Lauren Cohan: What Does Series Pickup Of Her ABC Pilot ‘Whiskey Cavalier’ Mean For Her Future On ‘The Walking Dead’?

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ABC this week gave a series order to Whiskey Cavalier, its hourlong pilot starring Scott Foley and The Walking Dead‘s Lauren Cohan.

The pickup for Whiskey Cavalier means that Cohan won’t be able to return to The Walking Dead full time for the life of her new ABC series. But it doesn’t mean that she won’t be back on the hit AMC drama. Following lengthy negotiations, Cohan recently closed a deal to appear in six episodes from the eight-episode fall half-season of TWD’s Season 9, which she will wrap before production starts on Whiskey Cavalier this summer.

Beyond that, Cohan has been cleared to do multiple episodes during her hiatus from the ABC show. But she still will need to negotiate a deal for that if AMC wants her to continue.

A pivotal figure on the series based on Robert Kirkman’s comics, Cohan had sought a pay increase for a new TWD contract with AMC to succeed her old one, which was up at the end of Season 8. As talks hit an impasse, the in-demand actress entertained broadcast pilot orders and picked Whiskey Cavalier. 


Whiskey Cavalier is a high-octane, hour-long action dramedy that follows the adventures of tough but tender FBI super-agent Will Chase (codename: “Whiskey Cavalier”), played by Scott Foley. Following an emotional break-up, Chase is assigned to work with badass CIA operative Francesca “Frankie” Trowbridge (codename: “Fiery Tribune”), played by Lauren Cohan. Together, they lead an inter-agency team of flawed, funny and heroic spies who periodically save the world (and each other) while navigating the rocky roads of friendship, romance and office politics. The series is from writer/executive producer Dave Hemingson and executive producer Bill Lawrence with Warner Bros. Television.

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