After the novelty of newly added ensemble characters wore off, the series returned to its original format.The first three episodes of the show's second season had been completed when Ritter reportedly suffered an undiagnosed aortic dissection.is your basic Dom Com where Paul and Cate Hennessy (played by John Ritter and Katey Sagal) attempt to ride herd on the burgeoning love life of their teenage daughters, bookish Kerry (Amy Davidson) and promiscuous Bridget (Kaley Cuoco).
Ritter's character in the series was not replaced following his death on September 11, 2003.The series' creator and show-runner, Tracy Gamble, left the series for a time over creative differences prior to the third season, but he later returned as a consulting producer midway through the third season. Even before the third season finale's airing, rumors began circulating that 8 Simple Rules was facing cancellation due to Ritter's death and poor ratings.Gamble was replaced by Judd Pillot and John Peaslee, who had performed the same role in the final season of Spade's sitcom, Just Shoot Me! The Friday night "death slot" ratings took their toll on 8 Simple Rules.1: Use your hands on my daughter and you'll lose them after. 7: If your pants hang off your hips, I'll gladly secure them with my staple gun. ABC canceled the series on May 17, 2005 after three seasons due to low ratings.The show's premise and title were derived from the book 8 Simple Rules for Dating My Teenage Daughter: And other tips from a beleaguered father (not that any of them work) by W. The third season (after Ritter's death) took a creative turn, revolving more around cousin C. (David Spade) and grandfather Jim (James Garner), than the immediate Hennessy family, more specifically not revolving around the raising of the Hennessy girls.Original Episode # Prod # Air Date Titles _____ ______ ___________ ___________ ___________________________________________ Season 1 1. 1-28 20 May 03 Sort of an Officer and a Gentleman: Part 2 Season 2 29. Widowed mom Cate Hennessy raises three teens in this sitcom, which shifted focus in 2003 following the sudden death of its star, John Ritter, just before the start of its second season.Cate's father Jim (James Garner) joined the show and helped the family adjust to the loss.