Ritter was also nominated posthumously in 2004, losing to Kelsey Grammar for Frasier.
8 Simple Rules (originally 8 Simple Rules for Dating My Teenage Daughter for the first season) is an American sitcom, originally starring John Ritter and Katey Sagal as middle-class parents Paul and Cate Hennessy raising a family of three.
The next few episodes deal with his loss and how the Hennessy family moves on. Bridget was supposed to be in charge of the Ditch Day prank, in which she was to steal a rival school’s goat mascot.
Cate’s father, Jim Egan (James Garner), moves in to help and Cate’s very immature nephew, C. (David Spade), moves in for additional comedy relief. There was initially a great deal of curiosity about how the death of Ritter would impact the show. She asks Rory to do it instead and Kerry, tired of being a “goodie two-shoes,” wants to be part of it. Cate comes home soonafter and she’s not happy about the four-legged houseguest either.
After a hiatus, the series returned and continued without Ritter, with the producers deciding to kill off Paul and not replace him.
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.
Who could've guessed that the lovably dim-witted Bridget would go on to be one of the biggest TV stars of our generation? He wants to take a more active role in the lives of his children so, when his wife Cate (Katey Sagal) returns to work full-time, he decides to stay home to take care of the kids.The trouble is that they’re now a trio of independent teenagers — popular Bridget (Kelly Cuoco), brainy Kerry (Amy Davidson), and smart-aleck Rory (Martin Spanjers).The Charmed actress captioned her photo, 'A little #8simplerules reunion party today with a tiny addition �� @kateylous @martinspanjers @amy_davidson #lennoxsawyerlockwood (someone is smiling down on us)!'That 'someone' referred to John Ritter, who played the patriarch of the programme's central Hennessy family.