Cate's father Jim (James Garner) joined the show and helped the family adjust to the loss.
In the immediate aftermath of John Ritter’s death, it was hard to take issue with ABC’s decisions, since execs were thrust into an untenable situation.
It debuted on ABC on September 17, 2002, and concluded on April 15, 2005.
Ritter's character in the series was not replaced following his death on September 11, 2003.
And now, one suspects, the show will pretty quickly fade.