Exclusive: Virginia Madsen Joins The Event

Oscar-nominated actress Virginia Madsen (Sideways) is joining NBC’s freshman drama The Event as a recurring player.

The actress — who’s coming off of ABC’s summer series Scoundrels — will play Catherine Lewis, the widow of a U.S. senator from Alaska who has assumed her husband’s post. A former powerhouse attorney, the Harvard grad is determined to carry out her husband’s legacy at any cost.

As reported by Deadline back in November, the role was originally offered to Friday Night Lights MVP Connie Britton.

The Event is currently on hiatus and is slated to return to NBC’s schedule on Feb. 28.

This story originally appeared on Deadline.com.