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.More than 20 million tuned in for the Hennessys' laugh-free return last week, making it a rare success in a lackluster November. The tears and mourning blurred the line between the characters' feelings and the cast's true emotions, creating an hour that felt tragically, realistically heartrending.The filming of the spycam at the dance doesn't make sense. When Kyle and Kerry go to the arcade, they look around to see which game they want to play.
Also, although this is trivial, the difficult setting on which they play is Beginner, which is laughably easy and doesn't require any of the theatrical dance moves that Kyle and Kerry perform.On Tuesday night, the cast, producers and writers of "8 Simple Rules for Dating My Teenage Daughter" took their tragic loss of a co-star and friend and, in a nod to moving on, created honest, wonderful television. Considering the way television can bungle these things, the sitcom's return without John Ritter, whose sudden death of an aortic dissection in September shocked so many, could have been a lot worse.After Ritter's death, the cast and the network mourned, quite publicly, to strong ratings that, overnight, turned the network's modest hit into a legitimate contender bleeding viewers from its comedy competition on NBC. So I went to my great grandmother and asked her why SHE cut the ends off the pot roast, and she said, "because the pan was too small". I mean, you know, he's older and he goes to the naval academy instead of his school, and then Danielle's going to this party this weekend, she's all, "You better be there," and I'm all, "Uh, yeah," but Donny's all, "Oh, no, I don't want to share you," which is actually very sweet when you think about it, but it's just the sort of thing that Danielle's gonna use against me, and then (points at Cate) you have to go and exacerbate the whole thing by teaching sex ed at my school! And my wife reassures me this is a good thing over and over and over, and she's always right. Well my house would be quieter, and I'd spend a lot less time in the bathroom, but no. Bridget: I know you never see this side of me, but it's true. So I went to my grandmother and asked why SHE cut the ends off the pot roast, and she said, "because that's what my mother did". Bridget: So, people already perceive my dating Donny Doyle as a slap in the face! Back then we didn't share our deep personal feelings, our deepest conversations usually revolved around the Tigers bull pen. There's not a feeling that my kids are afraid to express over and over and over.
Cate: I asked my mother why she cut the ends off her pot roast, and she said, "because that's what my mother did". My bottle, a can of 50 weight oil and..." Oh, it does suck!