Mariska Hargitay and Christopher Meloni have signed deals to continue on “Law & Order: SVU,” and those of us who need NBC to do well can only say “whew.” It’s no secret the Peacock doesn’t have an embarassment of prime-time riches right now, so long live Benson and Stabler.
As it turns out, they negotiate in tandem, which brings to mind another power duo who did the same thing. Sandy Koufax and Don Drysdale threatened to hold out unless the Dodgers paid them six-figure salaries for the 1966 season. Koufax got $125,000, Drysdale $115,000.
Hargitay and Meloni will reportedly get north of $400,000. An episode.
But like the Dodgers needed Koufax & Drysdale 43 years ago, NBC needs Hargitay & Meloni.
As Babe Ruth said when asked why he was demanding more money than President Hoover, “I had a better year than he did.”