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Press: ‘The Walking Dead’: Lauren Cohan Only Returning For Half of Season 9

COMICBOOK.COM – The Walking Dead’s Maggie actress Lauren Cohan is only booked to return for less than half of the show’s first season.

 

Cohan joined the AMC show in its second season and is one of very few stars of The Walking Dead to have endured such a long tenure heading into Season Nine and still be an active part of the series. However, Deadline is reporting that Cohan’s new contract for Season Nine only brings her back for six episodes, meaning she will likely pack her bags and head out of production by the Mid-Season Nine finale at the latest.

 

Cohan recently signed on for the new ABC series Whiskey Cavalier which has been picked up for a series. She recently opened up about returning to the series, at least in short, ahead of the six-episode contract being revealed.

 

“I’m going back,” Cohan told EW. “There’s a lot more Maggie story to tell.” As for whether or not Maggie will indeed be pitted against Rick and Michonne as was teased in the Season Eight finale only weeks ago, Cohan can’t comment. In fact, she can’t such much else other than she will be there.

 

“You know we’re not allowed to tell you anything, but it’s good,” she said.

 

During The Walking Dead’s production off-season, Cohan shot Mile 22 with co-stars Mark Wahlberg and Ronda Rousey. Shortly after word of the actress’ contract with AMC having expired after the show’s eighth season, she signed on for a new ABC pilot by the name of Whiskey Cavalier. The status of Whiskey Cavalier is unknown at this point.

 

Should the AMC show choose to pit Maggie against her longtime ally Rick Grimes, Andrew Lincoln is prepared for a dramatic season.

 

“She’s terrifying. When she comes full-Cohan, that emotional force is like a freakin’ hurricane,” Lincoln told ComicBook.com. “It’s crazy. That’s a big turn. It makes for a very interesting set up for this year, certainly. I’m excited. She’s a wonderful actress, LC. She’s so true. When she hits it, there’s nobody like her. I think it’s wonderful that she’s got this power as a performer and also the stage that Maggie now has in the show and in the community, what she represents, I think it makes for a formidable force.”

 

The Walking Dead will return for its ninth season in the fall.

 

 

Press/Gallery: Lauren Cohan, Scott Foley lock horns in ‘Whiskey Cavalier’ trailer

UPI – ABC released the first trailer for Whiskey Cavalier, its new action drama starring The Walking Dead actress Lauren Cohan and Scandal alum Scott Foley.

 

The title refers to the code name of Foley’s FBI agent Will Chase.

 

“Following an emotional break-up, Chase is assigned to work with badass CIA operative Francesca ‘Frankie’ Trowbridge (codename: ‘Fiery Tribune,’) played by Lauren Cohan,” a message accompanying the clip on YouTube said. “Together, they lead an inter-agency team of flawed, funny and heroic spies who periodically save the world (and each other) while navigating the rocky roads of friendship, romance and office politics.”

 

Tuesday’s 3-minute preview shows Chase and Trowbridge meeting for the first time in a bar and immediately becoming rivals as they work the same case. Ana Ortiz, Tyler James Williams and Vir Das co-star.

 

 

 

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Press: “The Walking Dead’s Lauren Cohan to return for season 9

EW – The Hilltop will have its leader back for season 9.

 

Lauren Cohan, who plays Maggie Greene on The Walking Dead, revealed at CinemaCon in Las Vegas on Tuesday night that she will indeed be returning to the AMC drama. While stars Andrew Lincoln and Norman Reedus had previously signed on for season 9 — which begins filming next week — Cohan had been a holdout as she negotiated for a better deal. (One of her cast members showed support for her on social media by posting this simple message: “Pay the woman.”)

 

When Cohan joined the ABC pilot Whiskey Cavalier, her future on TWD became even more tenuous. However, the actress was at CinemaCon to promote her upcoming movie Mile 22 with Mark Wahlberg, and when asked about her status for the upcoming season 9, she revealed that she will be back.

 

“I’m going back,” Cohan told EW. “There’s a lot more Maggie story to tell.” As for what viewers can expect? “You know we’re not allowed to tell you anything, but it’s good,” she teased.

Press: The Walking Dead’s Lauren Cohan signs on for ABC pilot

EW – With contract uncertainty surrounding an unsigned Lauren Cohan for the already renewed season 9 of The Walking Dead, the actress best known for playing Maggie Greene on the AMC zombie drama has signed on for a lead role in an ABC drama pilot titled Whiskey Cavalier, EW has confirmed.

 

Cohan will play Frankie Trowbridge (whose codename is Fiery Tribune), a CIA operative who must work with FBI agent Will Chase (whose codename is Whiskey Cavalier and is played by Scott Foley) in the inter-agency drama.

 

What this means for Cohan’s Walking Dead future remains unclear. Season 8 could mark the end for both Cohan and Maggie, or the actress could return in a limited capacity for season 9, or even as a series regular should Whiskey Cavalier become a midseason entry for 2019. Or, if the new ABC show does not get picked up to series, Cohan could remain on The Walking Dead with a new contract even beyond season 9. But this certainly puts the pressure on AMC to get some sort of deal with Cohan done to make sure an endgame for the character of Maggie is firmly in place.

 

The Walking Dead returns on Feb. 25 on AMC.

Press: Lauren Cohan Fielding Slew Of Pilot Offers – Is She Done With ‘The Walking Dead’?

 

DEADLINE – The first batches of offers for the 2018 broadcast pilots are out, and one surprising name has stood out, The Walking Dead star Lauren Cohan. The actress, who plays Maggie on the hit AMC zombie drama, has been very sought after with close to half-dozen offers so far.

