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Parenthood: Star to Undergo Treatment, Show Delayed Until Midseason -- Will Mercy Suffer?

For the second time, the new Parenthood series has been delayed due to unfortunate circumstances. Does this mean good news or bad news for another NBC show?

Based on the 1989 feature film of the same name, the new Parenthood revolves around a multi-generational family and their day-to-day problems. The series stars Peter Krause, Maura Tierney, Erika Christensen, Dax Shepard, Bonnie Bedelia, Craig T. Nelson, James Tupper, Guillermo Diaz, Delroy Lindo, James LeGros, and Diego Klattenhoff.

The drama is actually the second series based on the movie. The first is a light-hearted 1990 dramady that ran for only one season on NBC.

Back in April, NBC executive Nora O'Brien died unexpectedly while visiting the set of the show in Berkeley, California. Production on the show's pilot was shut down for two days as a result.

Now, production has been delayed for eight weeks due to Tierney having a health issue. Production had
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Tierney Undergoing Surgery To Remove Tumour

Tierney Undergoing Surgery To Remove Tumour
Actress Maura Tierney is undergoing surgery to remove a tumour from her breast.

The former ER star, 44, was reported to have fallen ill on Friday, pushing production on her new NBC TV drama Parenthood back by eight weeks to September.

The exact cause of her illness was not disclosed at the time of the initial reports, sparking rumours about what could be causing the long delay with filming.

So Tierney has spoken out to reveal the true depth of her health scare in a bid to quell "confusion and undue alarm" about her ailment - assuring fans not to worry.

She says, "In an effort to guard my privacy, it seems that the wording of NBC's press release has unfortunately caused some confusion and undue alarm about my health.

"I have discovered a tumour in my breast which requires surgery. I will not know either my exact diagnosis or course of treatment until that surgery is performed. My doctors have all assured me this is a very treatable condition.

"I'm very optimistic as to the outcome and want to thank everyone who has sent positive thoughts and support. I look forward to going back to work soon."

It's the second delay to hit Parenthood's filming schedule - in April the pilot was put on hold for two days after NBC's vice president Nora O'Brien died unexpectedly on the set of the show in California.

NBC Series Parenthood Postponed Until Actress Maura Tierney Regains Health

"Parenthood" will have to wait until next year. NBC is delaying the series by eight weeks until star Maura Tierney recovers from her illness.

It wasn't specified what is ailing the 44-year-old actress. NBC said they are postponing the show's production due to Tierney's "medical evaluation."

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

The show was scheduled to premiere in September, but has now been tentatively pushed back until 2010. This is the second time the show was delayed. In April, the pilot was put on hold for two days following network executive Nora O'Brien's unexpected death on the set.
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Parenthood Filming Delayed Over Star Illness

Parenthood Filming Delayed Over Star Illness
New TV drama Parenthood has been delayed by eight weeks after one of its stars, Maura Tierney, fell ill.

The series, based on the 1989 movie, was due to start later this month, but TV bosses have been forced to move the launch to the end of September due to "medical evaluation" Tierney is undergoing.

Tierney is best known for playing Dr Abby Lockhart in hit medical series E.R. for ten years, for which she received an Emmy nomination.

It is the second time Parenthood's filming schedule has been pushed back - in April the pilot was put on hold for two days after NBC's vice president Nora O'Brien died unexpectedly on the set of the show in California.

Maura Tierney illness delays 'Parenthood'

Maura Tierney illness delays 'Parenthood'
NBC's new fall drama series "Parenthood" has been pushed to midseason because of an illness of one of the stars, Maura Tierney.

The series, a contemporary reimagining of the 1989 feature, had been scheduled to begin filming July 27. The production start of the Universal Media Studios/Imagine TV-produced show is now tentatively scheduled for late September.

"Start of production on NBC Universal's new series 'Parenthood' has been postponed for eight weeks due to medical evaluation that valued cast member Maura Tierney is undergoing," NBC said in a statement. "The top priority for NBC, Universal Media Studios and Imagine Television is the well-being of Ms. Tierney. We are unable to release further details and ask that you respect her privacy at this time."

"Parenthood" revolves around four siblings (Peter Krause, Tierney, Erika Christensen, Dax Shepard) and their parents (Bonnie Bedelia and Craig T. Nelson).

As a result of the delay,
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Veterans of Cancelled TV Shows That We Lost in April 2009

Several veterans of cancelled television shows left us in April. Some worked in front of the cameras while others worked behind the scenes. Either way, they contributed to the medium in significant ways.

