8 simple rules dating my teenage daughter cast crew

In the midst of last week's storm surrounding CBS and "The Reagans," you may have missed something sweet and lovely that happened over on ABC.

On Tuesday night, the cast, producers and writers of "8 Simple Rules for Dating My Teenage Daughter" took their tragic loss of a co-star and friend and, in a nod to moving on, created honest, wonderful television. Considering the way television can bungle these things, the sitcom's return without John Ritter, whose sudden death of an aortic dissection in September shocked so many, could have been a lot worse.

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Some wondered if the Ritter-less series would exploit the beloved 54-year-old's death for the sake of ratings, drumming us over the head with ersatz sorrow.

Others perhaps couldn't see the point of going on, citing past failures like "Chico and the Man." In that sitcom, principal star Freddie Prinze committed suicide in 1977, the show's third season.

1-27 13 May 03 Sort of an Officer and a Gentleman: Part 1 28.

2-9 23 Dec 03 The Story of Anne Frank and Skeevy 38.

Ritter's character in the series was not replaced following his death on September 11, 2003.

After entering a hiatus, the series continued without Ritter, incorporating the death of his character.

2-15 24 Feb 04 Opposites Attract: Night of the Locust 44.

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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.

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