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Christopher Meloni Officially Joins 'True Blood'

by Chris Harnick, posted Dec 13th 2011 7:05PM
Christopher Meloni Joins True BloodIn the criminal justice system, sexually-based vampire attacks are considered especially heinous. (DOINK DOINK)

Yes, that means Christopher Meloni has officially joined HBO's 'True Blood' as a series regular. TVLine reports Meloni will play a very powerful vampire. This vampire just so happens to hold the fate of Bill and Eric in his very undead hands.

News of Meloni's involvement in 'True Blood' first broke in November.

After spending 12 years as Detective Stabler on 'Law & Order: SVU,' Meloni abruptly quit the show prior to Season 13. Danny Pino and Kelli Giddish were brought on as new 'SVU' detectives.

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'Law & Order: SVU' Star Christopher Meloni to Join 'True Blood'?

by Catherine Lawson, posted Nov 30th 2011 7:30AM
If you've been wanting to see more of Christopher Meloni on your television screens, congratulations: You could soon be seeing a lot more of him. According to TVLine, Meloni's eyeing a major role in the upcoming fifth season of HBO's 'True Blood.' How great is that?!

If Meloni does join 'True Blood' it would the first foray into television work for the 'Oz' veteran since he abruptly quit 'Law & Order: SVU' earlier this year. He's reportedly currently filming his role as Colonel Hardy in the Zack Snyder/Christopher Nolan 'Superman' movie reboot, 'Man of Steel.'

It's thought that Meloni is pondering a role as an "incredibly powerful vampire." But who? The 'True Blood' fan sites and Twitter have exploded with speculation, so check out some theories after the jump. But be warned, there may be SPOILERS ahead ...

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The Top 10 Highest Paid Actors on TV

by Chris Harnick, posted Oct 12th 2011 5:15PM
The Top 10 Highest Paid Actors on TVIt's no secret that being on TV can be a very well-paying gig, but do you know just how much some of your favorite actors are making?

Forbes has released its annual list of the Top 10 highest paid actors on TV and the usual suspects -- Charlie Sheen, Hugh Laurie, Ray Romano -- are still present. However, some of these actors have already left their TV homes, and others might not have shows to pay them after this year.

Sheen's off 'Two and a Half Men' and production on his new sitcom has yet to begin, Romano's 'Men of a Certain Age' was canceled and it's looking like this could possibly be the last seasons for 'Grey's Anatomy' and 'House.'

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Benson Gets News That Elliot Has Retired on 'Law & Order: SVU' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Sep 22nd 2011 2:00AM
'Law & Order: Special Victims Unit' 13th season premiereThe tides of change are sweeping in on the thirteenth season premiere of 'Law & Order: Special Victims Unit' (Wed., 10PM ET on NBC). After twelve seasons on the top-rated show, Christopher Meloni won't be a part of the show after contract negotiations failed, while Mariska Hargitay is reducing her workload.

In the season premiere, we learned that Det. Stabler has put in his retirement papers. And since Meloni wasn't available to be in the show, Det. Benson had to learn this second-hand. While publicly she appeared to take it pretty well, she had a breakdown in private.

Now it's going to be the show's task to reinvigorate the show with a different energy and some new faces without the face of one of its biggest stars. Why does that sound familiar?

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'Law & Order: SVU' Boss Talks Stabler's Departure, Benson's Reaction & New Blood

by Warren Leight, posted Sep 21st 2011 1:15PM
Warren Leight is the new showrunner on 'Law & Order: SVU.' He wrote this blog post for us, in advance of tonight's Season 13 premiere, to help prepare fans for what's to come: the loss of Stabler, the introduction of two new SVU recruits and the change in Benson's attitude from confident to somewhat unsure.



After a 12-year run, Chris Meloni has chosen to leave the 'SVU' stages, which means Det. Elliot Stabler will be leaving the squad room.

All of his co-workers will feel the loss, but none more than Olivia Benson, his partner for that whole time. The SVU team will be adjusting to the end of that partnership for the first several episodes of the season.

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'Law & Order: SVU' Execs Say Mariska Hargitay Will Appear in Every Episode Next Season

by Catherine Lawson, posted Jun 30th 2011 7:40AM
Mariska HargitayIt's been a confusing time for fans of 'Law & Order: SVU' over the last few months. First, veteran showrunner Neal Baer stepped down, and then came news of star Christopher Meloni's surprise exit.

