Cancer Forces Maura Tierney Off New Show

Cancer Forces Maura Tierney Off New Show
Maura Tierney
Dan Steinberg/AP

updated 09/11/2009 at 08:00 AM EDT

originally published 09/11/2009 08:30AM

Having revealed in July she was undergoing surgery for removal of a breast tumor, Maura Tierney has now withdrawn from her upcoming series Parenthood, say trade reports.

The star's spokeswoman told the Hollywood Reporter that the former ER actress, 44, is "deeply disappointed" not to be participating in the NBC show, and that "Ms. Tierney and her doctors remain confident that the outcome of her treatments will be positive."


On the show, which is based on the 1989 movie that starred Steve Martin and Mary Steenburgen, Tierney was to have played a sister-in-law role, which Dianne Wiest performed in the movie. The TV version will star Peter Krause, Erika Christensen, Dax Shepard, Bonnie Bedelia and Craig T. Nelson.

Tierney's operation had already pushed back the series' original fall debut date, and Parenthood will now be offered mid-season.

In a network's statement, NBC said, "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. Our thoughts and best wishes are with her."

Through her spokesperson, Tierney thanked the executive producer and NBC "for their patience and support."

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