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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

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’: 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: 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: “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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Press: ‘The Walking Dead,’ ‘Fear the Walking Dead’ Plan Character Crossover Next Year

VARIETY – The worlds of AMC’s “The Walking Dead” and “Fear the Walking Dead” will collide at some point next year.

 

A character from one show will crossover to the other series — that’s what “Walking Dead” creator Robert Kirkman told fans Saturday night at the “Walking Dead” panel held at the Theater at Madison Square Garden as part of New York Comic-Con.

 

“Fear” launched in 2015 as a prequel to “Walking Dead.” The “Fear” storyline follows two families at the outset of the zombie apocalypse. “Walking Dead,” which bowed in 2010, follows the struggles of survivors trying not to become “walkers” long after the country has been overrun by the undead.

 

Kirkman would not offer any other details other to say that one character will hop shows next year.

 

“More news coming in the following months,” Kirkman said after teasing the plan for the “one character that I will not name.”

 

“Walking Dead” is set to begin its eighth season on Oct. 22. “Fear the Walking Dead” will wrap its third season on Oct. 15. The buzz about the convergence of worlds could help boost fan interest in Season 4 of “Fear,” which has seen a big drop in viewership since its first season.

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