 

The development may come as a shock to TWD fans because her character is alive and well on the show where death lurks around every corner. A fan favorite, Cohan has been on the series since the beginning of Season 2, which she joined as a recurring, becoming a series regular in Season 3. Cohan’s contract is up at the end of TWD‘s current eighth season, making her available for new series.

 

There had been rumblings that Cohan had sought parity with her male co-stars Andrew Lincoln and Norman Reedus, who are paid significantly more than all of their female colleagues. I hear that was brought up early on but was not made a make-or-break requirement for Cohan to come back as she had joined the show later than Lincoln and Reedus who, on average, appear in more scenes than just about anyone else on the series. I hear AMC offered Cohan a modest salary increase in exchange for a long-term contract, which was rejected, a standard practice in talent re-negotiations.

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Press: The Walking Dead – Lauren Cohan ‘devastated’ by Carl’s death

 

EW – Fans of The Walking Dead were stunned when it was revealed at the end of the Dec. 10 midseason finale that Carl (Chandler Riggs) had been bitten by a zombie, signaling that both the character and the actor’s days were numbered on the show. And fans weren’t the only ones surprised.

 

Cast members were also thrown for a loop by the news, including Lauren Cohan, who plays Maggie. “I didn’t really believe it,” says Cohan about when she was first informed. “I was definitely in shock. I’m still in shock about it.”

 

She is far from alone. Andrew Lincoln told EW that, “I never saw it coming. I always thought that the kid would be the future, and that was the whole point of this — that I was going to hand over the revolver and let him walk off into the distance.” And Norman Reedus, who admitted to being “desperately unhappy” about the move, told us, “I always thought Chandler would be the last man standing, to be honest.”

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Press: Lauren Cohan Joins Mark Walhberg in Action Movie ‘Mile 22’

 

THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER – Lauren Cohan (The Walking Dead) is joining Mark Walhberg in Mile 22, an action movie from STXfilms, the company announced Tuesday.

 

Peter Berg (Lone Survivor, Deepwater Horizon) is directing the project that already has a cast that includes John Malkovich, MMA star Ronda Rousey and Asian action star Iko Uwais (The Raid). Filming is set to begin later this month.

 

The script tells the story of an elite American intelligence officer who, aided by a top-secret tactical command unit, tries to smuggle a mysterious police officer with sensitive information out of the country.

 

STX, which recently released Bad Moms Christmas to a lukewarm box-office reception, is hoping Mile 22 launches a franchise for the company and is developing a television series and VR projects around it.

 

Graham Roland and Lea Carpenter wrote the script. Berg, Wahlberg and Stephen Levinson are producing the pic.

 

Cohan is best known for portraying Maggie Greene on the AMC hit series The Walking Dead. She also has appeared on The CW’s The Vampire Diaries and in Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice.

 

Cohan is repped by CAA, John Carrabino Management and Hansen, Jacobson.

Press: The Walking Dead: Lauren Cohan on Maggie’s leadership at Hilltop

EW – Deana was the first one to see it, grooming Maggie as a leader when she first arrived at Alexandria. And now her leadership training is complete. So is Maggie ready to officially take over running the Hilltop from cowardly Gregory?

 

It’s a question we posed to Lauren Cohan during a break at EW’s recent The Walking Dead cover shoot, and it sounds like the farmer’s daughter is prepared to accept that leadership position. “I think that Maggie feels very clear on safeguarding Hilltop and everything else that she can,” says Cohan. “And she knows that the Hilltop looks to her and respects her and follows her. And I think really quickly it snowballs into being in that place of leadership, but we’re all taking care of different factions of the world and we’re all in charge of the singular grand purpose. I mean, what else are we going to do?”

 

Without spoiling too much, we can say there is a moment in the season 8 premiere on Sunday Oct. 22 where the Hilltopers will face a choice between Maggie and Gregory, but the choice may not be as easy at it seems. How will it all shake out? You’ll have to watch episode 100 to find out, but in the meantime, check out Cohan in the video clip below talking about Maggie and the Hilltop.

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Press: “The Walking Dead” Former cast members return to celebrate episode 100

EW – All 20 The Walking Dead cast members and executive producers took the stage at the Greek Theatre in Los Angeles for a two-hour live Talking Dead that followed the season 8 premiere of The Walking Dead, which also happened to be the 100th episode of the AMC zombie drama. But they weren’t the only ones on the stage.

 

Host Chris Hardwick also brought out several former cast members who characters were killed off along the way. Sonequa Martin-Green (who played Sasha), Emily Kinney (Beth), Scott Wilson (Hershel), Iron-E Singleton (T-Dog), and Michael Rooker (Merle) were surprise guests at the soiree, while Steven Yeun (Glenn) and Sarah Wayne Callies (Lori) sent in video messages.

 

 

 

We have this exclusive photo of the whole gang together on stage from the event, along with some nifty episode 100 balloons. Enjoy the group shot and then make sure to check out our episode Q&As with star Andrew Lincoln, showrunner Scott M. Gimple, and director Greg Nicotero.

Press: ‘The Walking Dead’: 5 Things We’d Like to See After the Season 8 Premiere

TV Insider – So the All Out War is officially underway, fans of The Walking Dead.

 

We now know that Rick and the gang made themselves a pretty fine and explosive plan that stretched all the way from Alexandria to the Sanctuary (we’re not sure how far that actually is, but oh well).

 

We know that Negan is in a pickle, trapped in a trailer with Father Gabriel and surrounded by a herd of walkers the likes of which we haven’t seen since Atlanta was still a thing. And with the Sanctuary swiss-cheesed by the “Piss Patrol” assault, his numbers might be endangered, too.

 

With so many questions unanswered—Where’s Jadis? What happened to the lady village Tara found a while back? Who’s in those graves? Who’s gas station man? Why’s Rick limping? Why Weird Al? What happens next?—here’s our off-the-cuff wish list as the new season unfolds.

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