Being the only boy has its benefits as Rory is easily Paul's favorite, and he uses this fact to his advantage several times.
The series' storylines deal with the struggles of parenthood and the pressures of being a teen.
Veteran television actress Suzanne Pleshette will join "8 Simple Rules for Dating My Teenage Daughter" to help fill the void left by the death of the show's star, John Ritter, ABC said Friday. Veteran television actress Suzanne Pleshette will join "8 Simple Rules for Dating My Teenage Daughter" to help fill the void left by the death of the show's star, John Ritter, ABC said Friday. He may be gone, but viewers have not forgotten John Ritter.
Since "8 Simple Rules" begins with the children already in full-adolescent mode, the shift from childhood to adulthood is abrupt for viewers, as it is for Paul, who is finally taking a more committed turn at fatherhood.
Attempting to be a good father, Paul has heart-to-hearts with both his daughters, despite their constant criticism of his clothes and outdated slang.
Usually the protection is from guys like Kyle (Billy Aaron Brown) and Jason (Brian Sites), recurring male characters who date Bridget and Kerry, respectively.
Stuck as the second banana to his sisters, youngest son Rory (Martin Spanjers) sees the least amount of airtime and is relegated to silly little escapades like buying a surfboard (they live in Michigan) or secretly keeping a monkey/snake/rat as a pet.
Not only is there tons of witty dialogue, but the storylines and actors do a great job. I hope this one stays around for a while.—I love 8 Simple Rules.
John Ritter is always fun to watch, but he's got absolutely nothing to work with here. However, I won't be tuning in anytime soon.—This is one of the best new shows on television this fall!
Flody Suarez, executive producer of ABC's "8 Simple Rules for Dating My Teenage Daughter," has been fired from the sitcom due to conflicts over its management.
Suarez, who helped develop the series, left because of "different management opinions," said an ABC spokesperson, who decline to elaborate. Sources said Suarez ran into disagreement with fellow executive producer Tom Shadyac, who runs the series.
Furley), Nick Carter (Ben Hatcher), Robert Guillaume (Cody Grant), Jason Priestley (Carter Tibbits), Ed Marinaro (Byron), Tom Poston (Jake), Wendie Jo Sperber (Rachel), John Ratzenberger (Fred Doyle), Shelley Long (Mary Ellen Doyle), Thad Luckinbill (Donny Doyle), Cybill Shepherd (Maggie Egan Barnes) Running Time: 601 Minutes (28 episodes) / Rating: TV-PG 1.78:1 Anamorphic Widescreen / Dolby Digital 5.1 (English, French) Subtitles: English for Hearing Impaired; French, Spanish, Closed Captioned DVD Release Date: August 7, 2007 / Suggested Retail Price: .99 Season 1 Airdates: September 17, 2002 to May 20, 2003 Three single-sided, dual-layered discs (DVD-9); Clear Amaray Keepcase By Albert Gutierrez "8 Simple Rules for Dating My Teenage Daughter" premiered on ABC in the fall of 2002, and its first season earned respectable ratings (#42 in the Nielsens), largely due to viewers' curiosity over John Ritter's newest television role, his first starring one since the early '90s sitcom "Hearts Afire." "8 Simple Rules" was part of ABC's experimental "Happy Hour", in which each weeknight the - p.m.
slot would be devoted to family-friendly programming. shows such as "The Drew Carey Show", "My Wife & Kids", and "America's Funniest Home Videos" were joined by two newcomers: sitcom "8 Simple Rules" and the reality show "Extreme Makeover." The "Happy Hour" concept did not last long, as the following season saw gritty anti-terrorist drama "Threat Matrix" and newsmagazine "Primetime" claiming the first hour of certain nights.
She doesn't always agree with some of his more outlandish ideas in getting to better know their children, but she shares his lamentations at the generation gap between parent and child.