Actors sign up for two more years of 'Law and Order'
producer Universal Media Studios broke down in the spring over the contract, but heated up again about three weeks ago. Even without a deal in place for Meloni and Hargitay, NBC picked up its Tuesday stalwart for an 11th season. At the time, execs made no bones about the fact that the show would go on with or without its anchor stars. Longtime “SVU” showrunner Neal Baer also signed on to remain in charge of the show next season. Meloni and Hargitay have starred in “SVU” since its 1999 launch. Hargitay, who had suffered a partially collapsed lung last season — leading to surgery and, later, a second hospitalization — had been asking for work flexibility to be written into her contract. Meloni and Hargitay ultimately joined forces and put forth similar contract demands.
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