Helen Hunt Out for Parenthood; Lauren Graham In?

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When a breast-cancer diagnosis forced Maura Tierney to depart from NBC's Parenthood, the network first approached Emmy- and Oscar-winner Helen Hunt about taking on the role. However, according to Michael "Raisin Bran" Ausiello, "talks between the actress and NBC fell apart" (which is code for NBC's unwillingness to pay Hunt what she was asking). Now, NBC is said to be determining whether or not Lauren Graham (of Gilmore Girls fame) will be a more affordable option. We approve! [Ausiello Files/EW]