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Press: ‘Walking Dead’ Kicks Off “Decade” Of Expansion Plans

DEADLINE – Looking to go for many more years, The Walking Dead premieres its upcoming ninth season next week in Los Angeles with a full-on Hollywood screening at the Directors Guild of America. However, with a plethora of photographs of the new season dropped today also (see below), it is the Big Apple that the AMC blockbuster intends to take a bite of more immediately.

With the departure of lead Andrew Lincoln and changes behind the camera in the form of new showrunner Angela Kang, TWD will hold panels at both PaleyFest New York and New York Comic Con in early October just before the Season 9 debut. Just like at San Diego Comic-Con, those shindigs will be packed to fire marshal capacity. Even with ratings declines the past couple of years, TWD has still been the top drama on all of TV in the key 18-49 demo for the past six seasons.

As notions of potential spinoffs, more crossovers and other platforms of the show have been long teased by former showrunner and now-Chief Content Officer Scott M. Gimple, AMC CEO Josh Sapan made TWD‘s future slightly more concrete when he told a recent investors’ gathering that the idea is to go for another decade in some form or another. As AMC’s SVP and Co-Head of Corporate Communications noted:

All of which adds to the drama as TWD is aiming for a reset of sorts with its ninth season.

Leading into that and coming just 24 hours before the Season 9 opener on October 7 on AMC, the 8 PM ET NYCC gathering will feature Lincoln plus castmates Norman Reedus, Danai Gurira, Melissa McBride and Jeffrey Dean Morgan, who plays now seemingly conquered villain Negan on the show based on Robert Kirkman’s comics.

Also in attendance at the Theater at Madison Square Garden, as in past years at the confab, will be EPs Kirkman, Gale Anne Hurd, Dave Alpert, and Greg Nicotero, who directed the season opener. EP and COO Gimple will also be onstage at MSG, along moderator Chris Hardwick and new showrunner Kang, who penned the first episode of Season 9.

As always at both NYCC and SDCC, expect a sneak peek or two at the new season.

However, if you are going to be at PaleyFest on October 6, you’ll get much more than a peek. The 3 PM ET TWD panel at 25 West 52nd Street with most if not all of the same participants will serve as the East Coast premiere of the full first episode of Season 9.

As original cast member Lincoln exits, first reported by Deadline back in May and confirmed by the Love Actually actor at SDCC, the post-apocalypse world of TWD is very different at the beginning of Season 9, which picks up a year and bit after the big showdown between Lincoln’s Survivors and allies and Negan’s gang. Along with Lauren Cohan scaling back her participation because of her new ABC series Whiskey Cavalier, the series offered another glimpse into the new reality of things with a series of photographs unveiled today of both of the new episodes and BTS.

 

 

 

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Press: ‘Walking Dead’ Star Lauren Cohan Breaks Down AMC Contract Dispute

 

VARIETY – “Walking Dead” star Lauren Cohan delved into her contract dispute with AMC on SiriuXM’s “Andy Cohen Live” on Wednesday

 

Cohan said her request for a pay increase was a standard business practice which came while she was negotiating a new contract with the show.

 

“It wasn’t actually that I was asking for it, it was that my contract had finished,” Cohan said. “So that’s pretty standard renegotiation.” Cohan went on to say that she is hoping to explore “comedy and happier fare,” like her upcoming ABC spy dramedy “Whiskey Cavalier.”

 

The actress also reassured fans the salary dispute doesn’t mean the end for her “Walking Dead” character, Maggie, and she is still focused on working on the show.

 

“My ‘Walking Dead’ story is open, it’s not finished,” Cohan said. “You don’t break up with someone and forget about them and delete them from your life, no, things transition into different places.

 

Cohan is reportedly only going to appear in handful of episodes in “The Walking Dead’s” upcoming ninth season. This comes as series star Andrew Lincoln formally announced that Season 9 will be his last with the show.

 

“This has been the most extraordinary, amazing, and beautiful experience of my career,” Lincoln said at the show’s San Diego Comic-Con panel last week. He also said that he would be taking a break from acting to spend more time with his family back in England

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Press: San Diego Comic Con 2018 – Lauren Cohan and Danai Gurira deliver pizza to a Walking Dead fan

EW – From post-apocalyptic survivors to Postmates?

 

The Walking Dead stars Lauren Cohan and Danai Gurira took a break from battling zombies (and promoting their hit AMC series) to hand-deliver some pizzas to one lucky fan during San Diego Comic-Con this weekend. And lucky for us, they got the whole thing on tape.

 

In a video posted to Cohan’s Instagram account Saturday, the two actresses — who portray Hilltop leader Maggie and katana-wielding badass Michonne — stroll casually down a Hard Rock Hotel hallway carrying two pies for an unsuspecting TWD enthusiast.

 

“Hey, pizza delivery!” Gurira says as they approach the delivery destination.

 

“They were really short-staffed downstairs, and we were like, ‘All right!’” Cohan tells the bewildered fan, Angie. The video cuts off with the promise of a group photo — all in a day’s work.

