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Q&A: 'SVU' star departs after contract dispute

'SVU' lead departs after dispute

Why did they get rid of Chris Meloni, who plays Elliot Stabler on the show Law & Order: SVU? The changes and replacement fall short. Why are they spoiling a good show? I imagine many fans feel the same.

Christopher Meloni, who played detective Elliot Stabler for 12 seasons and 272 episodes, is off Law & Order: SVU because of a contract dispute.

Meloni, 50, was making a reported $395,000 per episode. Negotiations with series creator Dick Wolfe fell through in May, and Wolfe, who has never been reluctant to dump a character, quickly decided to move on without him. We've seen no credible reports on what Meloni was asking for.

'Bones' is back with baby in tow

I would like to know when Bones will be back on the air.

The mystery series starring Emily Deschanel and David Boreanaz begins its seventh season Thursday at 9 p.m. on Fox. The sixth season ended with Brennan (Deschanel) telling Booth (Boreanaz) she was pregnant and he is the father.

Bestseller flick stars Harmon

I read that Mark Harmon was to play the part of Deputy Police Chief Lucas Davenport in a movie based on the best-seller series Prey by author John Sandford. Any word on when it will be televised?

Harmon will star as Davenport in a TV-movie called Certain Prey, based on the 10th book in Sandford's series. It airs Sunday at 9 p.m. on the USA Network, following a marathon of repeats of Harmon's NCIS series.

If the movie is successful, expect to see more; the Prey series consists of 21 books so far.

Only 'Psychic Kids' know fate

I've been watching for the return of a show that I particularly liked on A&E called Psychic Kids. Do you know when or if it will be back on? Another show that I keep watching for is The Locator about an investigator named Troy Dunn who helps reunite lost family members.

A&E has yet to announce the fate of Psychic Kids: Children of the Paranormal. According to its website, "A&E generally doesn't announce returning series until relatively close to their season premieres. You can check the official show sites or the A&E News feed (aetv.com/news) to see if any announcements have been made."

The show has run for three seasons.

The Deseret News, a newspaper in Salt Lake City, Utah, reported in late July that the WE network had canceled The Locator because, according to star Troy Dunn, the network was beginning to move from family fare to more "tabloid content." The show ran for five seasons. Dunn told the newspaper he is developing a talk show with his wife Jennifer.

Q&A: 'SVU' star departs after contract dispute 10/31/11 [Last modified: Monday, October 31, 2011 5:55pm]
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