And while showrunner Scott Gimple did sound optimistic about a deal being made soon - ahead of production getting underway this May - Variety now brings word that Cohan has signed on to lead ABC drama Whiskey Cavalier.
The Walking Dead officially has a major Maggie problem: After weeks of speculation, Lauren Cohan has indeed attached herself to a new TV project - in this case, the Bill Lawrence-produced ABC action-dramedy pilot Whiskey Cavalier. Cohan first joined the series back in season two.
Moving on? Lauren Cohan may be ready to take her final bow on The Walking Dead. While previous reports suggested that Cohan had been seeking the same salary as fellow long-tenured actors Andrew Lincoln and Norman Reedus, THR says that that is not a make-or-break stipulation - rather, the actress and her reps are "frustrated by AMC's lowball offers".
Earlier this month, Celebrity Insider reported on the stalled negotiations and revealed that Cohan was also entertaining pilot offers from other networks. Or, alternatively, she could just walk away from it completely, given she'll have another show to work on. Whiskey Cavalier can move forward with Cohan but merely feature her in a handful of episodes as she fulfills duties of an eventual Season Nine contract.More news: Olympics: Canadian skating pair Virtue and Moir win ice dance gold
The Walking Dead Season 8 returns Sunday, Feb. 25 at 9/8c on AMC. While there's been no official confirmation about whether or not she's leaving the series, either things aren't looking good for Maggie to appear in Season 9 or this one heck of a negotiating tactic.
Written by Dave Hemingson (Kitchen Confidential, Don't Trust the B***** in Apartment 23), Whiskey Cavalier follows the adventures of Federal Bureau of Investigation agent Will Chase (Foley) who, after an emotional break-up, is paired with a quick and fearless Central Intelligence Agency operative named Frankie Trowbridge (Cohan).
Dave Hemingson penned the script and exec produces the Warner Bros.