theory," playing the director of employee relations at the university where the neurotic Sheldon Cooper (Jim Parsons) is employed.
King will play Mrs. Davis, the head of human resources, who will have the unique pleasure of questioning Sheldon after the theoretical physicist lands in hot water following an uncomfortable conversation with his sexy assistant, Alex (Margo Harshman).
She's slated to first appear in a January episode of "The Big Bang Theory," reuniting with Johnny Galecki, who plays Leonard Hofstadter, and executive producer Steven Molaro, with whom she participated in a USO Tour last spring.
On TNT's critically acclaimed "Southland," which was renewed for a fifth season set to begin Feb. 13, King plays detective Lydia Adams.
King becomes the latest guest star to join the CBS comedy this season, following "Roseanne's” Meagen Fay as Bernadette's mother, "Star Trek's" LeVar Burton, astronaut Buzz Aldrin and "Bones'" Ryan Cartwright as Penny's new classmate.
King won an NAACP Image Award for her portrayal of Margie Hendricks in the feature film “Ray,” and appeared in a nine-episode arc on the Emmy Award-winning drama, “24.” Unlike her contemporaries Todd Bridges, Gary Coleman and Dana Plato, or the most recent disasters, Britney Spears and Lindsey Lohan, King has been able to make a smooth transition from a precocious kid to an accomplished adult actress. "The Big Bang Theory" airs Thursday at 8 p.m. on CBS.
The Hollywood Reporter contributed to this report.