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Law & Order: SVU back for season 16

1 of 1 Hargitay - Expected to return as Olivia Benson
Hargitay - Expected to return as Olivia Benson

US network NBC has agreed a deal with creator and executive producer Dick Wolf for a 16th season of procedural Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, with star Mariska Hargitay expected to return.

Deadline.com reports that the lengthy negotiations were as a result of cost-cutting plans for the new season.

The show's executive producer, Warren Leight, tweeted: "It's official. Thank you #SVUDiehards, cast and crew, Dick Wolf, @Mariska, Bob Greenblatt [NBC Chairman] and @nbc. #SVUSweetSixteen!!"

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