Though producers attempted to replace him with a younger star, the show died only a season later.
The same fate befell "News Radio" when Phil Hartman was shot dead by his wife, who then turned the gun on herself, in 1998. Television's even less forgiving now than it was then, which means that the revamped "8 Simple Rules" has a mountain climb ahead of it.
CNBC will keep a nightly newscast with an anchor to be named later.
Show & DVD Details Repeat Directors: James Widdoes, Terry Hughes, Mark Cendrowski Regular Writers: Tracy Gamble, Bonnie Kallman, Martin Weiss, Philip Wen Cast: John Ritter (Paul Hennessy), Katey Sagal (Cate Hennessy), Kaley Cuoco (Bridget Hennessy), Amy Davidson (Kerry Hennessy), Martin Spanjers (Rory Hennessy) Recurring Characters: Billy Aaron Brown (Kyle), Larry Miller (Tommy), Cole Williams (Anthony), Brian Sites (Jason), Nikki Danielle Moore (Jenna Sharpe), Nicole Mansour (Rachel Sharpe), Amanda Mac Donald (Danielle) Notable Guest Stars: Lee Corso & Chris Fowler (Sportscasters), Terry Bradshaw (Steve "Canned Heat" Smith), Matt Funke (Travis Smith), Patrick Warburton (Nick Sharpe), Rachel Bilson (Jenny), Don Knotts (Himself/Mr.
She doesn't always agree with some of his more outlandish ideas in getting to better know their children, but she shares his lamentations at the generation gap between parent and child.
As the "straight man" to Paul, it's usually up to Cate to be a more firm voice of reason and the heart of their family.
Paul's three children also fall into a tradition of sitcom stereotypes.
Bridget (Kaley Cuoco) is the popular and fast-talking oldest daughter and Kerry (Amy Davidson) is the moody and environmentalist middle child.Conveyed through a series of glimpses, the episode's deft writing showed how death swoops in and weighs down the simplest of conversations. He would say anything, he didn't care how silly he was. Tonight at 8 on KOMO/4, the series takes the Hennessys back to their half-hour time slot, while the specter of Dad's death remains present.Their final moments with their dad were typical gaffes and random moments -- Cate (Katey Sagal) laughing at her husband's lost socks, Rory (Martin Spanjers) tripping over Paul's shoes left on the stair, Bridget (Kaley Cuoco) and Kerry (Amy Davidson) lamenting their meaningless insults as he left -- all imbued with terrible importance after his death. The laugh track is supposed to return, although to maintain the series' feeling, the formula's going to need some tinkering.James Garner's entry as Jim, Cate's dad, provided a rock-steady, somewhat grizzled counterpoint to the occasional outbursts of adolescent rage. Perhaps a solution will be to incorporate Garner's grumpy old man into the mix, but he's more grump than cornball.And all speech became dumb, pointless, yet kind, as characters struggled to say and do the right thing, in a situation for which there is no foolproof emotional etiquette. Ritter was clearly the hub of "8 Simple Rules' " humor, and if Sagal takes up some of his paternal quirks for the sake of wringing out a few laughs, viewers might not buy it.Maybe the cast and crew can harness that drive and determination into creating success out of sadness.