Actress Stephanie March, left, with actor Richard Belzer, center, and Harley Mc Bride attend the Safe Horizons presents an evening inside ‘Law and Order: SVU’ at Crobar November 15, 2004 in New York City. March is returning to ‘Law and Order: SVU,’ according to a NBC statement Monday.
There are the harrowing tales of sexually based offenses — which are considered especially heinous — the personal struggles of Lt. Olivia Benson and her close-knit team and, of course, the revolving door of assistant district attorneys who insist on leaving audiences heartbroken by going just as they’ve come to love them.
“I am delighted to be on the ‘SVU’ set again,” actor Stephanie March, 43, told People magazine.
“It is a thrill to welcome Stephanie back to the SVU family, even for a short visit,” said executive producer Michael Chernuchin in a statement.
“She is and will always be part of SVU’s DNA,” Chernuchin said.
March’s ADA Cabot worked alongside, and sometimes against, the SVU team for four seasons, before the character’s death was faked and she was put into Witness Protection. ADA Cabot reemerged in Season 13 but hasn’t been seen since, until now. According to a synopsis for Stephanie March’s special guest appearance, she and Mariska Hargitay’s Lt. Benson will will be crossing paths during a search for an abducted woman.
The 47-year-old stepped into the ADA role in Season 14 as a recurring character before being bumped to series regular in Season 15. ADA Barba was the squad’s fourth full-time ADA, one of only three male ADAs in the show’s 19-season history — Harry Connick Jr. and Linus Roache both had four-episode stints — and was the the second longest running ADA in the franchise after Diane Neal’s Casey Novak.
“I’ve done six seasons; I felt like it was time to go,” Esparza told EW. “I had explored a lot of what I thought Barba was about. I just felt it was time to move on. I was also feeling like the role has changed over the years in a way that has been an interesting experience for me.”