NBC Delays ‘Parenthood’ Due to Star’s Illness

by | July 10, 2009 at 5:44 PM | ER, TV News

NBC’s buzzed-about new series ‘Parenthood‘ has been pushed back to midseason because of a medical issue concerning star Maura Tierney.

Tierney, 44, has an undisclosed illness that forced the network to postpone production eight weeks due to a “medical evaluation that Tierney is undergoing.”

“The top priority for NBC, Universal Media Studios and Imagine Television is the well-being of Ms. Tierney,” the network said in a statement. “We are unable to release further details and ask that you respect her privacy at this time.”

The new medical drama ‘Mercy,’ starring ‘Men in Trees‘ hunk James Tupper, will premiere this fall instead, likely on Wednesdays at 8 p.m.

‘Parenthood,’ based on the 1989 Steve Martin film, features a big-name line-up: Tierney (best known as ‘ER’s‘ Abby Lockhart), Peter Krause (‘Six Feet Under‘), Erika Christensen (‘Traffic’) and Dax Shepherd (‘Baby Mama’) play the siblings; ‘Coach‘ Craig T. Nelson and Bonnie Bedelia (‘Die Hard‘) are the parents; while Monica Potter (‘Boston Legal‘) and Mae Whitman (‘Arrested Development‘) also costar.

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