After producers hired not one, but two, new actors for lead roles in the wake of Meloni's departure, worried fans have been left to question the fate of Mariska Hargitay and her character, Det. Olivia Benson.

Now producers have acted to reassure fans, telling 'Entertainment Weekly' that the new additions to the cast do not pose a threat to Hargitay, and that she will continue to play a marquee role in the 'Law & Order' franchise when it returns in the fall.

A NBC spokesman said that Hargitay will appear in every episode of the upcoming Season 13 even though Kelly Giddish ('The Chase') and Danny Pino ('Cold Case') have joined the cast.

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Who Should Replace Christopher Meloni on 'Law & Order: SVU'?

by Maggie Furlong, posted Jun 22nd 2011 8:00AM
Chris Meloni, 'Law & Order: SVU'Christopher Meloni will leave a Stabler-shaped hole in the hearts of 'Law & Order: Special Victims Unit' fans this fall.

We don't yet know how he'll say goodbye to 'SVU' after 12 seasons on the job, but it's never too early to start preparing ourselves for someone else taking over the sex crimes beat.

While rumors have been swirling about who will replace Mariska Hargitay -- she's only coming back for 13 episodes next season as Olivia Benson before departing herself -- not much has popped up in the way of recasting the role Meloni made famous.

Assuming they'll keep a man on the job to maintain that same partner dynamic, we've come up with a few great options (casting agents, take note!) to spar with Hargitay and her eventual successor, including two 'L&O' franchise alums and two stars from opposing sides on 'The Wire.'

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Christopher Meloni's 'SVU' Replacement: Who's on the Short List?

by Catherine Lawson, posted Jun 21st 2011 6:35AM
Mariska Hargitay and Christopher MeloniIt's only been a month since Christopher Meloni stepped down from 'Law & Order: Special Victims Unit,' but producers are reportedly screen-testing his possible replacements in New York today.

Production on the upcoming Season 13 is due to get underway soon and, according to Deadline.com, 'SVU' creator/executive producer Dick Wolf and NBC have narrowed the field to a short list of five.

The actors, who have all doubtless just spent a sleepless night in the Big Apple rehearsing their lines, have been named as: Danny Pino ('Cold Case'), Kevin Alejandro ('True Blood,' 'Southland'), David Conrad ('Ghost Whisperer'), Michael Raymond-James ('Terriers') and Rhys Coiro ('Entourage').

Each one will test today with Meloni's co-star, Mariska Hargitay, who plays Det. Olivia Benson on the drama. Both Alejandro and Raymond-James recently guest-starred on 'SVU,' so could be feeling like they've got the edge.

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Mariska Hargitay Opens Up About Christopher Meloni Leaving 'Law & Order: SVU'

by Jean Bentley, posted May 27th 2011 11:20AM
Christopher Meloni, Mariska Hargitay, Law and Order: SVUMariska Hargitay is just as upset as we are about Christopher Meloni's decision not to return as Det. Elliot Stabler on 'Law & Order: SVU' next season.

The actress also known as Olivia Benson told TV Line, "For the past 12 years Chris has been my partner and friend, both on screen and off. He inspired me every day with his integrity, his extraordinary talent and his commitment to the truth. I love him deeply and will miss him terribly -- I'm so excited to see what he'll do next."

We are too, Mariska. We are too.

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Christopher Meloni Not Returning to 'Law & Order: SVU'

by Maggie Furlong, posted May 24th 2011 9:00PM
Christopher Meloni, Law & Order: SVUThe 'Law & Order' franchise drama continues -- with or without the shows' stars.

For weeks, rumors have been swirling that Jennifer Love Hewitt might be replacing Mariska Hargitay's Olivia Benson on 'Special Victims Unit.' Fans breathed a sigh of relief when Hargitay signed on for one more season, but now it looks like it's time to start searching for Elliott Stabler's replacement.

According to TVLine.com, Christopher Meloni will not be returning for the show's 13th season this fall.

'SVU' has been on the air at NBC for over a decade, since 1999, with Meloni and Hargitay as the leads, but while contract negotiations worked out for Hargitay, it wasn't so simple for Meloni. According to TVLine's unnamed source, "Protracted talks between the actor ... and studio NBC Universal broke down on Tuesday."

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Happy 20th Anniversary, 'Dinosaurs'! Where Are They Now?

by Chris Harnick, posted Apr 26th 2011 12:50PM
DinosaursIt's been 20 years since Baby Sinclair first uttered the words "Not the mama!"

