The writers could have fallen back on maudlin sap and fancy speeches, but commendably, they didn't.Instead, the Hennessys' sorrow was allowed to exist as hollow, unchartered space, exactly as it should be. So, somebody's going to have to take up the cornball slack around here." A fitting statement, because Paul's funeral is over.Though producers attempted to replace him with a younger star, the show died only a season later.
And all speech became dumb, pointless, yet kind, as characters struggled to say and do the right thing, in a situation for which there is no foolproof emotional etiquette. Ritter was clearly the hub of "8 Simple Rules' " humor, and if Sagal takes up some of his paternal quirks for the sake of wringing out a few laughs, viewers might not buy it.Maybe the cast and crew can harness that drive and determination into creating success out of sadness.I have the distinct feeling you don't care in either of these cases, but The WB's cut "Tarzan's" vines. Back on the subject of "8 Simple Rules" and its challenges, CBS is airing "The Andy Griffith Reunion: Back to Mayberry" tonight at 8 and, yes, it is as warm as Aunt Bee's pie.But when he is arrested, his family must come to the rescue.While teaching Meg to drive, Peter crashes into a satellite dish and knocks out the city's cable.