Fall TV Preview

Scoop: Revenge to Introduce Victoria's [Spoiler] -- Who Should Play Her?

The news that Revenge is casting Emily’s long-lost mom is as out in the open as Amanda’s gigantic pregnancy belly. But TVLine has learned that the soapy ABC drama is searching for the perfect person to play Victoria’s mother, as well.

That’s right: In Season 2, we’re going to meet the woman who spawned the vicious Hamptons socialite played by Madeleine Stowe. Whether we’ll meet the older woman at Vicky’s possible funeral — you’ll recall that the plane she was allegedly on blew up in the Season 1 finale — or at some other point remains to be seen.

Also no word yet on who’ll bring Mama Harper to life, but why should that stop us from having a little fun in the meantime? Below is our short list for the part. After you’ve read it, let us know who you’d put in the role. Think of it as one of Queen Victoria’s lavish summer soirees, and the theme is Cast Your Bets. Armchair Casting Directors, you’re cordially invited!

JOAN COLLINS | Dynasty’s grande dame of on-screen bitchery would be a perfect fit to play the Queen Mum. Aside from their resemblance, Collins and Stowe both carry themselves in the same regal manner — a manner that says, “I may be stunningly beautiful, but I am not above thrashing the stuffing out of you in a lily pond.” The fact that Collins is British? A minor detail, dahhling.

RAQUEL WELCH | The 1960s sex symbol would bring a va-va-voom allure to the part. (Can’t you just see her inappropriately flirting with Conrad?) Aside from a few short-lived series and a recent CSI: Miami appearance, Welch hasn’t done much TV; she could be just the kind of buzzy name to give the show an extra boost.

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CATHERINE DENEUVE | Deneuve and Stowe share the same high forehead and soulful eyes, and after playing a widow who wanted breast implants filled with her husband’s ashes on a 2006 Nip/Tuck, we know the French actress is up for a little campy fun. Don’t worry about the accent and blonde hair — we think Deneuve has a certain je ne sais quoi that would fit in quite nicely at Grayson Manor.

JACQUELINE BISSET | Another Nip/Tuck alumna, Bisset can play ruthless (her Nip character, James, rang an organ-theft ring) as easily as she can sweet (see her turn in the Hallmark Channel’s An Old Fashioned Thanksgiving), and the ability to switch back and forth between the two is something Mrs. Harper is likely to need.

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JANE BADLER | She commanded V’s mother ship and burned the man who spurned her on Falcon Crest, so we’re thinking Badler would be more than capable of playing the woman who gave birth to Emily’s nemesis. Plus, with her soap background (Badler was One Life to Live’s Melinda), she knows a thing or two about how to sell a cliffhanger.

JULIE CHRISTIE | The Oscar-winning British actress, who has limited her work to a few film roles in the past several years, would be a real get for Revenge. And think of the haughty glamour — not to mention the cheekbones! – she’d bring to the role. We can easily picture her giving someone an empty box as an engagement gift, can’t you?

Your turn. Who would you cast? The comments section is now open for your suggestions!

Comments are monitored, so don’t go off topic, don’t frakkin’ curse and don’t bore us with how much your coworker’s sister-in-law makes per hour. Talk smart about TV!

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  1. m says:

    If Victoria has a sister, she should either be played by Kim Raver, Kate Walsh, or Rachel Griffiths.

  2. Shaun says:

    Is Delta Burke old enough?XD

  3. Susy says:

    Jane Badler is perfect for this role! No one can play a bitch quite like Jane- in this case a bitch’s mama!!!!!

  4. ladykarter says:

    Jane Badler just played the mother of all evil. Hands down winner

  5. Drew says:

    KIM NOVACK-if she is well enough to work. Tippi Hedron, Diane Ladd, Faye Dunnaway.

  6. This IS a soap, albeit a night time one. Maybe the mother will be played by Madeleine Stowe, whose Victoria really WAS blown up in the plane. That would be a way to keep her on the show AND have her actually have died.

  7. sally says:

    I think Susan Sarrandon will be perfect! I can see her as victoria harper’s mother.
    My funny friend joked that Cher should play her mother since she always see maddy as cher look-alike ;p

  8. Drew says:

    Miss Michael Learned would be great.

  9. patchouli says:

    Candice Bergen, please don’t forget about her. She performed Cuddy’s(Lisa Edelstein) mom on House perfectly! Though I gather they will probably go with a brunette, but Lisa is a brunette too, so, please, hope they also throw Candice name for consideraion. :)

  10. matthew c says:

    Yes, Lynda Carter would work well, but isn’t she too young? Another one that may be too young but would be perfect is Barbara Hershey!

    Hmmmmm….. What about somebody from the world of daytime TV: Marj Dusay would be a great choice if she could learn to not be so bloody over the top. Robin Strasser is the grand dame of playing scheming, revenge-hungry divas and would fit in perfectly in this role.

  11. greysfan says:

    Jane Badler.

  12. Karen says:

    Candace Bergen, Yes, I like that.

  13. Karen says:

    And for Emily’s Mom, Holly Hunter !

  14. Dan says:

    Jane Badler all the way!!

  15. Lucas says:

    Michelle Pfeiffer!!

  16. Vannesa says:

    CATHERINE DENEUVE or JOAN COLLINS as the mother present day…and Marg Helgenberger or Elizabeth Mitchell as the younger versions of Victoria’s mother.

  17. Mary says:

    Jacqueline Bisset

  18. April says:

    I would love to see Raquel Welch or Joan Collins personally. But Jane Badler seems to be the one who resembles Madeleine Stowe the most. Bring it, Revenge! I’m ready!

  19. m says:

    Marlo Thomas!!!

  20. Heather says:

    Joan Collins

  21. Yootha says:

    Jane Badler! No question whatsoever!!!

  22. nono says:

    The mother needs to be someone without glamour, sort of like Barbara Bel Geddes portrayed Miss Ellie on Dallas. Since Victoria was from a rather poor background it stands to reason that her mother probably had a hard time and wouldn’t look any younger than her age. She should look sort of like Judy Dent or someone in that age frame. I suspect Victoria’s mother isn’t bitchy or she would have shown up much earlier to get in on the money and/or force Victoria to support her. Legally parents can force their children to support them if they have enough money to do so and the parent has limited funds.

  23. Johnny says:

    Jane Badler. Although she’s too young for the role. Age her!

  24. PogonaVisitor says:

    Jane Badler !

  25. Susan says:

    Its got to be Joan collins all the way!! or maybe Jane Fonda, she was great in Monster in Law.

  26. Well I think Joan Collins for sure!