TV bosses at US network ABC have cancelled sitcom 8 SIMPLE RULES two years
after the shock death of the show's star John Ritter.
Funnyman Ritter, 55, was on the set of the family comedy in September 2003
when he died after suffering an aortic dissection, caused by high blood
He was replaced by James Garner on the show, but the sitcom has suffered
in the ratings over the past year, and will not return for a fourth season.
Other shows chopped from ABC's line-up include Damon Wayans' comedy MY
WIFE + KIDS, LESS THAN PERFECT, controversial reality show EXTREME MAKEOVER and
acclaimed new drama BLIND JUSTICE, in which Ron Eldard plays a sightless cop.