 

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Press: San Diego Comic Con 2018 – Don’t Expect Maggie and Rick to Fight to the Death

TV GUIDE – When The Walking Dead concluded Season 8, Rick (Andrew Lincoln) made the controversial decision to let Negan (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) live instead of killing him for all the pain and suffering and death he bestowed on Rick’s group. (To be fair, Rick slit Negan’s throat, but Negan survived.)

 

Many fans weren’t happy about the decision, and they shared the feeling of Maggie (Lauren Cohan), who wanted Negan to pay for turning her husband Glenn’s (Steven Yeun) head into brain spaghetti with a baseball bat. In the final moments of the Season 8 finale, Maggie, Jesus (Tom Payne) and Daryl (Norman Reedus) gathered at the Hilltop to seemingly conspire against Rick for keeping Negan alive.

 

It set up a possible civil war inside the group with Rick leading one faction and Maggie leading the other, and had us all theorizing that the divide might have something to do with Lincoln and Cohan leaving the show next season. They totally kill each other, right? Wrong.

 

At The Walking Dead press conference held in San Diego Comic-Con after the fan panel, Season 8 showrunner Scott Gimple addressed the situation and essentially defused things a little bit.

 

“We’ve got to remember where we left Maggie in the last season,” Gimple said. “They made a deal in the finale that Negan was done. They were going to kill him. So when Rick spared his life and Maggie broke down, she broke down because of all the sheer emotion of everything that he had done to Glen and everybody around them. All the pain that he had inflicted on everyone. So Maggie felt betrayed.”

 

It appears that Gimple tried to explain that Maggie was angry in the moment, but she wasn’t going to immediately act with some sort of coup. Danai Gurira, who plays Michonne, expanded on the idea and essentially shut out the idea of a possible war between the two, but didn’t rule out lots of complications.

 

“There’s so much tension as a result of that,” Gurira said. “It’s not all-out grown men fighting each other in a pit with two sticks or whatever, it’s more fraught because it’s people who love each other and it’s people who want to be on the same page, but really, really aren’t. It’s family. It’s a family feud, which is actually much in some ways scarier, and it feels much more volatile.”

 

So for all of you out there getting your #TeamRick and #TeamMaggie shirts ready, better put a pin in it for a bit.

 

The Walking Dead returns for Season 9 Sunday, Oct. 7 on AMC.

Press/Video: ‘Walking Dead’ Unveils Season 9 Trailer, Premiere Date at Comic-Con

 

VARIETY – The long-running AMC zombie series showed off the first official trailer for its upcoming ninth season on Friday.

 

The trailer debuted at “The Walking Dead’s” Comic-Con panel following the “Fear the Walking Dead” presentation, which featured its own trailer for the upcoming season. AMC also announced the new season’s premiere date: Oct. 7 at 9 p.m.

 

Season 9 picks up after the conclusion of the all-out war the survivors waged against Negan and his Saviors, focusing on Andrew Lincoln’s character, Rick Grimes, picking up the pieces and putting together the utopian society for a post-apocalyptic world. The footage featured Grimes and the rest of the survivors assembling infrastructure in their new society, as well as conversations with an imprisoned Negan. The trailer also showed tensions running high as supposedly reformed saviors clash with other survivors in disputes about how their new civilization should function and treat one another.

 

The walkers still remain an ever-present threat, as the trailer also contained cuts of Grimes and company fighting off the undead onslaught.

 

Lincoln also confirmed at the panel that he will leave the show this next season after leading it since its start in 2010.

 

The series also stars Norman Reedus, Lauren Cohan, Chandler Riggs, Danai Gurira, Melissa McBride, Lennie James, Alanna Masterson, Josh McDermitt, Christian Serratos, Seth Gilliam, Ross Marquand, Austin Amelio, Tom Payne, Xander Berkeley, Khary Payton, and Jeffrey Dean Morgan.

 

 

Press: ‘The Walking Dead’ Season 9 First Footage Arrives

 

COMICBOOK – AMC has released a sneak peek at The Walking Dead season 9 ahead of its full trailer premiere Friday at San Diego Comic-Con.

 

The 25-second sneak peek highlights future leading man Daryl and Hilltop leader Maggie and teases an all new beginning for the survivors.

 

Daryl and a blood-soaked Maggie trek through the woods.

 

“You think you got all this on lock?” says an unseen Negan as Rick overlooks the united communities sat around a peaceful campfire.

 

“We need to start talking about making some rules,” Michonne tells Maggie. Faces say it all: neither are happy with each other. The controversy of Rick’s decision to spare Negan lingers in the air between them.

 

“An agreement between all the communities,” Michonne tells the Hilltop leader. “Like, ‘This is how we treat each other… and this is what happens when we don’t.’”

 

Rick heads through a built-up camp. Rosita does some gun-keeping with Beatrice of Oceanside. A stick-thin tree stump serves as a makeshift direction post. HQ and Sanctuary to the left. Oceanside, Alexandria, and Toledo, Ohio, to the right.

 

Rick nods to former Saviors Laura and Arat. Kingdom loyalists Jerry and Nabila share a kiss. Daryl socks a big guy, Jed — one of the new season 9 characters played by series newcomer Zach McGowan.

 

AMC will debut the trailer in full at The Walking Dead’s annual San Diego Comic-Con presentation Friday afternoon.

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