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SVU Collars Whoopi Goldberg and Virginia Madsen for Season 17

Law & Order: SVU‘s Season 17 perp call sheet includes a View co-host and a (onetime) ruthless witch. 

Whoopi Goldberg and Virginia Madsen (The Witches of East End) both have signed on to guest-star in the NBC procedural’s upcoming season.

EGOT recipient Goldberg will play Janette Grayson, a Department of Child Services supervisor whose allegedly faked reports put multiple children at risk. Janette finds herself on trial when the agency’s internal policies bring it the wrong kind of publicity. (E! Online first reported the casting.)

Madsen — per The Hollywood Reporter, which broke her casting — will play Rollins’ mother Beth Anne, who feels that her police-officer daughter has turned her back on the family.

Madsen will debut in Episode 6, which also marks the return of Lindsay Pulsipher (True Blood) as Rollins’ sister, Kim. Goldberg will appear in Episode 4, which airs Oct. 7.

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  1. Cassie says:

    Honestly, I’m kind of surprised given Whoopi Goldberg’s constant defense of Bill Cosby, and the subject matter of this show (and the actors’ support/work with charities who help sexual assault victims). I don’t know that this is such a good idea.

  2. Jess says:

    i can’t wait to catch those episodes. i love whoopi and virginia. whoopi is entitled to her opinion is she not? and i haven’t heard her defend him lately.

  3. RC says:

    If Whoopi plays anyone in the L&O universe, it should be the villain she played on Criminal Intent, who got away at the end of the episode and always seemed like she was primed for a comeback. They still need to catch her!

  4. I would love to see CHER guest star on SVU! She could play a crooked judge or maybe a warden?

  5. fanfaren says:

    I can’t wait to meet Rollins’ mom. Great casting as well, I think Madsen can do that role really really well. And even though I loath Kim I think it’s about time we see her back & maybe, just maybe resolve some “issues” with her sister. She should grovel. But if they hurt the Rollaro baby (it has to be a Rollaro baby!!) they will suffer! ;)

  6. Zoe says:

    Ooh, Rollins’ mom? That’s gonna be good.