Tierney back on 'Parenthood'

Maura Tierney is coming back to TV after departing NBC's "Parenthood" last summer to battle breast cancer, The Associated Press reports. The FX network said Wednesday she will resume her guest role as the love interest of Denis Leary's firefighter character on the action drama "Rescue Me." She is filming four episodes scheduled to air in 2011. That will be the series' seventh and final season. Tierney said in August after filming the pilot episode of "Parenthood" that she was leaving to continue treatment for breast cancer. Lauren Graham then joined the series, which had its premiere in February. The 45-year-old Tierney is best known as a longtime cast member of the NBC drama "ER."

'Phantom' sequel delayed

Broadway will have to wait a bit longer to find out what happens to Andrew Lloyd Webber's Phantom, AP reports. The producers of "Love Never Dies" announced that the sequel to "The Phantom of the Opera" will now open in New York in spring 2011 instead of this November. As a reason, they cited the composer's "postoperative problems" following his successful surgery for prostate cancer last year. According to the statement, Lloyd Webber's doctors have advised him not to travel long distances by air "until the problem has been investigated." No further details were provided.

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