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Maura Tierney Returning to TV Sooner Than We Thought

Maura tierney Maura Tierney is reportedly this close to being named the female lead in ABC’s new legal drama pilot The Whole Truth. According to EW.com’s Michael Ausiello, Tierney replaces Joely Richardson, who vacated the role to spend more time with her family.

This time last year, Tierney made headlines because of her health and its effect on her role in the new NBC series Parenthood. The show was originally pushed to mid-season while Tierney underwent a medical evaluation (she was still attached to star at the time); the former ER star then dropped out a few weeks later when she was diagnosed with breast cancer. Eventually, the role of single mom Sarah in Parenthood went to Gilmore Girls vet Lauren Graham -- whose ability to faster talk faster and more humorously than almost anyone on the planet pushes both her character and the comedy to a higher level of entertainment.

Now, after only six months of treatment, Tierney is supposed to get back to work? Sure, she completed a six-week run of the play North Atlantic earlier this year. And her publicist told EW at the time, “She has finished treatment and is doing very well, and is happy to move forward with the next phase of her life.”

But a starring role in a television series is a huge undertaking -- emotionally, physically, and time-wise. Shouldn’t the actress take some more time to rest and make sure she is 110 percent recovered? Know that I am not asking this question out of spite, but out of love. I have been a fan of Maura Tierney’s work since her Emmy-nominated time on ER, and only want what is best for her health and her career long-term.

What do you think? Should Tierney take the job? Should she continue to rest? Or is acting actually the best medicine?

-- Elizabeth Espinoza

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