The show’s production was shut down to give the cast and crew time to grieve and also to give the network and producers time to decide if and how they should proceed. Cate is waiting for Ed to call her when Rory comes into her office, depressed.
After the novelty of newly added ensemble characters wore off, the series returned to its original format.17 September 2002In the Pilot episode, Cate decides to return back to work while Paul tends with the family. He wants to take a more active role in the lives of his children so, when his wife Cate (Katey Sagal) returns to work full-time, he decides to stay home to take care of the kids.The trouble is that they’re now a trio of independent teenagers — popular Bridget (Kelly Cuoco), brainy Kerry (Amy Davidson), and smart-aleck Rory (Martin Spanjers).After three seasons, ABC cancelled 8 Simple Rules in May 2005 due to low ratings.
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.The Charmed actress captioned her photo, 'A little #8simplerules reunion party today with a tiny addition �� @kateylous @martinspanjers @amy_davidson #lennoxsawyerlockwood (someone is smiling down on us)!'That 'someone' referred to John Ritter, who played the patriarch of the programme's central Hennessy family.On Thursday, she uploaded an Instagram photo of herself reuniting with the original cast of the ABC programme 8 Simple Rules For Dating My Teenage Daughter - except, of course, for the late John Ritter.Her black-and-white snapshot showed the 30-year-old leaning into frame and grinning broadly alongside Katey Sagal, who played her mother, as well as Martin Spanjers and Amy Davdison, who played her younger siblings.Tragically, John passed away during the show's filming, but his influence clearly lived on in later seasons.