•• The First Day (1×02): Hours after the attack on the Capitol, President Kirkman steps into his role as Commander-in-Chief in the midst of chaos and confusion. Facing dangerous new challenges and adversaries, Kirman struggles to hold a country together that is on the brink of falling apart. Virginia Madsen guest stars on the highly anticipated ABC series “Designated Survivor,” Wednesday, September 28 (10:00–11:00 p.m. EDT).
•• Actress Virginia Madsen visited The Talk on Wednesday to tease some killer details about the chilling summer series, American Gothic. The new murder mystery follows a wealthy Boston family connected to a string of infamous murders.
Someone in the Hawthorne family committed the crimes, but who? Turns out, not even the cast knows! Virginia Madsen chatted with the hosts and guest co-hosts Yvette Nicole Brown from The Odd Couple and Heather Tom from The Bold and the Beautiful about being a suspect, playing a “powerful and manipulative” character, and making tough decisions.
She also made an appearance on KCAL9 and talked to Sandra Mitchell about the show. Watch the interview below.
•• Oscar-nominated actress Virginia Madsen stopped by HuffPost this week to interview her mother Elaine, for Talk To Me. The two discussed their documentary “I Know A Woman Like That,” which highlights remarkable older women, including Rita Moreno and Gloria Steinem, who haven’t let societal pressures to slow down stop them from living life to the fullest. Elaine described the film (which is available on all digital platforms on May 10) as an “exploration of a new way to live the upper decades of your life.”
But their talk about the film, which Virginia produced and Elaine directed, broadened into a conversation about aging, representation of women in Hollywood and the privilege the two have felt staying healthy while getting older.
“If you’re lucky, you get to be old,” Elaine said. “You get to be old.”
In the video above, watch Elaine and Virginia discuss their experience working on the film together and the way their perspectives on life have changed as time has gone on. Elaine acknowledged that she’s become more fearless. “I feel like, ‘What have I got to lose?’”
“In the upper decades of your life, there is a reality that your life can stop or change in a minute,” she eliadded. “And you can choose to live fearfully with that or you can choose to live wisely with that.”
•• It’s one thing to find out someone in your family doesn’t like your favorite show or is obsessed with Benedict Cumberbatch. It’s something else entirely to find out they’re, say, a murderer. And that’s the dilemma facing the family at the center of American Gothic.
EW has an exclusive first look at the first promo for the new CBS show, which stars Virginia Madsen, Anthony Starr, Juliet Rylance, and more as it tells the story of a Boston family that realizes someone in their family could be linked to an infamous string of murders. Over the season’s 13 episodes, the suspicion that a killer is in their midst threatens to tear the family apart.
American Gothic premieres Wednesday, June 22 at 10 p.m. ET on CBS.
•• Stills & HD screencaptures from this week’s episode of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit “Maternal Instincts” have been added to the photo gallery. Virginia Madsen guest starred in the episode as Beth Anne Rollins.
Internationally renowned flautist Anton Krasnikov meets up after a concert with a prostitute who drugs and robs him in a hotel room. While under the influence, Anton rapes a violinist who performed with him, but doesn’t remember committing the crime. Amanda Rollins (Kelli Giddish) soon discovers that the prostitute is her fugitive sister, Kim (Lindsay Pulsipher), who framed her sister for murder and insurance fraud, before cleaning out Rollins’ apartment and skipping town in Season 14’s “Deadly Ambition.” Rollins tries to defuse the situation without alerting SVU of her sister’s involvement. However, it becomes increasingly difficult as their mother, Beth Anne (Virginia Madsen), tries to protect Kim and maintain her own delusional picture of family harmony. Rollins’ SVU colleagues eventually learn of Kim’s identity and arrest her, while Anton is charged with rape and remanded without bail.
Meanwhile, Deputy Chief William Dodds (Peter Gallagher) has assigned his son Mike (Andy Karl) to take over as sergeant, now that Olivia Benson (Mariska Hargitay) has been promoted to lieutenant. On his first day, Sgt. Dodds clashes with the other detectives, frequently overstepping his bounds.
Though Rollins begs Kim to plead guilty, Kim works her charms on her lawyer, Lorenzo DeSappio (Jason Cerbone), who agrees to let her plead not guilty and go to trial. Beth Anne is furious with Rollins for choosing work over family and leaves town. Rollins visits Kim in prison, where Kim reveals that since her relationship with DeSappio has escalated, she’s agreed to plead out on her prior offenses in exchange for a short prison sentence. After that, she says, she hopes DeSappio will ask her to marry him – confirming what Rollins already knows about her sister’s dangerous patterns of instability.
The captures do contain spoiler so beware if you haven’t seen the episode yet. Enjoy!