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Suarez, who helped develop the series, left because of "different management opinions," said an ABC spokesperson, who decline to elaborate. Sources said Suarez ran into disagreement with fellow executive producer Tom Shadyac, who runs the series.
Veteran television actress Suzanne Pleshette will join "8 Simple Rules for Dating My Teenage Daughter" to help fill the void left by the death of the show's star, John Ritter, ABC said Friday. Veteran television actress Suzanne Pleshette will join "8 Simple Rules for Dating My Teenage Daughter" to help fill the void left by the death of the show's star, John Ritter, ABC said Friday. He may be gone, but viewers have not forgotten John Ritter.
There was nothing surprising about this genial series in happier days, and there was nothing surprising about what one of the ratings hotlines labeled “the death episode.” The hour delivered lots of group hugs, tears and platitudes about the unfairness of such a loss, best delivered by an avuncular James Garner.
The consistent refrain from the network and cast has been “This happens to families,” which is of course true.
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Tuesday night's show drew 17.45 million viewers and captured 20% of the 18-to-49-year-old audience that is the primary target of most advertisers.
Director James Widdoes and the four credited writers clearly sought to be sensitive, and there was something irresistibly emotional about the fictitious family’s pain given its real-life underpinnings.
Still, most of the stabs at comedy felt forced, including cameos by John Ratzenberger and Patrick Warburton, expressing their condolences. Each scene was connected by melancholy guitar chords, working overtime to create a properly somber tone.
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