But I also don’t think reality shows like ”Are You Hot?
” and ”Married by America,” along with the 384 other leer-‘n’-smirk ”unscripted” series coming up, are going to drive Harvard grads out of the sitcom factory and into the fast-food industry, either.
After Ritter had experienced discomfort during his rehearsal of the show that afternoon, crew members took him to a nearby Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center, where he suddenly died that night following a misdiagnosis of a heart attack.
Following Ritter's death, ABC announced that the show would continue after a hiatus, and would incorporate the death of Ritter's character.
Though John’s tragic death ultimately spelled the end of the series, the show still plays in 30 markets world-wide and is often on cable networks in the USA.
8 Simple Rules (originally known as 8 Simple Rules for Dating My Teenage Daughter) is an American sitcom, originally starring John Ritter and Katey Sagal.
A New York Times bestseller, the book has proven popular for parents, teenagers, and former teenagers everywhere.
It was the inspiration for the ABC show 8 Simple Rules, starring the late John Ritter.
Before Ritter's death, the show ranked 42nd in the Nielsen ratings.
After Ritter's death, it had slipped to 50th, but was renewed for a third season, in which ABC moved the show to Friday night at pm as part of its TGIF comedy line-up.