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The first four post-Ritter episodes were shot without a live audience with James Garner and Suzanne Pleshette guest-starred as Cate's strict parents and David Spade guest-starred as Cate's wayward nephew, C. Garner and Spade later received starring roles as Ritter's replacement for the rest of the show's broadcast.
Before Ritter's death, the show ranked 42nd in the Nielsen ratings.
8 Simple Rules (originally known as 8 Simple Rules for Dating My Teenage Daughter) is an American sitcom, originally starring John Ritter and Katey Sagal.
It debuted on ABC on September 17, 2002, and concluded on April 15, 2005.
Subsequent episodes dealt with the family's reaction to his death and them moving on from it.After Ritter's death, it had slipped to 50th, but was renewed for a third season, in which ABC moved the show to Friday night at pm as part of its TGIF comedy line-up.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.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.Following Ritter's death, ABC announced that the show would continue after a hiatus, and would incorporate the death of Ritter's character.