Graham is in talks with the network to fill the role played by Maura Tierney in the pilot, EW.com reports. Tierney, who was diagnosed with breast cancer earlier this year, left the series last month to focus on her treatment.
The show then approached Oscar and Emmy winner Helen Hunt about filling Tierney’s shoes, but those negotiations have apparently broken off.
As she did on “Gilmore Girls,” Graham would be playing the single mother of a teenage girl on “Parenthood,” a loose remake of the 1989 movie with the same title. Unlike her last series, though, she wouldn’t be in nearly every scene: The show is an ensemble piece about four adult siblings and their extended family whose cast also includes Peter Krause, Erika Christensen, Dax Shepard and Monica Potter.
Tierney revealed her cancer diagnosis in July, and shortly thereafter NBC moved the show from a planned fall premiere to midseason in the hopes that she could complete her treatment and return to the show. When she was unable to return to work last month, she bowed out.
If the “Parenthood” deal works out, it would be Graham’s first TV work since “Gilmore Girls” ended in 2007. She starred in an ABC comedy pilot last spring, but it wasn’t picked up.
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