For dating my teenage daughter

The show, created by veteran comedy writer Tracy Gamble, derives its name and some of its elements from W.

Paul begins writing a column from home about his struggles with his children and offers advice to people who are in his same position.

Paul's teenage daughters are dating, which sparks the use of the "8 Simple Rules for Dating My Teenage Daughter".

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

James Garner and David Spade joined the cast afterward.

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.

The series' creator and show-runner, Tracy Gamble, left the series for a time over creative differences prior to the third season, but he later returned as a consulting producer midway through the third season. Even before the third season finale's airing, rumors began circulating that 8 Simple Rules was facing cancellation due to Ritter's death and poor ratings.

Gamble was replaced by Judd Pillot and John Peaslee, who had performed the same role in the final season of Spade's sitcom, Just Shoot Me! The Friday night "death slot" ratings took their toll on 8 Simple Rules.

The rules are: The third season took a creative turn, revolving more around cousin C. and Jim, the grandfather, than the immediate Hennessy family, more specifically not revolving around the raising of the Hennessy girls.

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