Maura Tierney to Replace Joely Richardson on 'The Whole Truth'?

Call it casting synchronicity.

After Joely Richardson dropped out as the lead on ABC's forthcoming legal drama 'The Whole Truth' earlier this month, the Ausiello Files is reporting that the network is in talks with Maura Tierney to replace her.

Tierney found herself in a similar situation last year when she dropped out as a lead on NBC's 'Parenthood' to undergo treatment for cancer. Lauren Graham was brought in to replace her, and the series has since gone on to moderate success for the Peacock.

'The Whole Truth' promises a different take on legal dramas by building each case with equal emphasis on prosecution and defense. Viewers won't know the truth until the final moments of each episode. If cast, Tierney would star as the Deputy Bureau Chief in New York's DA office, squaring off against Rob Morrow ('Numb3rs') as a rising criminal attorney.

Richardson dropped out of the project to spend more time with her family, according to the report.

The series will go up against two other freshmen legal dramas on Wednesday nights at 10 PM ET, starting in September. CBS offers the lighter 'Defenders,' while NBC is trotting out the latest installment in their biggest franchise: 'Law & Order: Los Angeles.'

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