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No matter how many of these shows end, there are always new ones to take their place. They might not be as successful as their predecessors, but they still do the job of keeping millions of viewers entertained every week. The sitcom managed three seasons on ABC, during which time it generated a lot of media attention. Those who watched the show will remember that John Ritter, the actor who played Paul Hennessy, passed away during the filming of the second season.
I do not know if this is a constitutional law or an ancient curse. Usually, there is nothing inherently wrong with these sitcoms: they just occupy a strange space where everything is tinged with a saccharine, family-friendly wholesomeness that serves to delight exactly one half of the viewing public you and repulse and annoy the grumpier, more joyless side me. Yes it is.
The first season focused on Paul being left in charge of the children after Cate takes a full-time job as a nurse, with comedic emphasis on his often strict rules concerning his daughters and dating. Bruce Cameron. While 8 Simple Rules was renewed for a second season and production had begun, Ritter's sudden death in September left the series in an uncertain position.