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Posted by: RichKoster on Sep. 12, 2003 8:32 am/pm
Actor John Ritter, star of ABC's "8 Simple Rules," dead at age 54 while on set taping TV show
John Ritter, whose portrayal of the bumbling but lovable Jack Tripper helped make the madcap comedy series "Three's Company" a smash hit in the 1970s, has died, his publicist and longtime assistant said Friday. He was 54.
Ritter fell ill Thursday on the set of his ABC sitcom "8 Simple Rules ... For Dating My Teenage Daughter," said Susan Wilcox, his assistant of 22 years. The cause of death was a dissection of the aorta, the result of an unrecognized flaw in his heart, said his publicist, Lisa Kasteler.
Ritter died at Providence St. Joseph Medical Center shortly after 10 p.m. Thursday.
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Posted by: RichKoster on Sep. 12, 2003 8:44 am/pm
< Click here to go to the ABC "8 Simple Rules for Dating My Teenage Daughter" web page >
Posted by: LilMarcieMouse on Sep. 12, 2003 11:18 am/pm
I'm just in shock over John Ritter. Johnny Cash didn't surpirse me I geuss I excpected it.. I will miis them both.
Posted by: CarolKoster on Sep. 12, 2003 4:56 am/pm
Reading around on other sites' links to animation-specific sites, anyway, PBS Kids suffers a double loss this week. The starring voice actor for the PBS Kids' series "Caillou" died in a car accident earlier this week. John Ritter was the starring voice of "Clifford The Big Red Dog" also on PBS Kids, based on a series of children's books by Scholastic Publishing.
Ritter was starring in a movie to be released this November, something about Santa, I forget the title.
Posted by: RichKoster on Sep. 12, 2003 5:32 am/pm
Disney shares fall after Ritter's death
Walt Disney's stock fell 2 percent Friday after it was reported that actor John Ritter, star of ABC's breakout comedy, "8 Simple Rules for Dating My Teenage Daughter," died of a heart attack at age 54. The tragedy occurred on the set of his television show in Los Angeles.
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Posted by: RichKoster on Sep. 12, 2003 5:38 am/pm
Carol found an explanation of the condition which caused John Ritter's death, on WebMD's site:
Actor John Ritter's death was caused by an aortic dissection, which is usually fatal if the blood vessel bursts.
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Posted by: Liv2CdWorld on Sep. 12, 2003 11:46 am/pm
This is so very sad
Posted by: RichKoster on Sep. 13, 2003 11:47 am/pm
After hearing about John Ritter's death, first I couldn't believe it. After praying for his family and friends, I also hoped that the cast of his "8 Simple Rules" would be okay.
Well, The New York Times is reporting that Ritter's death is forcing ABC to reconsider the fate of his show. You can read the article about it here.
Posted by: RichKoster on Sep. 16, 2003 12:27 am/pm
Yoo Hoo, Disney EchoEars!
I wanted to make sure you saw this information posted by Nancy / Tigger58 here:
We thought that you would be interested in knowing about an ABC News Special that will air Tuesday, September 16, 2003:
ABC News will air "A Life of Laughter: Remembering John Ritter" – a special hour looking back at the life and accomplished career of Emmy award-winning actor John Ritter.
Diane Sawyer will anchor the special, which features exclusive interviews and moving tributes from Ritter’s "Three’s Company" and "8 Simple Rules for Dating My Teenage Daughter" co-stars, as well as from friends and colleagues, including Suzanne Somers, Joyce DeWitt, Katey Sagal, Henry Winkler, Jason Alexander, Marilu Henner and Billy Bob Thornton.
"A Life of Laughter: Remembering John Ritter" airs Tuesday, September 16, 2003
(8:00-9:00 p.m., ET), on the ABC Television Network.
Posted by: RichKoster on Sep. 16, 2003 10:12 am/pm
Michelle Smith, aka the Fabulous Disney Babe, has written an article on < JimHillMedia.com > about John Ritter's involvement with The Walt Disney Company over the years, from his connection to Big Al in the Country Bears attraction, to his first Disney movie ("The Barefoot Executive"), to present day.
Read < Remembering John Ritter (1948 - 2003) >.
Posted by: Tigger58 on Sep. 16, 2003 6:45 am/pm
ABC Will Continue John Ritter Sitcom
published 05:06 PM - SEPTEMBER 16, 2003 Eastern Time
ABC Television said Tuesday it will continue the sitcom that showcased the late John Ritter, showing his television family coping with the death of Ritter's character on "8 Simple Rules for Dating My Teenage Daughter."
