|Stephanie March, who starred on "Law & Order: SVU" for three seasons, is going back to work for producer Dick Wolf.|
March will reprise her character of prosecutor Alexandra Cabot in NBC's midseason drama "Conviction," about a group of young assistant DAs in New York. Former "Angel" star J. August Richards and Jordan Bridges ("Mona Lisa Smile"), son of Beau Bridges, have also joined the cast.
The show began filming this week in New York, using some of the same sets from Wolf's "Law & Order: Trial by Jury." In something of a departure from the "L&O" series, "Conviction" will delve into the characters' lives in addition to following the cases they try.
Wolf even has coined a term for the show: "Since 'Conviction' will be a 'charactercedural,' we will be dealing extensively with characters' back stories and personal lives," he says. "I am delighted with the extraordinary cast we have assembled, which will give the show depth and emotional intensity."
March played Cabot on "SVU" from 2000-03, when her character was presumed killed while pursuing a case against a drug cartel. She returned to guest-star in an episode last season, when it was revealed her death had been faked and she'd been in the witness protection program.
In "Conviction," Cabot will be the bureau chief for the group of young ADAs. The cast also includes Anson Mount ("Line of Fire"), Julianne Nicholson ("Ally McBeal"), Eric Balfour ("Sex, Lies & Secrets") and Milena Govich ("Rescue Me").