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The Good Wife Taps Stockard Channing to Play Alicia's Former Hippie Mom!

We’re about to find out that The Good Wife’s Alicia Florrick didn’t fall far from the strong, outspoken tree.

The West Wing’s Stockard Channing will play Julianna Marguiles’ character’s mother in at least one episode of the CBS drama this season, EW.com reports.

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Alicia’s mom, a child of the 1960s whose upbringing shaped her values, will provide another dimension of the lead lawyer’s backstory in the upcoming Season 4, which premieres Sunday at 9/8c.

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Stockard was First Lady Abbey Bartlet for The West Wing’s seven-year run. In addition to her iconic turn as Rizzo in the 1978 big-screen adaptation of Grease, she’s acted in numerous movies and live theater productions and led her own short-lived sitcom The Stockard Channing Show in 1980.

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  1. Cathy says:

    Love Stockard Channing. Great idea!

    • Caro says:

      I agree! She’s the PERFECT match to play Alicia’s mother. Great casting! Love her.

    • Caro says:

      I agree as well! I couldn’t come up with a better match to play Alicia’s mother. Stockard Channing is not only a beautiful woman but also capable of portraying a strong woman, which a woman like Alicia really had as a mother if you consider how she turned out to be. Perfect! I’m looking forward to seeing her on the show!

  2. Lorie says:

    Awesome news!

  3. tp says:

    I can see it. Can’t wait.

  4. Ryan says:

    I AM SCREAMING. Perfect casting!

  5. mia says:

    OMFG YES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  6. Jess says:

    Holy heck what a perfect casting move! Love, love, love Stockard Channing and I cannot WAIT to have her on my TV screen!

  7. Mik says:

    Good choice!

  8. Saint Alicia says:

    Didn’t think Stockard was old enough to play Alicia’s mother, turns out there’s a 22 year age difference; guess it works out. And maybe Mrs. Cavanaugh can talk some sense into her daughter/help her be less of a doormat to Peter.

  9. Lillie says:

    Thrilled! Ms. Channing’s non-stop bullying banter and Ms. Marguiles’ passive-aggressive manipulations is a match made in heaven! Sign-her-to-a-full-season-contract NOW!!!!

  10. Lisa says:

    One of the few actresses out there who I will watch no matter what they are in, and then to have her in one of my favorite shows. Double Rainbow!

  11. Templar says:

    Go Rizzo!

  12. Dee says:

    Excellent! This show has the best cast and guest stars.

  13. teamo says:

    OMG!..I really love The Good Wife. Stockard Channing is perfect casting.

  14. nikki says:

    Why do “Willicia” people always have to make every bit of news about the pairing?

  15. Jeannette says:

    Perfect casting. Let’s hope she’s around for more than one episode and let’s hope she takes on both Peter and His MOTHER (from hell)!

  16. pol75 says:

    The casting director of The Good Wife deserves a monument. What a great choice!

  17. Chris says:

    I LOVE this news. The Good Wife gets awesome first rate guest stars. But why did the writer of this article feel the need to tell us who Stockard Channing is?

  18. Shuayb says:

    Called IT!!!

  19. shar says:

    Such a great actress. I wish she would be on more than one episode.

  20. H.Houston says:

    I LOVE this woman. Oh how I would love to see her get into it with Jackie…hell yeah