‘Law & Order: SVU’ season 17 spoilers: Whoopi Goldberg, Virginia Madsen sign on

Law & Order: SVU logoGiven how iconic Whoopi Goldberg is as an entertainer, and also how she is centrally located in New York, it’s a real surprise to us mostly that she has not appeared on “Law & Order: SVU” before right now. (She has played a part previously on “Criminal Minds,” which is in the same universe … but that was a long time ago and she is not

So who is she going to play on an upcoming season 17 episode? According to a new report from E! News, she is going to be playing the part of Janette Grayson, a Department of Child Services supervisor who lands in hot water over allegations of fake reports. This is going to be a particularly meaty story, one that will more than likely worthy of Whoopi’s talents.

Just in case this news is not enough for you, may we also suggest the following: According to The Hollywood Reporter, Virginia Madsen is coming on board the show in order to play the role of Rollins’ mother. We are expecting an even larger role for her this season, for a number of different reasons. First and foremost, with Danny Pino gone we expect other people to step up. Also, Kelli Giddish is expecting her first child, and we are going to get a chance to see early on if that ends up getting written into the show in some capacity.

The new season is going to premiere in just one week’s time, and we are going to have some other news every step of the way. Stay tuned.

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