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1-28 20 May 03 Sort of an Officer and a Gentleman: Part 2 Season 2 29.
After Ritter's death, the cast and the network mourned, quite publicly, to strong ratings that, overnight, turned the network's modest hit into a legitimate contender bleeding viewers from its comedy competition on NBC.
How the show incorporated his real-life death: “Coach” was written off the show – and while the circumstances of his off-screen death are never explained, his name is frequently mentioned in subsequent episodes.
In a touching tribute, a framed photo of Geronimo, which used to hang in Colasanto’s dressing room, was hung behind the bar. Cast member and year of death: Phil Hartman, 1998 The funny and affable Hartman, who played the hilariously ingratiating news anchor Bill Mc Neal, was killed by his wife as he lay sleeping — she took her own life a few hours later.
Below, we list 9 tragedy-touched shows — and explain how they dealt with the loss… editor Perry White, in 1958 — an actor was hired to play White’s brother.
But when Reeves died of a self-inflicted gunshot to the head (many still believe was staged), producers came up with the idea of putting the focus on Super-pal (and cub reporter) Jimmy Olsen, played by Jack Larson.
Some wondered if the Ritter-less series would exploit the beloved 54-year-old's death for the sake of ratings, drumming us over the head with ersatz sorrow.
Others perhaps couldn't see the point of going on, citing past failures like "Chico and the Man." In that sitcom, principal star Freddie Prinze committed suicide in 1977, the show's third season.
8 Simple Rules (originally known as 8 Simple Rules for Dating My Teenage Daughter) is an American sitcom, originally starring John Ritter and Katey Sagal.
It debuted on ABC on September 17, 2002, and concluded on April 15, 2005.
producers now have to face the difficult decision of postponing production of the show as they figure out a way to move forward in the aftermath of such a loss.