So, big, green and warty, I returned to the struggling little fishing village of Santa Monica for another boyfriend inspection.

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The show's premise and title were derived from the book 8 Simple Rules for Dating My Teenage Daughter: And Other Tips from a Beleaguered Father (Not That Any of Them Work) by W. 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.

After the novelty of newly added ensemble characters wore off, the series returned to its original format.

The first four post-Ritter episodes were shot without a live audience with James Garner and Suzanne Pleshette guest-starring as Cate's strict parents and David Spade guest-starring as Cate's wayward nephew, C. 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 at pm as part of its TGIF comedy line-up.

Often, you have to swoosh them out with a broom, while they hiss at you the entire time. Must be fluent in the classics: "The Big Lebowski," "Chinatown," "Moonstruck," "Caddyshack" and Donald Sutherland's masterwork, "Kelly's Heroes."Rule 8.

Still, as my lovely older daughter points out, "New York guys can be tamed and eventually make excellent pets."Look, she likes this fellow — that's the most important thing. Plus, he has a very cool mustache, which conveys both wisdom and an enlightened sense of personal style. So before I left, I asked Justin to sign a short legal document that I am in the process of getting notarized. Must enjoy mocking stuff: skinny jeans, bespoke suits, Microsoft, political dynasties, Prius drivers, hipsters, aging hippies, political extremists, Portland, the NRA, Robin Thicke, the New Yorker, LA Weekly and (especially) that guy who used to play Doogie Howser and now somehow hosts all the major awards shows. Must see some truth to the provocative observation: "In the world of sports, Muhammad Ali changed everything."Rule 10.

The show returned two months after Ritter's death, with a one-hour episode, "Goodbye", which was turned into a tribute to Ritter's character.

Subsequent episodes dealt with the family's reaction to his death and how they moved on from it. Garner and Spade later received starring roles as Ritter's replacement for the rest of the show's broadcast.

Ritter's character in the series was not replaced following his death on September 11, 2003.

After entering a hiatus, the series continued without Ritter, incorporating the death of his character.

The third-season finale was not aired for May sweeps.