In a move that could signal the end of Maggie on the Walking Dead, Variety is reporting that Lauren Cohan has just landed the lead role in ABC’s pilot for Whiskey Cavalier.
According to the report, “Cohan does not currently have a contract in place to return for The Walking Dead’s upcoming ninth season and has been in negotiations with AMC for months over her potential return to the zombie apocalypse series. Cohan has been on the AMC show since its second season…If Whiskey Cavalier moves forward, it is possible Cohan could return to The Walking Dead on a recurring basis in Season 9 or simply leave the show entirely.”
Deadline reports that one factor may have been Cohan’s pay scale, as “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.”
Showrunner Scott Gimple also recently spoke to TVLine about the contract negotiations, saying that he was “…incredibly hopeful about” a new deal being struck” but that “These things do happen in TV.”
Whiskey Cavalier is written and executive produced by Dave Hemingson, and is described in Variety as “…a high-octane hour-long action dramedy that follows the adventures of tough but tender FBI super agent Will Chase (Scott Foley) who, following an emotional break-up, is assigned to work with badass CIA operative Francesca “Frankie” Trowbridge (Cohan). Together, they lead an inter-agency team of flawed, funny, heroic spies who periodically save the world (and each other) while navigating the rocky roads of friendship, romance and office politics.”
The Walking Dead Season Nine debuts this Sunday on AMC, in the face of the surprising and unpopular decision to kill off Carl Grimes (Chandler Riggs) and a serious drop in ratings (as detailed by HNN’s John Evans here).
Will the franchise be able to withstand the loss of another major star if negotiations with Cohan fall through? Be sure to keep coming back to Horror News Network for more details on this breaking story.