'The Neighbors' hasn't exactly been flying high this year. Now in its second season, the sci-fi sitcom has seen its formerly passable ratings rapidly descend into the sub-1.0 netherrealm. Still, the show hasn't been canceled (yet), and producers aren't quite ready to give up the ghost. To that end, multiple-time Emmy winner Rhea Perlman has been signed on to guest star in an upcoming episode.
As first reported by TVLine, Perlman will play Janet, mother to Jamie Gertz' Debbie. Janet didn't let motherhood stop her from being a heavy drinking, hard partying, wild child, which led to a very strained relationship with her daughter. In an effort to fix things, Debbie takes the family over to her mom's house for a visit, and is shocked to find that Janet is not only sober, but has adopted another child. Needless to say, Debbie is not all sure whether she should take these changes at face value.
Primarily known for her work as sarcastic waitress Carla Tortelli on the blockbuster sitcom 'Cheers' from 1982-1993, Perlman has kept very busy since then. She starred in her own short-lived sitcom 'Pearl,' and then moved on to supporting roles in films and TV guest star work. She can currently be seen co-starring in 'Kirstie,' the new self-titled TV Land sitcom fronted by her old 'Cheers' co-star Kirstie Alley.
'The Neighbors' returns with new episodes on Friday, Jan. 10. Perlman's appearance will be filmed in mid-January.