I'm surprised someone hasn't beaten me to this story, but several press outlets, notably Michael Ausiello on the ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY website, are reporting that NBC (not Dick Wolf) doesn't want to pay the leads on SVU the raises both are trying to get. One source, TV Channel 9 in Syracuse, NY, reports that the network is also refusing to give the actors a share of the show's profits, which Channel 9 says was part of a deal with Mr. D'Onofrio and Mr. Noth to keep LOCI running.
Now, aside from being another example of NBC's extreme penny pinching and stupidity, I wonder if anyone (particularly our media mavens) knows if Mr. D'Onofrio is getting a cut of the LOCI profits? My understanding was that Dick Wolf always avoided these sort of arrangements.
we talked about it on the other board, someone dies in the finally, one of the major characters whose loss affects the team into the other season. If it is to save money I would think it would have to be Meloni or Hargarity. Who is the biggest draw? I don't know, my hubby hates Hargarity. I for one have tired of SVU, I miss Munch and Fin, and wouldn't mind them both leaving. Meloni has lost his edge. I would hate to see Meloni leave, even though they are fictional Characters, his character has a wife and 5 children. As for Poor Olivia, she has only her job. Could it be the Captain? So have talked about killing off the Cabot Again" for real. And bring back Casey Novak, since her year suspension would be up. Who knows, maybe a major death would help ratings.
NBC thinks 'Law & Order: SVU' can survive without Meloni & Mariska
By Korbi Ghosh May 04, 2009
"The show is coming back, with or without them."
These are the words of NBC Entertainment co-chairman Marc Graboff who confirmed today that the network still hasn't reached a deal with "Law & Order: SVU" leads Mariska Hargitay and Chris Meloni for the fall season.
As I reported early last month, Hargitay and Meloni are said to be asking for a piece of "SVU"'s back-end profits and will not return for an 11th year of the drama series if this demand isn't met.
Apparently, this demand isn't being met.
So, thoughts? Can you even imagine "SVU" sans these two? It would tank immediately, no?
This show does well for the network. Wouldn't it be in their best interest to give its stars what they want?
Mega Buzz on SVU, NCIS, Housewives, Private Practice & More
May 5, 2009 by Matt Mitovich, Mickey O'Connor & Tim Molloy
Now that Michaela McManus has left Law & Order: SVU, is there any word on who will replace her as the ADA in the fall? Having Stephanie March back would be great. — Jose
MICKEY: By my count, there could potentially be four vacancies in the cast next season, including the two big guns, the ADA slot and another member of the SVU team who I'm hearing is going to die in the June 2 season finale. And while I agree that March returning would be great, all signs point to something similar to this season's "dual ADA" situation happening. Who would you cast? Send your suggestions and I'll bring them to the producers myself.