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Mariska Hargitay Signs New Contract for Law and Order: SVU

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Mariska Hargitay Signs New Contract for Law and Order: SVU

‘Law & Order: Special Victims Unit’ lead actress Mariska Hargitay has signed a new contract to return for the upcoming 13th season of the hit show, TVLine is reporting. However, going into the negotiations, the Emmy-winning actress requested to have her workload scaled back on the show next season.

The producers accepted Hargitay’s request, reducing her hours for next season. Her character, Detective Olivia Benson, will continue to help solve sex crimes for the first 13 episodes. After the 13 episodes, Benson will be promoted to a supervisor position, and a new female detective will take her place. Jennifer Love Hewitt is at the top of the list to portray the new detective. However, NBC hasn’t officially confirmed or denied the reports that the former ‘Ghost Whisperer’ star will join the cast.

The news comes as Hargitay’s co-star Christopher Meloni, who portrays Benson’s partner Elliot Stabler, is still in negotiations to renew his contract. Hargitay’s contract renewal also comes after the fourth ‘Law & Order’ spin-off, ‘LA,’ was canceled on May 13 after only one season.

Written by: Karen Benardello

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As a life-long fan of entertainment, particularly films, television and music, and an endless passion for writing, Karen Benardello decided to combine the two for a career. She graduated from New York's LIU Post with a B.F.A in Journalism, Print and Electronic. While still attending college, Karen began writing for Shockya during the summer of 2007, when she began writing horror movie reviews. Since she began writing for Shockya, Karen has been promoted to the position of Senior Movies & Television Editor. Some of her duties in the position include interviewing filmmakers and musicians, producing posts on celebrity news and contributing reviews on albums and concerts. Some of her highlights include attending such festivals and conventions as the Tribeca Film Festival, the New York Film Festival, SXSW, Toronto After Dark, the Boston Film Festival and New York Comic-Con.

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