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PREMIERE PAUL HAS HIS HANDS FULL WHEN CATE RETURNS TO WORK, BRIDGET'S NEW FLAME TURNS OUT TO BE A HEARTBREAKER, AND HONOR STUDENT KERRY IS SUSPENDED FROM SCHOOL, ON THE PREMIERE OF "8 SIMPLE RULES FOR DATING MY TEENAGE DAUGHTER,"
TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 17 ON ABC
Webposted September 15, 2002
By: Kay Kellam
Paul had grown accustomed to Cate taking care of their son and two daughters. His job as a sports writer kept him on the road a lot during the kids' formative years. But when Cate decides to return to work as a hospital nurse, Paul takes a job as a columnist and undertakes the responsibility of helping out with the kids.
Although not new to fatherhood, Paul is just a bit rusty on day-to-day interaction and discovers that he's grown a little out of touch with his kids - especially his daughters. His value has been reduced to a wallet and a ride to the mall. Sixteen-year-old Bridget (Kaley Cuoco, "Growing Up Brady," "Ladies Man") has matured into a beautiful and popular teenager, with a different boyfriend each week and a taste for fashion that tends to be a little too revealing for her father's taste. By contrast, 15-year-old Kerry (Amy Davidson, ABC Family series "So Little Time") is intelligent and cute, but her lack of self-confidence has led her to hide behind a mask of sarcasm.
Thank goodness for 13-year-old son Rory (Martin Spanjers, "Daddio"), fondly referred to as "The Boy" by Paul and Cate, who remains on the sane track...at least for the time being. No matter what they do, Paul has one major rule that will never change - "If you make my daughters cry, I'll make you cry."
In the premiere episode, "Pilot," Cate goes back to work and Paul has to contend with Bridget dating his co-worker Tommy's (Larry Miller) son, Kyle -- whose roving eyes threaten to break his daughter's heart. Meanwhile, Paul and Cate are shocked when honor student Kerry is suspended for ditching school.
"8 Simple Rules for Dating My Teenage Daughter" stars John Ritter as Paul Hennessy, Katey Sagal as Cate Hennessy, Kaley Cuoco as Bridget Hennessy, Amy Davidson as Kerry Hennessy and Martin Spanjers as Rory Hennessy. The series is based on W. Bruce Cameron's bestselling book, "8 Simple Rules for Dating My Teenage Daughter." Tracy Gamble ("Home Improvement," "The Golden Girls"), who created the series, also serves as executive producer, along with Tom Shadyac ("Liar Liar," "The Nutty Professor," "Patch Adams"), Flody Suarez ("The Tick") and Michael Bostick ("Liar Liar"). "8 Simple Rules for Dating My Teenage Daughter," which is filmed before an audience, is from Touchstone Television.
What I say:
This is a cast with a reputation -- and a track record for making us laugh, so the only question that remains is the material, and if they will be able to play it off as natural and made for them in which case this could well be a winner for the season!
Kellam, 2001 for PopArtsPlace.com
Prior to having her first novel, A Life to Di For, published author Kay Kellam enjoyed a variety of jobs that helped to shape her outlook on the world, and her profession. more...
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