'Law & Order: SVU' minus Meloni & Mariska?

Hargitay_meloni Well, we know "Law & Order: SVU" will return for an 11th season this fall, but that doesn't mean lead actors Mariska Hargitay and Christopher Meloni will.

As hardcore "SVU" fans know, Hargitay and Meloni's contracts are set to expire at the end of this current season and where the show will go from there has long been a topic of internet discussion. According to EW.com, NBC seems to think the series can survive sans its two stars.

Apparently, Hargitay and Meloni are demanding a piece of "SVU"'s back-end profits in exchange for their 11th season acting services and the-powers-that-be are not only holding out on them, but threatening to replace both actors if they don't drop the issue.

Of course, it's hard to believe NBC would actually follow through with such a threat. However, both "Law & Order" and "L&O: CI" have had leads come and go over the years, so who's to say it won't happen?

Also, with Mariska's recent health problems holding production back, perhaps NBC would be relieved to have that risk off their hands.

My knee jerk reaction? There's no way. This is stupid. Just give the guys their stock in the franchise. I'd say their involvement in the show has been fairly pivotal in its overall success, so yeah, it's deserved.

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