Maura Tierney Scores New TV Show After Cancer Battle

Maura Tierney

She will replace Joely Richardson in 'The Whole Truth' as 'the product of a New England background and a sheriff father'.

Maura Tierney is officially on board ABC's new legal drama "The Whole Truth" which previously had Joely Richardson on the lead. Tierney who is in remission after successfully battling breast cancer since late last year, will take the role of Kathryn Peale, a deputy bureau chief in the Manhattan District Attorney's office.

Richardson had taken the role and even shot the scenes previously but she backed out of the project to spend more time with her family. The 45-year-old buried her aunt Lynn Redgrave in May and her uncle Corin Redgrave in April. Last year she lost her sibling Natasha Richardson in a skiing accident. Joely Richardson has an 18-year-old daughter named Daisy.

Tierney herself was replaced by Lauren Graham on "Parenthood" when she found out about the cancer. Her "Whole Truth" negotiations went through several weeks before being finalized this week. She will star opposite Rob Morrow who tackles the role of criminal attorney Jimmy Brogan.

"Whole Truth", which could be premiered in Fall, is unique legal drama that chronicles the way a case is built from the perspective of both the defense and prosecution. Showing each side equally keeps the audience guessing, shifting allegiances and opinions on guilt or innocence until the very final scene.


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    Sep 30, 2010

    I just heard about your ca when I saw u on Ellen, i loved your new look. I too was diagnosed with breast cancer Feb, 2010, I first did chemo and then surgery. Best of luck to u and looking forward to your new show. Things somehow always have a way of working out

    Aug 20, 2010

    Thanks for being another strong, courageous woman helping others cope with breast cancer. You are a beautiful, talented actress. I look forward to your new show. I have it marked Sept 22, 2010--my parnter and I love you!

    Jun 16, 2010

    You have always been my favorite on my favorite show of all time...ER. I was sadden to learn that you were battling breast cancer, but somewhat heartend to know that someone as strong as you was going on the same journey that I was on...I was diagnosed on May 12 last year. I've been wondering how you were doing and glad to hear you are well. Can't wait to see you again in the fall.

    Jun 16, 2010

    I loved you on ER, and I am sure I will like you as well on your new show. I have been battling breast cancer since 2003. You go girl!

    Jun 16, 2010

    I am so glad to hear that you have successfully battled breast cancer and will be back on the TV screen this fall. I was diagnosed with lung cancer shortly before hearing about you; I, also, have been blessed with a miracle in that my tumor is now 'scar tissue' and my lung is 'free from disease.' God bless you and keep you strong and healthy!

    Jun 16, 2010

    Nice to see a very good actress land a role that just might turn out big. Glad you are back and doing well, I hope.

    Jun 13, 2010

    GO MAURA! I've been missing you so much on TV. It's your time and I'm so happy yu're back and reloaded!!!

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