Maura Tierney opts out of “Parenthood”

parenthood_tierney1ER and Rescue Me alum Maura Tierney has left the cast of NBC’s upcoming series Parenthood to focus on her treatment for breast cancer. Production of the series, originally scheduled for a fall debut, had been put on hold to accommodate Tierney’s diagnosis.

In a statement, Tierney’s spokeswoman said, “Maura Tierney regrets that she will not be able to continue her role on Parenthood due to a conflict with the production schedule of the show and her breast cancer treatments. Ms. Tierney and her doctors remain confident that the outcome of her treatments will be positive. 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 [executive producer] Jason Katims and NBC for their patience and support.”

NBC released its own statement voicing support for the actress: “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.”

Tierney’s role as struggling single mom Sarah Braverman will be recast and the series — which is based on Ron Howard’s 1998 feature film and also stars Craig T. Nelson, Peter Krause, Bonnie Bedelia and Dax Shepard — will now launch after the network’s Winter Olympic coverage.

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