Maura Tierney Cancer Treatment Forces Star Out of 'Parenthood'
Maura Tierney is under going cancer treatments which has forced her to withdraw from NBC's new drama "Parenthood." Tierney is receiving treatment for breast cancer.
Former NewsRadio and ER actress, who is suffering from breast cancer, had been lined up to play a central character in "Parenthood," alongside Peter Krause and Craig T. Nelson, before Tierney's doctors discovered a tumor in her breast. At first, NBC announced that production would be pushed back for eight weeks while Tierney recieved a medical evaluation, but unfortunately the doctor has then discovered that the cancer treatment will take longer than first thought. Her role has been recast.
"While we are saddened that Maura Tierney won't be able to continue in her current role in Parenthood, our main concern is for her quick and full recovery," an NBC spokesman said. "Our thoughts and best wishes are with her."
“Ms. Tierney and her doctors remain confident that the outcome of her treatments will be positive,” her spokeswoman told the Tinseltown trades yesterday. “She is deeply disappointed that she will not be able to rejoin such a highly respected, talented, fun and funny group of actors and wishes to thank (exec producer) Jason Katims and NBC for their patience and support.”
“Parenthood," a comedy-drama based on the 1989 Ron Howard movie starring Steve Martin, is scheduled to have its premiere on NBC in the fall.