Posted by | Cyrena Rose

Alfre Woodard has been tapped to play Sam’s mom on Private Practice during the fall season.  The Oscar-nominated actress (playing Taye Diggs’ mother) will guest-star in an episode that will air in November.

No word on whether it’ll be a recurring role as well.

Before that, Woodard will first be seen playing Ouiser in Lifetime’s all-black remake of Steel Magnolias, which airs on October 7.

Last season on Private Practice, Taye Diggs’ character’s sister Corinne (played by Anika Noni Rose) made an appearance.

Private Practice returnss Tuesday, Sept. 25 at 10/9c on ABC.

In the meantime, check out Woodard in the trailer of Steel Magnolias remake:[youtube id=”rciPtlcW2m0″ width=”600″ height=”350″]