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Helen Hunt may take on Maura Tierney's Parenthood role

by Allison Waldman, posted Sep 15th 2009 9:33AM
Helen_Hunt_wireimageWhen Maura Tierney had to leave Parenthood because she needs to undergo treatment for breast cancer, there was speculation about who might replace her since the NBC project would be resuming. Well, the name that's come to the fore as Maura's replacement is a good one. Oscar and Emmy-winner Helen Hunt is in discussions for Parenthood, and usually if they're talking and it's in the trades, it's close to being a done deal.

If I were advising her and she cared about what I think, I'd tell Helen to take it. While Helen's TV experience was in a sitcom, Mad About You, she's better in dramedy. That's what As Good As It Gets was, and it got her an Oscar!

Parenthood, as NBC plans to present it in this incarnation, will be part comedy, part drama. It's right it her wheelhouse. Also, she'll be working with top-notch actors, including Peter Krause, Bonnie Bedelia and Craig T. Nelson, as well as excellent producers in Ron Howard and Brian Grazer.

Even with my lack of faith in NBC these days, if Hunt were to join Parenthood, I would give the show a chance. I was a fan of Mad About You and I like her. She'd have me tuning in for her return to TV.

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I've loved Helen since the Swiss Family Robinson days, she has been on tv forever. But, I won't watch because I gave up on nbc a few years ago. On another network I may have given this a shot, as I also like Peter Krause.

September 16 2009 at 6:03 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Well, I was really hoping for someone like Allison Janney. Or Laura Linney, if they could convince her to do TV. And move to California.

I don't think I can really explain why, but Helen Hunt no longer engages me. And I used to watch her on Mad About You, etc., and I liked her. But... Meh.

Meanwhile, I really hope Tierney, who I was looking forward to in the role, kicks her cancer's ass.

September 15 2009 at 4:33 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I think it's a great idea. I definitely WILL watch if she takes over.

September 15 2009 at 2:58 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

DANG IT i wanted Mare Winningham

September 15 2009 at 1:50 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

terrible idea. I definitely won't watch if she takes over.

September 15 2009 at 1:42 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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