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    NBC's Nora O'Brien dies on 'Parenthood' set



    Was vp drama programming at the network
    By Nellie Andreeva
    April 30, 2009, 01:11 PM ET
    Updated: April 30, 2009, 03:45 PM ET

    Nora O'Brien Tragedy struck NBC's pilot "Parenthood" on Wednesday night when NBC drama executive Nora O'Brien died unexpectedly on the Berkeley set of the pilot starring Peter Krause, Maura Tierney and Erika Christensen.

    According to sources, O'Brien, a six-year NBC Uni veteran, died of a brain aneurysm.

    "Our hearts go out to the family and friends of our beloved colleague Nora, who was respected and cherished by so many people in the entertainment community," NBC Uni said in a statement. "She'll truly be missed by all of us."

    In light of her passing, NBC canceled its pilot screenings scheduled for Thursday. Production on "Parenthood" has been shut down for two days.

    O'Brien was very well-liked in the creative community, where she had strong relationships.

    "Nora was a delight -- hard working and fair, easy to work with, honest and open, and adored by so many of us," said Cori Wellins, head of WMA’s TV literary department and a friend of O'Brien's.

    O'Brien joined NBC in January 2008 when she was named vp drama programming at Universal Media Studios, which merged with the network in December.

    At the studio, she worked on upcoming NBC drama series "The Philanthropist" among other projects.

    O'Brien joined NBC from sister cable network Sci Fi where she served as vp original programming for four years, developing episodic and longform programs, including the critically acclaimed miniseries "The Lost Room," and working as the programming executive on "Stargate" and "Stargate Atlantis."

    Before that, O'Brien worked for five years as vp television at Trilogy Entertainment Group, overseeing development and current programming.

    O'Brien graduated from Boston College with a bachelor of arts degree in economics and communications.

    She began her career as an associate producer for Reunion Prods. in Boston, where she wrote and produced documentary films.

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    That's so sad.

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    How tragic. Prayers for her family.

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    It doesn't say how old she was, but she looks young. That's so sad. RIP
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    wow! they were just doing an on location shooting for this show in my community the other day!

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    Her career just seemed to be moving into high gear too.

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    Nikki Finke’s Deadline Hollywood Daily R.I.P. Nora O’Brien

    R.I.P. Nora O'Brien
    The VP of Drama Programming for NBC Entertainment and Universal Media Studios died last night after fainting on the set of NBC's pilot Parenthood up in Berkeley and being rushed to the hospital. She was only 40 but recovered from a brain tumor a few years ago. Here's the NBC Universal statement: "Our hearts go out to the family and friends of our beloved colleague Nora, who was respected and cherished by so many people in the entertainment community. She'll truly be missed by all of us." O'Brien came to Universal Media Studios from the SCI FI Channel, where she was VP of Original Programming. She'd been in her current job since January 2008 and acted as both a development and a current executive for scripted series. Some of her projects include Kings and The Philanthropist (the upcoming NBC summer series).

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    Oh man 40!!!! How awful!!

    At first I thought this was about Norah O'Donnell, the NBC News Reporter. Who is also young.

    Regardless, its very sad.

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    I glanced at the title, and was scared that it said Conan O'Brien, at first.

    Still, what a sad way to go. R.I.P.

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    Oh,man-this is so sad...
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    That's so sad. I've said this before on here, but my grandmother died of a brain aneurysm.

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    How sad is that?

    A friend of mine lost her 36-year-old son to a brain aneurysm - healthy until he passed out. With some of this stuff, you just can't tell it's going to get you. It creeps up silently.

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    wow thats sad.
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    How very sad, especially for someone so young. My mother had a brain aneurysm 14 yrs ago. She survived with some disabilities, but most are not so lucky. The only good thing about aneurysms is that they usually kill instantly.

    Happy trails to you...until we meet again.
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    Way, Way too young. RIP
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