SVU attorney out of hiding for NBC drama

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After two years in the witness-protection program, Alexandra Cabot is returning to Law & Order creator Dick Wolf's TV universe.

Stephanie March, who left Law & Order: Special Victims Unit after her character, Assistant District Attorney Cabot, was shot and sent away with a changed identity in an October 2003 episode, is joining Wolf's new NBC legal drama, Conviction.

Rounding out the cast are Jordan Bridges and J. August Richards. They join previously cast Anson Mount, Eric Balfour, Julianne Nicholson, and Milena Govich.

Conviction is described as a fast-paced, character-driven series focusing on young ADAs in New York who often tackle tough, high-profile cases

"Since Conviction will be a 'charactercedural,' we will be dealing extensively with characters' back stories and personal lives," said Wolf, whose three Law & Order series largely avoid the personal touch.

March, most recently seen in the feature Mr. & Mrs. Smith, next will be seen in the indie Flannel Pajamas, which is slated to premiere at the Sundance Film Festival.

Bridges, whose feature credits include Mona Lisa Smile and Frequency, guest starred last year on another Law & Order series, Criminal Intent.

Richards's credits include roles on the WB series Angel and MTV's Undressed.

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