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SVU Collars Whoopi Goldberg and Virginia Madsen for Season 17

Law Order SVU Whoopi Goldbery

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.