Madsen Joins <i>The Event</i>

The exact who's, what's and why's fueling the conspiracy theories of The Event remain largely unexplained, but perhaps Virginia Madsen holds an answer or two.

The Candyman and Sideways actress has joined the cast of The Event in the recurring role of Alaskan senator Catherine Lewis. Deadline reports that Lewis, the widow of the rightfully elected senator, has assumed her husband's seat following his death. Lewis, a Harvard graduate, was once a "powerhouse attorney" and is determined to preserve her husband's legacy, no matter the cost. Of course, with her proximity to the mysterious Mount Inostranka in Alaska, her husband's legacy may already be tainted in conspiracy.

Madsen occupies a role that was initially envisioned for actress Connie Britton of Friday Night Lights fame. Her character's first appearance remains unknown, but the series returns from its winter hiatus on February 28, 2011.

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