The reconciliation of a mother and daughter is heightened at Christmas time, the very holiday that created their painful estrangement. J.J. Jenner (CARLY POPE) has always felt diminished by her magnetic mother Lee (CHRISTINE BARANSKI) and has used her smarts to define her success. But when her mom visits unexpectedly and starts driving her crazy, J.J. gets handsome restaurant owner, Alex Termadopolis (BOBBY CANNAVALE) to take her mom out over the next couple of weeks in exchange for a review. J.J. is caught by surprise when she realizes she herself is falling in love with Alex.
More about Christine Baranski (courtesy of Biography.com):
[Baranski] made her television debut in soap operas like “All My Children” and “Another World.” After subsequent years of guest starring on shows like The Equalizer and Law & Order, her first recurring primetime role came in 1995 when she landed the role of the hard-drinking Maryanne Thorpe, best friend to Cybill Shepherd’s titular character in the CBS sitcom “Cybill.” Baranski earned an Emmy Award for Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy as well as a Screen Actors Guild award for the show.
Following Cybill’s cancellation in 1998, Baranksi continued to find television work on shows like “Welcome to New York,” “Ugly Betty” and “3rd Rock from the Sun” and returned to series fare with 2003’s “Happy Family.” Later she received two Emmy nominations for her guest appearances as Dr. Beverly Hofstadter, the extremely analytical mother of Leonard Hofstadter (Johnny Galecki) on “The Big Bang Theory.”
In 2009, she landed the role of Diane Lockhart, a powerful attorney and senior law partner in the CBS drama “The Good Wife,” starring Julianna Margulies. The role has further cemented Baranski’s status as one of television’s most versatile actresses and has garnered her six consecutive Emmy nominations.