Based on last week's efforts, however, I'm curious to tune in for a few more episodes.This season has proven that there's little rhyme or reason to why a show makes it or doesn't.The show starred John Ritter, Katey Sagal, Kaley Cuoco, Amy Davidson, Martin Spanjers, James Garner, and David Spade. This hit comedy series is based on a very odd family who fight a lot but at the end of the episode they are all drawn together. B: Asking my oldest daughter if that guy I saw her talking to yesterday at school was her boyfriend?
In that kind of environment, an experiment like this will be worth monitoring.
Last week "8 Simple Rules" showed what it can do at its best.
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 episode, which wasn't available for critics to review last week, brought home the random, stupefying nature of death as the cast and characters addressed this new gap in their lives.
James Garner's entry as Jim, Cate's dad, provided a rock-steady, somewhat grizzled counterpoint to the occasional outbursts of adolescent rage. Perhaps a solution will be to incorporate Garner's grumpy old man into the mix, but he's more grump than cornball.
And all speech became dumb, pointless, yet kind, as characters struggled to say and do the right thing, in a situation for which there is no foolproof emotional etiquette. Ritter was clearly the hub of "8 Simple Rules' " humor, and if Sagal takes up some of his paternal quirks for the sake of wringing out a few laughs, viewers might not buy it.The filming of the spycam at the dance doesn't make sense. Add time Knever When Kyle and Kerry go to the arcade, they look around to see which game they want to play. Yet, when he looks over at her, her head is right in the middle of the shot, when in reality it would have been much higher up, and likely out of frame.In the midst of last week's storm surrounding CBS and "The Reagans," you may have missed something sweet and lovely that happened over on ABC.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.Kyle suggests the dancing game, which, although the name is not displayed, is Dance Dance Revolution.