In the immediate aftermath of John Ritter’s death, it was hard to take issue with ABC’s decisions, since execs were thrust into an untenable situation.Since then, however, there has been a vague ghoulishness surrounding the show, including big viewer tune-in for the remaining Ritter episodes and ABC News’ synergistic efforts such as Diane Sawyer’s interview with the actor’s widow, Amy Yasbeck.Soon, Cate’s “bitterly divorced” parents, played by Garner and Suzanne Pleshette, arrive to provide moral support.As they bicker about artificial sweeteners and attending church, it’s amazing how much you found yourself missing the laughtrack, conspicuously absent from the episode.Flody Suarez, executive producer of ABC's "8 Simple Rules for Dating My Teenage Daughter," has been fired from the sitcom due to conflicts over its management.
For the most part, Sagal pulled off the most demanding aspects of the episode, even saddled with dialogue like ‘We don’t deserve this” as she questions God about the unfairness of life. Production: Filmed in Los Angeles by Shady Acres Entertainment and Flody Co in association with Touchstone Television.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. 2-9 23 Dec 03 The Story of Anne Frank and Skeevy 38. 2-15 24 Feb 04 Opposites Attract: Night of the Locust 44.