Be on the lookout Law & Order fans, you may be seeing Angie Harmon return to the DA’s office very soon.
For those of you who don’t remember, Harmon played Abbie Carmichael, a high-powered ADA with conservative views that sometimes caused her to butt heads with Sam Waterson’s DA Jack McCoy and his team. For three seasons, she starred as a series regular, appearing in 72 episodes. The actress also crossed into the first season of Special Victims Unit. In it, she took its DA spot for a handful of episodes.
But in 2001, Angie Harmon left the franchise on her own accord. And eventually, she found a long-time spot on the now-canceled Rizzoli & Isles.
Because Law & Order is one of the longest-running series in history, the cast has seen a lot of changes. But in most cases, alums tend to find their way back to the screen for a cameo or short character arc. But in Harmon’s case, that never happened.
However, with the series return this past winter, she has a second chance to head back to the NYC courtroom. And according to an interview with ET, she may take it.
“I would love it,” she admitted when asked about the prospect.
And creator Dick Wolf is interested in seeing Abbie Carmichael reunite with McCoy as well. When the Law & Order reboot got the green light from NBC, he reached out to her about being a part of the project.
“I was like, ‘Look, guys. I mean, I would love to maybe do an arc or something,” she remembered saying.
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And it wouldn’t be far-fetched to imagine Harmon and Wolf working out a return. From the start, the creator has been adamant about fans seeing familiar faces for the reboot. So far, he’s managed to get eight original actors back on set, including Dylan Baker, Anthony Anderson, Sam Waterston, Carey Lowell, Camryn Manheim, Mark Lotito, Brian Keane, and Marsha Stephanie Blake. And three of those actors are series regulars.
And Wolf was so motivated to keep his show intact that he even locked down Waterson five years before the revival was a go.
“I’ve always known that he was never going to give up on this,” Waterson told Stage Right Secrets. “What an extraordinary accomplishment. This is on the part of Dick Wolf and all of his team as he would be the first one to say yes as fast as he could. It’s just an extraordinary achievement. He’s made a virtual universe.”
So as long as the stars align, there is no reason to think that we won’t see Angie Harmon stop by for at least one episode in the future. And because Law & Order ended up leading its Thursday night timeslot and brought in a staggering 5.5 million viewers, it will likely be staying around for a while. And that gives Harmon some time to work out her busy schedule.
“I would love to revisit Abbie,” she added. “She was just so fun and wonderful.”