The series' name and premise 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. While 8 Simple Rules was renewed for a second season and production had begun, Ritter's sudden death in September 2003 left the series in an uncertain position.
After a hiatus, the series returned and continued without Ritter, with the producers deciding to kill off Paul and not replace him.
Ten years ago today, John Ritter passed away at the tragic age of 54 — and on September 11, no less. But most of our other memories of the actor fill us with great joy, and we’re not alone in that sentiment.
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.
Katey Sagal hosted the final episodes featuring John and as a further tribute to his memory, the very first episode without him, "Goodbye - Parts 1 & 2" were filmed without laugh tracks or a studio audience.
He had completed filming of the first three episodes of the second season before his untimely death at 55 years of age.
Even as a kid, I always found it so funny that Kerry was considered the "plain but smart" daughter when, in reality, Amy Davidson is clearly a stunning individual.
Since 8 Simple Rules wrapped, she's appeared in small roles on popular TV shows like c CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, House M. She and Kaley Cuoco still appear to be good friends, even going on vacation together back in July!James Garner and David Spade later joined the main cast as Cate's father and nephew, Jim Egan and C. Barnes, in an attempt to fill the void left by Ritter.After three seasons, ABC cancelled 8 Simple Rules in May 2005 due to low ratings. (2004-) John Ritter collapsed on the set of 8 Simple Rules For Dating My Teenage Daughter and later died at the hospital.However, In order to assure that your clothes do not, in fact, come off during the course of your date with my daughter, I will take my electric staple gun and fasten your trousers securely in place around your waist. I'm sure you've been told that in today's world, sex without utilizing a "barrier method" of some kind can kill you.8 Simple Rules for Dating My Teenage Daughter may have only been on for three seasons, but it was funny and touching enough to stay in our hearts many years later.