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'Parenthood' exclusive: Helen Hunt out! Lauren Graham in!

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graham-hunt_lUPDATE Friday, Oct. 9: It’s official! A source inside Graham’s camp confirms that her deal to join Parenthood has just closed! Woo-hoo!

This just in: Helen Hunt is apparently no longer in the running to replace Maura Tierney in Parenthood. According to an insider, talks between the actress and NBC fell apart and the role of single mom Sarah has now been offered to (wait for it) Lauren Graham! I’m told the Gilmore Girls MVP recently met with Parenthood boss Jason Katims (dream team alert!) to discuss the plum part.

Can you imagine?! I can and it’s awesome!

PHOTO CREDIT: Graham: Amanda Schwab/Startraksphoto.com; Hunt: Jen Lowery/Startraksphoto.com