Actress Lauren Graham is joining the cast of the upcoming NBC series Parenthood. There had been talk of Graham coming on board because of Maura Tierney being sick, but it hasn’t been confirmed until now.
Maura has been forced to drop out of the cast because she is undergoing treatment for breast cancer. In July, the former ER star revealed that she found a tumor in her breast that required surgery. At the time, she was not certain of her exact diagnosis or course of treatment, but in September, her spokesperson said in a statement that it conflicted with the series' filming schedule.
The network confirms that production on the new series will begin in November. On one hand we’re happy Lauren has gotten work again. We’ve missed her since Gilmore Girl ended in 2007! But what a horrible way to lose out on a job for Maura! We wish her the best of luck on her road to recovery.