ABC executives said the show will premier next Tuesday as planned and that the network will air the three episodes Ritter filmed before his death.
After that, the show will go into repeats while writers retool the sitcom and production starts. No date was given for when the show will return to the air.
Ritter died last Thursday of an undetected heart problem. He was 54.
"We are going to stick with it," Susan Lyne, president of ABC Entertainment, said in a conference call with reporters.
Each of the first three episodes already shot will start with a special introduction, featuring the cast members. The next new show will deal with the death of Ritter's character, Paul Hennessy.
"Future episodes will take viewers into the Hennessy household as they experience the loss of a father and construct a new life together," said Lloyd Braun, chairman of the ABC Entertainment Television Group. "We will play out the situation as real life."
Executives said they considered a number of options, including canceling the show, but decided to continue the series.
Actors from left Amy Davidson, Katey Cuoco and John Ritter appear in a scene from the ABC network's pilot of 8 Simple Rules ...for Dating My Teenage Daughter' in this undated promotional file photo. Beyond the personal tragedy, John Ritters death Thursday, Sept. 11, 2003, left ABC executives with an unprecedented nightmare: the loss of one of their biggest stars a week before a new TV season is to begin. (AP Photo/ABC, Carin Baer/ File)
Posted by: Tigger58 on Sep. 16, 2003 6:50 am/pm
ABC's "8 Simple Rules for Dating My Teenage Daughter" will continue despite star John Ritter's death and will show the TV family coping with his character's loss, the network said Tuesday.
"Everybody recognizes that John loved that show. ... He'd have wanted the show to continue," Lloyd Braun, chairman of ABC Entertainment Television Group, told a telephone news conference.
Braun and ABC Entertainment President Susan Lyne said the sitcom will debut next Tuesday as planned and that the network will air the three episodes Ritter filmed before his death last week.
After that, the series co-starring Katey Sagal will go into repeats while writers retool it and production starts. No date was given for when the show will return to the air.
Ritter, making a TV series comeback 25 years after he starred in "Three's Company," became ill on the "8 Simple Rules" set and died Thursday of an undetected heart problem. He was 54.
It hasn't been decided if the death of Ritter's character, Paul Hennessy, will mirror what happened to the actor, ABC executives said.
Ritter's series, which premiered last year with solid ratings, was considered a key part of ABC's comeback effort and anchored its Tuesday night lineup of family comedies.
ABC knows it's facing a difficult task, rebuilding a comedy on a death and especially that of the series' star, network executives acknowledged.
"We're going to take it an episode at a time," Lyne said. While the idea of recasting Ritter's role was quickly rejected, new characters will be added at some point, the ABC executives said.
Although Braun lauded Sagal as a "fantastic actress" capable of taking on a greater role in the series, he said it would become more of an ensemble production.
Ritter's widow, actress Amy Yasbeck, and the series' cast and producers supported the decision to keep going, Braun said. An ABC News tribute to Ritter was to air Tuesday night.
A similar episode in television history came when comic Redd Foxx died in 1991, after making seven episodes of his comeback series on CBS, "The Royal Family." The show returned without him six months after his death, but lasted only a few episodes.
Comedian Freddie Prinze, star of "Chico and the Man," committed suicide in 1977 in the third year of the popular NBC sitcom. The network cast a new, younger Chico but the show was gone in a year.
The rarity of such occurrences makes it difficult to predict how "8 Simple Rules" will fare, Braun said. "I think it will be a show we'll be proud to put on," he said.
Each of the first three episodes already shot will start with a special introduction, featuring the cast members. The next new show will deal with Paul Hennessy's death.
"Future episodes will take viewers into the Hennessy household as they experience the loss of a father and construct a new life together," said Braun. "We will play out the situation as real life."
Executives said they considered a number of options, including canceling the show.
"This is a business," analyst Steve Sternberg of the ad-buying firm Magna Global USA said of the network' ;s decision. But it's a risky one, he said.
"Initially, the show could benefit from the publicity," Sternberg said. "But they will have to do it well. If they don't, it could flop quickly and ABC will look bad doing it."
AP Business Writer Gary Gentile contributed to this report.
Posted by: RichKoster on Oct. 17, 2003 11:52 am/pm
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