ABC to continue “8 Simple Rules”

Looks like ABC plans to continue with John Ritter’s sitcom 8 Simple Rules despite the death of its lead cast member. The show writers are going to write out Ritter’s character by having him die and then go on to show how the family deals with the loss.

“We are going to stick with it,” Susan Lyne, president of ABC Entertainment, said in a conference call with reporters.

Each of the first three episodes already shot will start with a special introduction, featuring the cast members. The next new show will deal with the death of Ritter’s character, Paul Hennessy.

“Future episodes will take viewers into the Hennessy household as they experience the loss of a father and construct a new life together,” said Lloyd Braun, chairman of the ABC Entertainment Television Group. “We will play out the situation as real life.”

I’ve never watched the show, but this could make for a very compelling bit of television if handled properly. It’ll be interesting to see how well this works with fans of the show.

6 thoughts on “ABC to continue “8 Simple Rules”

  1. We started watching it this summer after one or two tries last year, and it grew on us. Ritter was very likeable, and I could easily see myself becoming his character.

    Kudos to ABC for giving it a go, as the cast is decent.

  2. I don’t think the show has a prayer without Ritter, but I think the upcoming two or three episodes dealing with his character’s death and the family’s efforts to cope will most likely go over OK.  However, after those 2-3 episodes, I think the show will die.  But what do I know?  I’ve only watched partial episodes a few times.

  3. How sad.

    I never really liked Three’s Company, but have had a soft spot for John Ritter, ever since he did a TV special on “The Singing Cowboys” and spoke with such affection and pride about his father, Tex Ritter.

    I was always happy to see him in something (such as his great role as “Ted” on Buffy).

    Well, it will be very interesting to see what they make of the show…

  4. The show last year was pretty entertaining.  I have a teenage daughter, so the situations were relevant.  Sad turn of events for John Ritter. All of the characters revolved around him.  It will be a tough challenge to keep the show going without him.

  5. So sad to loose John, ABC is talented and I wish them the best of luck. Maybe if they do it right, we can learn to appreciate our own families. For we do not know what tomorrow brings and loosing a loved one is tough. God Bless the cast and producers.

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