Breaking News: Maura Tierney ill; delays start of series?

July 12, 2009 by  
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mauratierneyAccording to NBC and several sources, it appears this is the case. Maura Tierney is undergoing a “medical evaluation,” resulting in the suspension of production on her new NBC show, “Parenthood,” the network confirmed on Saturday. This usually isn’t a good thing when a statement like this is released.

The show was set to premiere this fall, has been suspended for eight weeks “due to a medical evaluation that valued cast member Maura Tierney is undergoing,” NBC said. This usually signals serious health issues that cropped up suddenly, based on previous experiences. Hopefully that isn’t the case.

Maura’s role as Sarah, one of four adult children roles on “Parenthood,” follows up her 10 year gig as nurse Abby Lockhart on NBC’s drama, “ER”, so this shouldn’t be totally alien to her.

NBC is having to shuffle their lineup due to this development, its been rumored.  Here’s a quote from a blog about the changes planned:

To fill the fall void, NBC has summoned to work the cast and crew of the medical drama Mercy, which wasn’t scheduled to debut until midseason. Mercy will now premiere in the fall, though it’s unclear if it will occupy Parenthood‘s Wednesdays-at-8 slot.

We wish Maura well in whatever obstacle comes her way.