What ‘Law & Order: SVU’ Star Stephanie March’s New Gig Means for a Return Appearance

by Allison Hambrick
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Law & Order: Special Victims Unit actress Stephanie March recently joined the cast of the CW series Naomi, based on the DC comic series of the same name. This brings the question, does that mean she won’t return to SVU?

Starting in 2000, March played Assistant District Attorney Alexandra Cabot. She starred in seasons two through five as well as season eleven. ADA Cabot has also made appearances in the sixth, 10th, 13th, and 19th seasons. The character received her own spinoff, Conviction, in 2006.

Also produced by Dick Wolf, Conviction struggled to get consistent ratings and was canceled after one season. As a result, March has made occasional appearances on SVU since then.

In addition, March has had a prolific career outside the realm of Law & Order. The actress has racked up appearances on 30 Rock, Grey’s Anatomy, and Happy Endings. She also made a memorable appearance as Ivanka Trump on A President Show Documentary and starred as killer Deborah Greene in Lifetime’s A House on Fire. Naomi is another feather in March’s cap.

Does Naomi mean the end of Cabot on Law & Order?

Given that March has not appeared on Law & Order: SVU since 2019, it’s a stretch to blame her absence on this show. Moreover, Cabot was among a few characters who did not return for the show’s 500th episode. While the actress has not ruled out a return to SVU, she never indicated that one was in the cards for her.

Additionally, March seemed pretty excited about her new role. The actress shared the announcement on her Instagram shortly after it was made.

“Work is good,” the actress wrote in the caption. “Playing a superhero is even better. Doing it with @ava is the freaking best.”

Produced by Selma director Ava DuVernay, Naomi is adapted on DC Comics by the same name. The show joins the Arrow-verse lineup on the CW, which has spanned several shows over the past decade. Also producing is Arrow writer Jill Blankenship. The series follows a teenage superhero who seeks answers after strange supernatural occurrences in her hometown cause chaos. March’s character is called Akira, and she is an alien hiding out on Earth.

Little else has been revealed about the show, but it is set to premiere in 2022. Other cast members include Kaci Walfall as Naomi, as well as Mary-Charles Jones, Alexander Wraith, Cranston Johnson, Daniel Puig, Aidan Gemme, Willy Meyers, and Camila Moreno.

Since the role of Akira is only a recurring character, it is still possible for March to make a return to the Law & Order universe. If not on SVU, maybe a new storyline could see Cabot reuniting with Elliot Stabler on Organized Crime.

Law & Order: SVU returns from its midseason hiatus on Jan. 6 on NBC.

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