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.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.
The resultant Re Tool brought in Cate's cantankerous father Jim (James Garner) and slacker nephew C. The rating also took a plunge shortly after episodes dealing with Paul's death and it was cancelled within two years. I've got a very important announcement for the whole family.
The series aired on ABC from September 2002 to April 2005, a total of 76 episodes in 3 seasons.
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.
He is soon overwhelmed by the responsibility of being the father of teenage daughters and misses being a sports writer.
Paul begins writing a column from home about his struggles with his children and offers advice to people who are in his same position.
Bruce Cameron's book 8 Simple Rules for Dating My Teenage Daughter.
The rules are: The third season took a creative turn, revolving more around cousin C. and Jim, the grandfather, than the immediate Hennessy family, more specifically not revolving around the raising of the Hennessy girls.
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.
After the novelty of newly added ensemble characters wore off, the series returned to its original format.
James Garner and David Spade joined the cast afterward.