'Law & Order: SVU' stars seal their deals
Protracted contract negotiations between the two stars and NBC Universal concluded Monday (June 29) with the two stars agreeing to new one-year deals with an option for a second season. The new contracts will give both actors a pay raise above the reported $375,000-$385,000 per episode they have been making.
What's more, the showbiz trade papers are reporting that Emmy winner Christine Lahti will guest-star in the first four episodes of the season as the Special Victims Unit's assistant district attorney. Stephanie March will then return to the show full-time; she reprised her role as ADA Alexandra Cabot in several episodes last season.
The new deals for Hargitay and Meloni mean that all of the core players in NBC's highest-rated returning drama -- including showrunner Neal Baer -- will be back for the show's 11th season.
Good news, right? It would have been awfully hard to imagine "SVU" without Benson and Stabler, dontcha think?