mariska hargitay svu Mariska Hargitay eyes new role on 'Law and Order: SVU'; Jennifer Love Hewitt to step in?Mariska Hargitay may be scaling back her responsibilities with NBC.

]]> “Law & Order: SVU” as she inks a new deal for the 13th season of the crime drama. Deadline reports that Hargitay is looking to work fewer hours at her previous salary of $400,000 per episode. Producers solution? Detective Olivia Benson will continue business as usual for the first 13 episodes, at which point the character will be promoted to a supervisor position, making room for a new female detective to take her place. It is being rumored that Jennifer Love Hewitt is in talks for said role. Hargitay may be hoping to spend less time at work and more time at home, as she and hubby Peter Hermann debuted adopted newborn Amaya Josephine in early April. Their new daughter joins 4-year-old son, August.

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