Now, the initially more downbeat series will compete on Tuesdays with Whoopi Goldberg’s popular new ”Whoopi” sitcom on NBC.
It does not happen often, however, to light-hearted sitcom families, and incorporating the Ritter character’s passing is uncomfortable terrain.
After some playful banter among the kids reminding us what the series had been about, Cate (Katey Sagal) receives a phone call, learning that her husband Paul has collapsed at the grocery store.
Parents need to know that despite a bit of iffy language ("damn," "ass") and some fairly light sexual innuendo, this sitcom offers a positive representation of family, teens, and parental guidance.
The first season focuses on a father who becomes more involved with his teenagers' lives after his wife goes back to work; in later episodes, coping with the sudden death of a parent and living/coping with extended family become central themes of the show. makes references to "booty calls." Occasional references to homosexuality.
The shows storylines were about a family patriarch named Paul Hennessy trying to stop his daughters from growing up too fast mainly in dating.
Retitled 8 Simple Rules after John Ritter's death.Like John Ritter’s real family, his TV clan will figure out a way, somehow, to get along in his absence.Five days after an undetected heart ailment led to the actor’s unexpected death at 54, ABC announced Tuesday that it will continue production of ”8 Simple Rules for Dating My Teenage Daughter” by writing the death of Ritter’s lead character, Paul Hennessey, into the sitcom. Each of the three episodes Ritter completed before his death will be introduced by a cast member.In a media culture hurtling by at an increasingly frantic pace, a percentage of the audience can be counted upon to seek out any such novelty. Their curiosity satisfied, much of America will move on, letting the made-up Hennessy family and those who loved the actual man grieve privately, offscreen. After Ritter's death, the cast and the network mourned, quite publicly, to strong ratings that, overnight, turned the network's modest hit into a legitimate contender bleeding viewers from its comedy competition on NBC.