'Parenthood': Helen Hunt May Replace Maura Tierney - Featured

There have been some considerations that Helen Hunt should replace Maura Tierney on "Parenthood".


NBC, according to THR, has approached the feature film star to join the series and Hunt is said to be weighing on the offer.


Hunt is supposed to take over Tierney's Sarah, one of the four Braverman siblings that become the center of attention on the series. She is a financially-challenged single mother who returns home to her parents and siblings in Berkeley, Calif. The other siblings are played by Peter Krause, Erika Christensen and Dax Shepard.


Tierney has played Sarah in the pilot before she retracted from the show because she was diagnosed with breast cancer. Last week, NBC released a statement that the actress has quit the show for good. "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," the statement read.


"Parenthood" itself has been shelved to midseason 2010 and replaced by "Mercy" this Fall.


Should Hunt take the role, then this would mark her return to TV series after finishing her stint on NBC's "Mad About You". Since the show ended in 1999, Hunt has been succumbing to feature film projects with the latest being the director and lead star of "Then She Found Me".


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Sep 15, 2009 3:23PM EDT

Hopefully that means tierney will become a permanent member of the Rescue Me cast for their final two seasons.

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