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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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Video: Lauren on Live with Kelly and Ryan

Press: Upcoming Talk Show Appearance

Lauren will be on Live with Kelly and Ryan on Thursday, Oct 19. Check your local listings to find out what time and station the show is on.

 

Press: The Walking Dead’s Lauren Cohan Is Set on Survival

 
 

INTERVIEW MAGAZINE – It’s war on The Walking Dead. And if we’ve learned anything over the show’s seven seasons, casualties will mount and, quite literally, everything’s at stake when the AMC drama returns for its 100th episode and season eight premiere this Sunday. In a post-apocalyptic, brutal world full of walkers, opposing groups fight for survival, control, independence, and, depending on whom you ask, “the greater good.” Some existential questions ensue: What does it take to endure? And what will be sacrificed along the way?

 

According to Lauren Cohan, the British-American actress who’s played Maggie Greene since the second season, the key to her character’s perseverance is simple: heart. “Heart as in spirit,” explains Cohan. “The ability to communicate and to inspire people to fight, inspire people to love, inspire people be vulnerable even when you’ve been hurt or bashed or crushed … She’s able to let people in even when she’s completely emotionally destroyed.”

 

Maggie has experienced more than her fair share of loss: an incomplete list of departed loved ones includes her father Hershel (Scott Wilson) and sister Beth (Emily Kinney); her husband Glenn (Steven Yeun), who met his end at the hands of Negan (Jeffrey Dean Morgan), leaving Maggie alone while pregnant with their child; and, most recently, her friend Sasha (Sonequa Martin-Green), who closed season seven with an act of self-sacrifice, swallowing a poison pill in defiance of Negan. Despite it all, Maggie remains a leader and beacon of resolve.

 

HALEY WEISS: I read about the death dinners you have when cast are killed off of the show, and that you were responsible for bringing a karaoke machine into the picture when Steven Yeun and Michael Cudlitz left. Is that true?

 

LAUREN COHAN: You know what, it was Danai [Gurira]’s idea; I just made the phone call. We always have these death dinners, and we’ve obviously had so many people leave now. We still have the really sad part of the night where everyone sort of says their goodbyes, but Danai had this great idea to liven it up for the second part. We finished the night singing Backstreet Boys karaoke and everything else cheesy you can imagine. Steven was the first who we had the idea to do that for, because he really is such a karaoke king—I don’t know if he’s karaoke king, he’ll kill me if I say that—but he’s a really good singer. And he’s very sentimental, so we sang a bunch of ridiculous stuff. That night we did a tribute; we started it off with Backstreet Boys, and we all dressed as the Backstreet Boys [combined] with [Cudlitz’s character] Abraham—we had all white on and ginger mustaches. Everybody was sitting and eating barbecue, and all the girls filed out and did this dedication to Steven. It was really good. We cried and laughed.

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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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