Showtime’s ‘Black Monday’ Adds ‘The Big Bang Theory’ Star Melissa Rauch

The Big Bang Theory star Melissa Rauch has been tapped for a guest starring role in Showtime’s 1980s Wall Street comedy Black Monday. Rauch, best known for her role as Bernadette on the hit CBS comedy, will play Shira, the loving wife of trader Keith (Paul Scheer)

Black Monday takes us back to October 19, 1987 – aka Black Monday, the worst stock market crash in the history of Wall Street. To this day, no one knows who caused it … until now. It’s the story of how a group of outsiders took on the blue-blood, old-boys club of Wall Street and ended up crashing the world’s largest financial system, a Lamborghini limousine, Don Henley’s birthday party and the glass ceiling.

The half-hour comedy series is set up as a co-production between Showtime and Sony Pictures Television and stars Don Cheadle (House Of Lies), Andrew Rannells (Girls), Regina Hall (Girls Trip), Paul Scheer (The League), Yassir Lester (Making History), Michael James Scott (Aladdin on Broadway) and Eugene Cordero (Kong: Skull Island). Happy Endings creator David Caspe and Jordan Cahan (My Best Friend’s Girl) created the series and serve as executive producers and showrunners.

Other guest stars lined up for the show’s first season include: Bruce Dern (Big Love) as Rod, a legendary traderl Horatio Sanz (GLOW) as Wayne, a Wall Street wild man who works at Mo’s Jammer Group; Julie Hagerty (Airplane) as Georgina, the matriarch of a designer denim empire; Vanessa Bell Calloway (Shameless) as Dawn’s artist mother Ruth; Tim Russ (iCarly) as Dawn’s professor father Walter; and Jason Michael Snow (Book of Mormon) as Mike, a Broadway actor.

Owing to the fact that Black Monday is set up as a co-pro with Sony Pictures Television, it is not immediately clear if it will be covered by Showtime’s output deal with Sky or if SPT will be distributing it in the UK. The output agreement only covers Showtime originals distributed by CBS Studios International, which is why Sky Atlantic does not hold rights to Homeland or Shameless and lost out on UK rights to Roadies.