ABC picked up three new dramas for its 2018-19 TV schedule on Friday — and one of them has very big implications for The Walking Dead.
Whiskey Cavelier joins the ABC roster and stars Walking Dead regular Lauren Cohan. The spy dramedy is produced by and stars Scott Foley, with Cohan cast as the lead actress. Cohan reupped her Walking Dead contract for Season 9, but having a series regular role on a broadcast show is a big indicator that Maggie's fate is in serious jeopardy the next time she meets a group of Walkers on the AMC drama.
Also, renewing a contract as a series regular on The Walking Dead doesn't mean you'll survive. Andrew J. West, who played Gareth, signed on as a series regular before Season 5 and was killed off in that season's third episode. At the end of Season 8, Maggie was planning to rise against Rick Grimes after he failed to kill Negan.
ABC also announced Friday it was picking up Grand Hotel, Eva Longoria's drama about the last family-owned hotel in Miami Beach. An adaption of the Spanish series, Grand Hotel follows the charismatic hotel owner Santiago Mendoza (Demian Bichir), while his glamorous second wife Gigi (Roselyn Sanchez) and their adult children enjoy the spoils of success. Wealthy and beautiful guests bask in luxury, but scandals, debt and secrets hide beneath the picture-perfect exterior.
Cohan and Longoria are just the beginning though. Marcia Clark also joins the ABC family with The Fix. The former O.J. Simpson prosecutor will write and executive produce the legal drama about a female prosecutor named Maya Travis (Robin Tunney) who loses a big case when trying an A-list actor for a double murder. Eight years later when the A-list murder is accused of another murder, Maya gets a second chance at getting justice. Please tell us we don't need to point out the parallels here.
ABC will announce its full fall schedule next week.
Additional reporting by Malcolm Venable