‘Big Bang’ makes Melissa Rauch a series regular

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With little fanfare, "The Big Bang Theory" has added a sixth series regular, bumping Melissa Rauch (Bernadette) to full-time status starting with Thursday's episode.

Rauch made five appearances last season on "Bang" as the romantic interest of Simon Helberg's Howard. She disappeared without explanation before the season ended, then returned with explanation (she was jealous of Howard having vidgame sex with another person) Oct. 14.

A stand-up comic who starred in her own one-woman show, "The Miss Education of Jenna Bush," Rauch previously has had recurring roles on "True Blood" and "Kath & Kim."

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