Stephanie March, Diane Neal return to 'SVU'


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Two vets are returning to Law & Order: Special Victims Unit this fall. NBC and Wolf Films announced today that Stephanie March and Diane Neal will reprise their roles as ADA Alexandra Cabot and ADA Casey Novak, respectively, for an undetermined amount of episodes. March was a series regular during seasons 2, 3 and 4 and went part-time in seasons 5, 6, 10 and 11. Neal was a full-timer in seasons 5, 6, 7, 8 and 9 and showed up for one episode last season, which was the drama’s 12th.

In case you haven’t noticed, there have been quite a few comings and goings on the Dick Wolf drama. Chris Meloni left the show while Kelli Giddish and Danny Pino have come aboard. Ice-T got a new deal, and Mariska Hargitay will still be around to catch the bad guys.

SVU returns to production later this month and will air on Wednesdays at 10 this fall.

For more:

New SVU actors won’t affect Mariska Hargitay
Ice-T re-ups with ‘Law & Order: SVU’
Christopher Meloni out of ‘SVU’

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  • Ms. Chanandler Bong

    Thank god. The new ADA’s have been pretty awful, but they’re still no Stabler!

    • trishka

      Love your handle, my favorite episode.

    • SV

      Agreed. I’m so happy! Both of them were excellent DAs, the rest have been just disappointing. Though, I do wonder how long each of their stays will be.

  • Annie

    Great News, All the ADAs after them were awful!!! Still will not be the same without Stabler and Benson.

  • J

    Wooohooo! Love love love Alex Cabot. Now if only they’d give us some A/O too…

  • Martika

    I just got super happy

  • gypzyjedi

    I cannot picture SVU with out Christopher Maloni. They should ahve paid him whatever he wanted. I am glad they are not replacing Mariska with Jennifer Love Hewitt. I mean…that is talent blasphamy.

    • Myka

      My two favorite ADA’s I wish they would stay onthe show until the end. Personally I’m not said that Chris is gone, I’m happy about Kelli Giddish, it’s about time we get another female detective! Another f/f paring for the fan fiction writers (:

  • Alex

    Kickass Casey returns! Fantastic!

    • Katie

      Casey is my favorite DA

  • majamababe

    Hopefully, they will let them tag-team and not have them alternate episodes like the DAs on LOLA. Perhaps Alex is coming back as Casey’s boss.

  • Ben

    Screw that! Bring back CI and Goren

    • tom hunter

      RIGHT!!!!! With both Vincent and Katherine saying they would like to have continued the series, why not bring CI back???????

      This season was the best in probably three years AND the ratings were up!!!

  • Kevin

    Knowing that CRIMINAL MINDS bringing back AJ and Paget, SVU also brought back two of the show’s hottest ADAs. Talk about revamping L&O SVU.

    • trishka

      Is Paget coming back? I know the door was left open, but…

    • soz

      Paget is coming back! Way to make my roommate’s day!

      • Vlh

        They r both being forced back and they have been vocal about how unhappy they r.But when I heard that they r back I was happy:)

  • Michael

    Cool but the new one was Hot too

  • Trina

    Maybe Alex can come back with new chef skills (thanks to hubby/hottie Bobby Flay!

  • pdxstomp

    I haven’t watched the show in years, but didn’t Casey get disbarred? Did she get her law license back in her guest appearance last year?

    • Abz

      no, she got censured and suspended for “a year, possibly more” (quote courtesy of judge donnelly/judith light’s character).

    • Jammer

      Her license was suspended for a period of time but not revoked. She has “paid her penance” so to speak and is now allowed to practice again.

  • vin

    Yay to Diane Neal! The other one not so much.

  • LDSK

    I stopped watching about three years ago. This is enough to bring me back. Great news!

  • Evan

    Can we please get an explanation as to why Cabot not only re-left Witness Protection but how she got her job back as an ADA without any fear of anyone coming after her?

    She just showed up out of nowhere with no reason behind it.

    • Casey

      The episode where she returned from witness protection was repeated in my area recently it was mentioned the man who was after her was killed in prison.

    • Kevin

      Casey is correct. In the episode “Lead”, it was mentioned that Cesar Velez was killed in prison and the hitman Conners was extradited to Ireland.

      I watch too much TV.

      • Evan

        I wonder why they never said any of this when she was first brought back for the “Conviction” series.

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