NBC’s new fall drama series “Parenthood” has been pushed to midseason because of an illness of one of the stars, Maura Tierney.

The series, a contemporary reimagining of the 1989 feature, had been scheduled to begin filming July 27. The production start of the Universal Media Studios/Imagine TV-produced show is now tentatively scheduled for late September.[…]

As a result of the delay, NBC is making a change on its fall schedule.

“Parenthood” had been slated to premiere Sept. 23 and run in the Wednesday 8 p.m. hour.

With “Parenthood” pushed, new drama “Mercy,” which was to take over the Wednesday 8 p.m. slot in midseason, will launch in the fall. The cast and crew of the medical drama have been summoned to start work on the series early to have it ready for a September debut. It is not clear yet if “Mercy” will air Wednesdays at 8 p.m. as NBC is re-evaluating its fall scheduling plans.

via THR.com.

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