Breast-Cancer Survivor Maura Tierney Returns to TV with New Fall Legal Drama

Last fall, Maura Tierney's breast cancer forced her to leave television -- but one year later, she's ready to come back. Entertainment Weekly reports that Tierney, 45, will be starring in the ABC legal drama The Whole Truth, debuting this fall. During the previous fall season, Tierney dropped out of NBC's Parenthood to undergo cancer treatment (her cancer is now in remission) and was replaced by Lauren Graham. In a strange twist of fate, Tierney will now be the one replacing another actress: Joely Richardson appeared in The Whole Truth's pilot, but left the show in June to spend more time with her family.

In a cool new spin on the standard Law and Order format, every episode of The Whole Truth will follow a legal case from the perspective of both the defense and prosecution. Tierney will play the head honcho at the D.A.'s office, while Numb3rs' Rob Morrow will play the rival criminal attorney. The actress, who won an Emmy for her work on ER, has never been afraid to sink her teeth into a dramatic role -- and we love that she's coming back from the most difficult ordeal of her life to play one of strongest, smartest characters of her career. Other great ladies of television who successfully battled breast cancer include Cynthia Nixon, Edie Falco and the late Rue McClanahan.

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