Yep, it's OK to feel old now.

On April 26, 1991, the world was introduced to the Sinclair family on ABC's 'Dinosaurs.' The sitcom lasted for four seasons and 65 episodes (58 episodes aired during the first run; the remaining aired in syndication) before ultimately ending with the extinction of dinosaurs. (Inevitable, we suppose.)

While 'Dinosaurs' was a sitcom, the show broke the mold by not having a studio audience or a laugh track. Brought to life by a cast of experienced Henson puppeteers and seasoned voice actors, 'Dinosaurs' is heralded as one of the most ambitious sitcoms ever.

Celebrate the 20th anniversary of the premiere of 'Dinosaurs' with a walk down memory lane after the jump.

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Rose McGowan Plays a Swinger on 'Law & Order: SVU' (VIDEO)

by Oliver Miller, posted Mar 24th 2011 5:25AM
Rose McGowan Plays a Swinger on 'Law & Order:  SVU'Ah, "undercover" forays into the sexy, sexy world of strip clubs and swinger clubs. Where would police procedural dramas be without them? After all, trips to dark nightclubs filled with scantily-clad women help to break up the monotony of your more "standard" crimes -- you know, murder and arson and such.

On the new 'Law & Order: SVU' (Wed., 10PM ET on NBC), Detectives Stabler and Benson (Christopher Meloni and Mariska Hargitay) enter the steamy world of a swingers' club, posing as a sexy couple in order to investigate the murder of a swinger. Is this plausible? No. Is this something that real detectives ever do? Double no.

But it does give us a chance to see sultry Rose McGowan -- of 'Charmed' fame -- wearing a low-cut dress in her guest-starring role as a fellow swinger. So, that's nice.

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Will 'Law & Order: SVU' Return for Season 13?

by Chris Harnick, posted Feb 10th 2011 10:10AM
Mariska Hargitay, Chris Meloni, Law and Order: SVUIt's that time again: Contract negotiations have begun with the stars of NBC's 'Law & Order: SVU.'

Mariska Hargitay and Chris Meloni are only contracted through the end of season 12, but according to departing showrunner Neal Baer, the show will likely return for a season 13.

"[Harigtay and Meloni are] as committed to playing Olivia and Elliot as they were the first day I walked in and saw them in the interrogation room," Baer told TVLine. "It's an amazing thing that never lags. [Mariska and Chris] are so professional and the ultimate artists in that they're there to realize their characters, making them as strong, believable and compelling as possible. And there aren't a lot of opportunities to do that [in television]."

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'Law & Order: SVU': Another Link in the Chain (VIDEO)

by Oliver Miller, posted Nov 4th 2010 1:25AM
'Law & Order: SVU': Another Link in the ChainInvestigating a grizzly murder is bad enough on its own. But what if that single crime leads to a much greater mystery? That's the situation on 'Law & Order: SVU' (Wed., 9PM ET on NBC).

[Warning: Spoiler alert.]

A young woman named Samantha is raped and murdered; her body is left in an industrial laundry facility. Now Detectives Benson and Stabler (Mariska Hargitay and Christopher Meloni) must track down her killer. But when a string of clues leads them to an anonymous house in New York City, they get a lot more than they bargained for.

The detectives stop Jason Gamble (Joseph Sikora) outside his house, just to ask a few questions. He's not the suspect they're looking for. But when Jason goes inside to get a piece of info for the cops, he suddenly locks the door on them. That's rude, but what happens next is a lot worse.

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'Law & Order: SVU' -- A "Bad Guy" in a Box (VIDEO)

by Oliver Miller, posted Oct 21st 2010 6:37AM
'Law & Order: SVU' -- A 'Bad Guy' in a BoxOn the latest 'Law & Order: SVU' (Wed., 9PM ET on NBC), a series of grizzly crimes take place. Detectives Benson and Stabler must solve the puzzle and stop the attacks. But it turns out that big mysteries can come in unexpected packages.

[Warning: Spoiler alert.]


Seemingly innocent men are being mutilated with the use of a coat hanger. Horrifically, words are scratched into the men's chests. The first word is "RUINER." The second word is "TRAITOR." What is going on? Soon, the two detectives (played by Mariska Hargitay and Christopher Meloni) discover that a third man is targeted. They rush to the aid of the "innocent" man, but will they make it in time?

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