Those that have passed away include Thomas Braden (Eight Is Enough, Crossfire), Dan Miller (The Pat Sajak Show, Miller & Company), Wendy Blair (Three's Company, The Ropers, Three's A Crowd, What A Country, and I Married Dora), Jim Hutchison (Hawaii Five-o, Magnum P.I., and Jake And The Fatman), Marilyn Cooper (Alice, Kate And Allie, Cheers, Law & Order, The Nanny, and Caroline In The City), Kim Weiskopf (One Day At A Time, The Jeffersons, Good Times, What's Happening Now!!, Full House, and Married With Children), Bea Arthur (Maude, The Golden Girls), and Nora O'Brien (Stargate Sg-1, Stargate Atlantis, Kings, The Philanthropist, Parenthood, and Bionic Woman).

Here are the details...

Thomas Braden passed away on April 3rd. He was
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TV Boss Dies On Parenthood Set

TV Boss Dies On Parenthood Set
Maura Tierney's new TV pilot Parenthood was hit by tragedy on Wednesday when a network boss died unexpectedly on the show's set.

Nora O'Brien, 42, is believed to have passed away after suffering a brain aneurysm.

O'Brien, the drama vice president for NBC, had complained of dizziness before collapsing in the comedy's Berkeley, California studio.

Production on the show, also starring Erika Christensen and Peter Krause and based on the 1989 film of the same name, was halted for two days.

A statement from NBC Universal reads: "Our hearts go out to the family and friends of our beloved colleague Nora, who was respected and cherished by so many people in the entertainment community. She'll truly be missed by all of us."

NBC exec dies on 'Parenthood' set

NBC's Nora O'Brien died unexpectedly earlier this week on the set of the network's pilot Parenthood. The 44-year-old, who has been an NBC executive for the past six years, died of a brain aneurysm. According to Contra Costa Times, O'Brien complained of dizziness prior to collapsing at about 9.20pm. She was pronounced dead shortly before 10pm at Marin General Hospital. "Our hearts go out (more)
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Obit: NBC VP of Drama Programming Nora O'Brien

By Wrap Staff

NBC vice president of drama programming Nora O'Brien collapsed and died Wednesday night on the set of the NBC pilot "Parenthood."

Her death was due to a brain aneurysm. She was 44.

O'Brien had been VP original programming for four years at the SciFi channel, where she worked on hits like "Stargate" and "Stargate Atlantis." In January 2008 she was tapped to run drama programming for Universal Media Studios, then moved over to NBC...
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NBC shuffles its infront

NBC shuffles its infront
NBC's final preparation for its Monday infront was halted Thursday with the sudden death of vp drama development Nora O'Brien.

The scheduled Thursday screenings of the pilots for "Mercy," "Off Duty" and "State of Romance" were postponed to Friday, when the network brass also is slated to see "Parenthood," on whose set O'Brien died, as well as "Day One," "100 Questions for Charlotte Payne" and "Trauma."

The only pilots seen by NBC's executives are "Community," "Legally Mad" and "Lost & Found," which screened Wednesday. Of those, the early front-runner "Community," starring Chevy Chase, is said to have received a very good reception, with David E. Kelley's "Mad" and the Dick Wolf-produced procedural "Found" getting mixed-to-cold reaction.

Both dramas have something going for them. Although the pilot for "Mad" is said to have problems, the project's hefty series commitment and the fact that it has one of TV's top showrunners, Kelley,
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NBC's Nora O'Brien dies on 'Parenthood' set

Tragedy struck NBC's pilot "Parenthood" on Wednesday night when NBC drama executive Nora O'Brien died unexpectedly on the set of the pilot starring Peter Krause, Maura Tierney and Erika Christensen.

According to sources, O'Brien died of a brain aneurysm.

O'Brien was well-liked in the creative community, where she had strong relationships.

She came to NBC in January 2008 when she was named vp drama programming for Universal Media Studios, which merged with the network in December.

At the studio, she also worked on upcoming NBC drama series "The Philanthropist."

O'Brien joined NBC from the Sci Fi Channel where she served as vp original programming four years, developing episodic and long-form programs, including the critically acclaimed miniseries "The Lost Room," and working as the programming executive on "Stargate" and "Stargate Atlantis."

Before the Sci Fi Channel, O'Brien worked for five years as vp television at Trilogy Entertainment Group, overseeing development and current programming.
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UMS beams up Sci Fi's O'Brien

Nora O'Brien has been named vp drama programming at Universal Media Studios. She joins NBC Universal's TV studio from sibling Sci Fi Channel.

At UMS, O'Brien will serve as a development and current executive on drama series projects, including Tom Fontana's The Philanthropist, which has a 13-episode order from NBC, and the network's freshman series Bionic Woman. She will report to UMS' senior vp drama Elisa Roth.

"(Nora) knows how to think out of the box, has terrific relationships in the creative community and is a hard worker who has already become a valuable asset to our studio," Roth said.

O'Brien most recently served as vp original programming at Sci Fi. During her four years there, she developed series and longform projects including the miniseries The Lost Room and was the current executive on Stargate and Stargate Atlantis.

Before that, O'Brien worked for five years as vp television for Trilogy Entertainment Group.

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