The series' name and premise 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. While 8 Simple Rules was renewed for a second season and production had begun, Ritter's sudden death in September 2003 left the series in an uncertain position.After a hiatus, the series returned and continued without Ritter, with the producers deciding to kill off Paul and not replace him.(Good luck.) Or maybe you once were a teenage daughter.Or maybe you have an antique table that's crooked and need something about an inch thick to put under one of the legs.The series ran on ABC from September 17, 2002 to April 15, 2005.The first season focused on Paul being left in charge of the kids after Cate takes a full-time job as a nurse, with comedic emphasis on his often strict rules concerning his daughters and dating.This is fine with me as long as it is okay with my daughter.Otherwise, once you have gone out with my little girl, you will continue to date no one but her until she is finished with you. As you stand in my front hallway, waiting for my daughter to appear, and more than an hour goes by, do not sigh and fidget.
Though John’s tragic death ultimately spelled the end of the series, the show still plays in 30 markets world-wide and is often on cable networks in the USA.James Garner and David Spade later joined the main cast as Cate's father and nephew, Jim Egan and C. Barnes, in an attempt to fill the void left by Ritter.After three seasons, ABC cancelled 8 Simple Rules in May 2005 due to low ratings.If you want to be on time for the movie, you should not be dating.My daughter is putting on her makeup, a process that can take longer than painting the Golden Gate Bridge.