UPDATE: Deadline Hollywood reports that Warner Bros. TV will shop the series to other outlets/platforms.
If only Lauren Cohan had another show to fall back on…
Though little surprise to anyone who’s been following the show’s ratings trajectory (and probably music to the ears of more than a few fans of AMC’s The Walking Dead), ABC has cancelled Cohan and Scott Foley‘s (Scandal) action-spy dramedy Whiskey Cavalier. Series executive producer Bill Lawrence confirmed the network’s decision on Sunday:
#WhiskeyCavalier is unfortunately over. I actually did have an investment in the show and the people. I’m sad. I’m grateful for the chance.
— Bill Lawrence (@VDOOZER) May 12, 2019
The series had a bumpy start earlier this year during their winter Television Critics Association (TCA) press event, but the series received a boost when ABC debuted the series following the Academy Awards in February. Even with that start, the ratings began their descent back down to earth. To give some perspective: as of May 9, Whiskey Cavalier‘s 0.57 average made it the 3rd lowest-rated hour drama (behind The Fix and For the People). While the series’ LIVE+ ratings were impressive, the fact that the series was starting from such a low ratings point made the end ratings results less impressive.
During the series’ TCA winter press event, Cohan was quizzed about her future with The Walking Dead universe. Cohan’s Maggie left the series after the current season’s fifth episode, with it being revealed after the series’ time jump that Maggie left with baby Hershel to work with Georgie (Jayne Atkinson), the community builder she had met previously – leaving the door open in a big way for a return.
When asked if Maggie was being considered for a spinoff project similar to Andrew Lincoln‘s three-film Walking Dead spinoff project, Cohan was guarded in her response but didn’t deny the possibility: “There may have been some conversations but everything is so early days ambiguous.. we’ll have to see what happens.”
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 breakup, 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.
Whiskey Cavalier stars Foley as Will Chase, Cohan as Francesca “Frankie” Trowbridge, Ana Ortiz as Susan Sampson, Tyler James Williams as Edgar Standish, and Vir Das as Jai Datta.
ABC’s Whiskey Cavalier stems from from writer/executive producer Dave Hemingson and executive producer Lawrence with Warner Bros. Television. Hemingson is writer and executive producer; Lawrence and Jeff Ingold (Doozer Productions) are executive producers; Peter Atencio is director and executive producer (pilot), and Foley is producer of the series from Warner Bros. Television.