Though producers attempted to replace him with a younger star, the show died only a season later.The same fate befell "News Radio" when Phil Hartman was shot dead by his wife, who then turned the gun on herself, in 1998. Television's even less forgiving now than it was then, which means that the revamped "8 Simple Rules" has a mountain climb ahead of it.For goodness sake, if you aren’t really a lady, at least pretend to be one around me.This is not a treat, but a promise: I will sneak into my son’s room like a ninja and check his phone nightly for inappropriate sexts or naughty pictures so you best not be sending ’em.Before long, I’ll have a couple of lovesick boys wandering around the house with that glazed look in their eyes getting on my damn nerves.If I have any say at all in the kind of ladies (note: I said “LADIES”) my boys bring home to date, they must follow mama’s very simple rules.I don’t care how much my son likes it when you let your thongy freak flag fly. Look, I don’t mind tattoos per se but you’re a teenage girl and right now that tat is making you look like someone who doesn’t give a $#@& about her parents.If you don’t give a $#@& about your own parents, then you most certainly won’t give a $#@& about me.
The episode, which wasn't available for critics to review last week, brought home the random, stupefying nature of death as the cast and characters addressed this new gap in their lives.
In short, Michael’s rules, well, rule and I’m working to incorporate them into my parenting agenda for the next decade or so.
All this dating stuff got me thinking just how frighteningly quick time passes.
You and I may only ever agree on one thing: My son is the greatest young man in the history of the entire universe. I can and will judge your trampy book by its cleavage showing/bare midriff blazing/stiletto heel stomping/false eyelash wearing cover…and so will everybody else. I don’t want to see what’s going on between your legs and I certainly don’t want to find out the hard way either.