Actors Meloni, Hargitay still in talks to return

“Law & Order: Special Victims Unit” will be back next fall – with or without stars Christopher Meloni and Mariska Hargitay.

Talks are ongoing with the two thesps to return for the show’s 11th season, but Peacock and exec producer Dick Wolf made it official anyway.

Wolf said he was “thrilled” that the show would be back; beyond that, network, Universal Media Studios and Wolf wouldn’t comment on the state of talks with series talent.

Both Meloni and Hargitay are looking for changes in their arrangement on the show, including a bump beyond their $350,000-per-episode salaries. (Hargitay is said to also be looking for more personal time built into her contract.) Their contracts with the show are up at the end of this season.

Still up in the air: The fate of the “Law & Order” mothership. Insiders said Peacock is still leaning toward picking up the show for an unprecedented 20th season – but likely at a reduced order, perhaps 16 episodes.

“SVU” joins previously announced Peacock pickups for “The Office,” “30 Rock” and “The Biggest Loser.”

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