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Replacing Maura Tierney

Posted by Mr. Feeny on September 11, 2009

The unfortunate news came across the wires yesterday that Maura Tierney’s battle with breast cancer has forced her out of the starring role in NBC’s new drama, Parenthood. Tierney’s been fighting the illness since July and NBC moved back their premiere date to accomodate her. But she decided that it was too much to handle both tasks simultaneously. And production couldn’t be pushed back further. It’s certainly disappointing that we won’t get to see her in another could-be hit show, but certainly her health takes priority. We wish her a speedy recovery.

Parenthood is one of the shows I was most looking forward to this season. I expect great things from it when it finally debuts mid-season…but it certainly will be less enjoyable without Tierney. For a description of the show, look at NBC’s site. It’s basically the peacock’s version of Brothers & Sisters without the big name stars. And, based on previews, without the over-wrought soap opera elements. I enjoy B&S, but it focuses on a well-to-do family with secret affairs and children and…well, basic soap opera stuff. Parenthood seems more realistic, perhaps even a little more wholesome and down-to-earth. And hopefully it will blend drama with comedy as well as Brothers & Sisters does.

So, the question is, who would you cast to replace Tierney? Few actresses have shown their ability to effortlessly switch between comedy (NewsRadio) and drama (ER) as well as Tierney has. Who else could bring that variety to Parenthood as a sister and mother of two? Comment below!


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