The producers of cop series NYPD Blue are struggling to tie up a current storylines because a leading actress has extended her maternity leave and is keen to leave the show.

New mum Charlotte Ross' character CONNIE is married to the show's lead, ANDY, played DENNIS FRANZ - and expecting his child in the show.

But Ross, who has left the show to have a child for real with manager-husband MICHAEL GOLDMAN, isn't rushing to come back - if she comes back at all.

Goldman tells America's TV GUIDE, "She's burned out."

NYPD Blue producers insist they were planning on writing Ross out of the show anyway, because "married people in the NYPD cannot work in the same precinct".

21/04/2004 21:10