This is off our normal beat, but during the show renewal and cancellation phase earlier in the month there was a lot of interest about whether Mariska Hargitay and Chris Meloni would get their contract issues resolved and return to their roles on Law & Order: . From our perspective the return was never in doubt, especially once the show's renewal was announced.
However, apparently there is still a bit of "i" dotting and "t" crossing to be done. From TV Guide:
A new deal is in the works to bring Mariska Hargitay and Chris Meloni back to Law & Orderfor an eleventh season. Hargitay flew to L.A. last week to discuss the details with creator Dick Wolf, and the agreement is expected to be announced within the week.