Casting Bits: Lauren Cohan Confirms Return to 'The Walking Dead,' Geena Davis to Reprise 'Grey's Anatomy' Role and More

Casting Bits: Lauren Cohan Confirms Return to 'The Walking Dead,' Geena Davis to Reprise 'Grey's Anatomy' Role and More

The TV season is starting to wind down but casting news is still rolling out. The Walking Dead star Lauren Cohan has confirmed a big piece of news for the upcoming season 9. The Big Bang Theory is enlisting a lot of stars for their wedding finale, including one from a galaxy far, far away. A former Bachelor star is still plugging away at the world of acting, while Grey's Anatomy secures a returning movie star and Stranger Things season 3 signs up two more.

Lauren Cohan Will Be Back for The Walking Dead Season 9

The Walking Dead fans can breathe a small sigh of relief. The big cliffhanger of season 8 won't be left hanging. EW has reported that star Lauren Cohan will be back as Maggie Rhee for season 9, in some capacity. Cohan's return was in some doubt as the actress still hasn't signed a new contract and has a new pilot lined up at ABC. Both things are still true but according to Cohan she will be back. At the very least, she'll wrap up the cliffhanger but presumably Maggie will be there for the long haul of season 9. 

"I'm going back," she explained. "There's a lot more Maggie story to tell. You know we're not allowed to tell you anything, but it's good." 

If Cohan's ABC pilot is picked up, fans might want to prepare for a diminished Maggie presence, if not a story that writes her out of the show altogether. Yet Maggie's big plan to show Rick and Michonne that they were wrong to spare Negan will come to fruition. 

The Big Bang Theory Wedding Is a Star-Studded Affair 

The Big Bang Theory season 11 will end with the long awaited wedding of Sheldon Cooper and Amy Farrah Fowler. The sitcom is pulling out all the stops when it comes to the big nuptials, according to TVLine. Of course, actors and characters who have appeared previously will be in attendance as Laurie Metcalf is returning as Sheldon's mother and so is Courtney Henggeler as Sheldon's sister, Missy. Wil Wheaton will also reprise his role, as himself. Brian Posehn will be back as Bert Kibbler too and John Ross Bowie is reprising his role as Barry Kripke.

In addition, Jerry O'Connell will play Georgie Cooper, Sheldon's previously unseen (in The Big Bang Theory) brother. 

The big news is that Kathy Bates, Mark Hamill and Teller (of Penn and Teller) will also appear in the finale. Bates and Teller will be playing Amy's parents. Mark Hamill's role hasn't been disclosed but he'll probably be playing himself in some capacity. 

Bachelor Star Nick Viall to Guest on General Hospital

Bachelor star Nick Viall has secured his next acting gig. TVInsider reports that the former lead of The Bachelor will appear in a big upcoming episode of the soap  General Hospital Viall will be the host of the Nurses Ball, an annual event in General Hospital history that sees the characters perform song and dance numbers for charity. Viall will be interviewing the characters as they head into the ball. 

Geena Davis Is Returning to Grey's Anatomy 

Grey's Anatomy seems to be getting a little movie star help to usher Jessica Capshaw off the series. Deadline is reporting that Geena Davis is reprising her role as Dr. Nicole Herman in the penultimate episode of Grey's Anatomy season 14. Herman will appear in the episode "Cold as Ice" and, per the official episode description, will talk "to Arizona (Jessica Capshaw) about an exciting opportunity." 

Since Capshaw will be exiting at the end of season 14, perhaps Davis' character will be offering a new job that allows the character to peacefully and happily exit the series. 

Stranger Things Season 3 Adds Cary Elwes and Jake Busey

The cast of Stranger Things continues to grow. Deadline is reporting that for the anticipated season 3, Cary Elwes ( The Princess Bride, Robin Hood: Men in Tights) and Jake Busey ( Ray Donovan) have joined the cast. The actors have joined the series in a guest star capacity but seem to have rather big roles, especially Elwes. 

Elwes will play Mayor Kline. The mayor of Hawkins, Indiana, Elwes' character is described as "handsome, slick and sleazy." Like many elements of Stranger Things, Kline will be a homage to classic '80s tropes, representing the corrupt authority who's more concerned about his image than doing the right thing. 

Busey, meanwhile, will be playing Bruce, a reporter for The Hawkins Post. He's described as having "questionable morals and a sick sense of humor."

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