If you haven’t seen the season opener for “The 4400” (The New World) then you may not want to read what follows.
Actress Laura Allen, who played the pivotal role of Lily Moore Tyler in the series made a business decision at the last minute before shooting began on the new season to not come back. This left writers scrambling for a way to script her off without actually using the actress in new scenes on camera. The answer to their quandry? In steps the venerable actress renowned for her role in the Alfred Hitchcock classic “The Birds,” Tippi Hedren.
We were treated to a real class act in Hedren’s performance of the rapidly aging Lily, as her new (grown up) daughter began oozing the life right out of her in order to make that instant age transformation. The tender moments between her and Richard (Mahershalalhashbaz Ali) as she was dying were good television by anyone’s barometer.
According to series executive producer Ira Steven Behr, Allen will not be back, so the chances of seeing some kind of miraculous return from the dead are unlikely. He indicated that Allen left the program, not for creative differences between her and the show, but strictly for business purposes on her part.
Behr went on to say, “at the beginning of the season, when we meet with the network to start talking about the new season, we pitched the series that had Laura Allen in it, and events kind of took hold on their own, and I was basically told that she wasn’t going to be back. And we [came] back to [rewrite] the opening two hours, and we had to, you know, change course.”