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'Fringe' Fans, Prepare to Meet Olivia's Mom

July 3, 2010, 4:45 am GMT

An actress has been hired to fill in the role of a woman who is so dedicated to her daughter and has a surprising tie with the Bishops.

Amy Madigan

Fans of "Fringe" will finally be introduced to Olivia's family. Emmy nominated actress Amy Madigan who made a recurring appearance on "Grey's Anatomy", has been cast as Olivia's mother, EW confirmed.

Her appearance is set for four episodes so far beginning right away on the season premiere. The third season of "Fringe" is expected to take place largely in the altera-verse, where Olivia is trapped in a world without Peter and where Walter is not a friend. It was previously hinted by TV Guide that viewers will only see her "over there," and that her ties to the Bishop family will be surprising.

EW said the mother is "lovely and together" as well as deeply devoted to her daughter.

"Fringe" will be present at the upcoming San Diego Comic Con, taking the coveted Saturday, July 24 slot. It will be represented by Anna Torv, Joshua Jackson, John Noble, Lance Reddick, Blair Brown, and producers Jeff Pinkner and J.H. Wyman.

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