Mariska Hargitay, Chris Meloni Returning to Law & Order: SVU

Entertainment Jun. 29, 2009 AT 6:48PM
Mariska Hargitay and Christopher Meloni on location for "Law & Order: SVU" on the streets of Brooklyn on April 28, 2009 in New York City. Mariska Hargitay and Christopher Meloni on location for "Law & Order: SVU" on the streets of Brooklyn on April 28, 2009 in New York City. Credit: Bobby Bank/WireImage.com

Mariska Hargitay and Chris Meloni aren't giving up their crime-fighting badges just yet.

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After lengthy negotiations, the two stars are returning to Law & Order: Special Victims Unit this fall, an NBC spokesperson tells Usmagazine.com.

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When the two stars -- who had been earning approximately $375,000 per episode -- sought salary increases earlier this year, NBC had said the show would return with or without its stars. Although NBC won't comment on any other terms of the deal, Hargitay and Meloni will continue on the crime drama's upcoming 11th season.

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Additionally, Emmy winner Christine Lahti has signed on to guest star for the first four episodes of the season as the ADA. Stephanie March will then return to reprise her role as district attorney Alexandra Cabot for ten episodes.

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