The West Wing alum, who currently stars on the ABC comedy Trophy Wife, will play renowned television producer Frank Maddox, one-half of an estranged couple embroiled in a bitter divorce. And who will Whitford be facing off against in that battle? As first reported by TVLine, Under the Dome alum Samantha Mathis has been cast as Whitford's wife, actress Catherine Summers.
The episode is titled "Reasonable Doubt" and sees Frank accused of molesting their eight-year-old daughter. However, Catherine refuses to cooperate in the investigation, which leads the squad to suspect the accusations were fabricated to curry public favor in the media. Things get even more complicated when Catherine's younger sister Rose (Dallas' Emma Bell) becomes engaged to Frank. Ousted Today show co-anchor Ann Curry and Geraldo Rivera will also appear in the episodes as themselves.
"Reasonable Doubt" is set to air May 7.
In addition to his Emmy-winning role on The West Wing, Whitford is also known for Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip. Bell currently plays Emma Brown on TNT's Dallas reboot.
Law & Order: SVU airs Wednesdays at 9/8c on NBC. Are you excited to see Whitford on the drama?