Shirley Manson gets Terminated

Sarah Connor is taking in the Garbage. Well, actually, the sci-fi series is taking in Garbage frontwoman Shirley Manson as its newest cast member. The masterminds behind Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles have announced the Shirley will join the show for its second season. I’m going to give you all a minute to process the sheer awesomeness of this news. Perhaps a photo will help:

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the Scottish singer will play series regular Catherine Weaver, the CEO of a cutting-edge high-tech firm. No word on whether she will be on Sarah and company’s side or on the side of the machines. But the mere thought of her sharing the screen with Lena Headey and Summer Glau is enough to make me actually squeal with delight. Needless to say, be glad you weren’t sitting near me when I first read the news.

This will be Shirley’s first big foray into acting. I really have no idea what kind of actress she is, but we can only hope that she brings along that sexy Scottish accent. I’ve also always loved Shirley’s tendency to gender-bend. Normally, the news of another singer crossing over into acting elicits disgruntled groan from me. But, in this case, the there might be a groan, but it definitely won’t be disgruntled.

The Terminator film franchise spin-off returns for its sophomore season in the fall. The midseason series was the highest-rated new scripted show last season. So, what do you think Shirley will bring to the role? Or are you, like me, having trouble forming multi-syllabic words after picturing the kick-ass trio of Lena, Summer and Shirley?

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