8 Simple Rules for Dating My Teenage Daughter (television) Half-hour television series on ABC, premiering on September 17, 2002, and ending August 19, 2005. Family comedy about a loving, rational dad who suddenly discovers that his two darling daughters have unexpectedly become hormonally charged, incomprehensible teenagers. Stars John Ritter (Paul Hennessy), Katey Sagal (Cate Hennessy), Kaley Cuoco (Bridget), Amy Davidson (Kerry), Martin Spanjers (Rory). From Touchstone Television. Based on the book by W. Bruce Cameron. After John Ritter’s unexpected death during production of the fourth episode of the 2003-04 season, James Garner joined the cast as Cate’s father, Jim (Suzanne Pleshette played her mother, Laura, briefly) and the series title was shortened to 8 Simple Rules with the seventh episode. David Spade also joined the cast as C.J., Cate’s wayward nephew.