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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.



Comments (23)

  • Love Stockard Channing. Great idea!

    Comment by Cathy – September 26, 2012 02:49 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • I agree! She’s the PERFECT match to play Alicia’s mother. Great casting! Love her.

      Comment by Caro – September 27, 2012 05:43 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • 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!

      Comment by Caro – October 25, 2012 01:31 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Awesome news!

    Comment by Lorie – September 26, 2012 02:54 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I can see it. Can’t wait.

    Comment by tp – September 26, 2012 02:59 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I AM SCREAMING. Perfect casting!

    Comment by Ryan – September 26, 2012 03:22 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • OMFG YES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Comment by mia – September 26, 2012 03:30 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Holy heck what a perfect casting move! Love, love, love Stockard Channing and I cannot WAIT to have her on my TV screen!

    Comment by Jess – September 26, 2012 04:02 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Good choice!

    Comment by Mik – September 26, 2012 04:20 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • 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.

    Comment by Saint Alicia – September 26, 2012 04:36 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • A doormat to Peter!? Are we watching the same show? Perhaps you’re thinking of her life before the show timeline started??

      Comment by Anne – September 27, 2012 12:33 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • 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!!!!

    Comment by Lillie – September 26, 2012 04:40 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • 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!

    Comment by Lisa – September 26, 2012 05:05 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Go Rizzo!

    Comment by Templar – September 26, 2012 05:34 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Excellent! This show has the best cast and guest stars.

    Comment by Dee – September 26, 2012 06:54 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • OMG!..I really love The Good Wife. Stockard Channing is perfect casting.

    Comment by teamo – September 26, 2012 07:26 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Why do “Willicia” people always have to make every bit of news about the pairing?

    Comment by nikki – September 26, 2012 08:55 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • 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)!

    Comment by Jeannette – September 26, 2012 10:18 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • The casting director of The Good Wife deserves a monument. What a great choice!

    Comment by pol75 – September 26, 2012 11:29 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • 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?

    Comment by Chris – September 27, 2012 04:18 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Called IT!!!

    Comment by Shuayb – September 27, 2012 05:17 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Such a great actress. I wish she would be on more than one episode.

    Comment by shar – September 27, 2012 09:47 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I LOVE this woman. Oh how I would love to see her get into it with Jackie…hell yeah

    Comment by H.Houston – September 27, 2012 02:32 PM PDT  Reply To This Post

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