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James Garner and David Spade joined the cast afterward.
ABC canceled the series on May 17, 2005 after three seasons due to low ratings.
The first three episodes of the show's second season had been completed when Ritter reportedly suffered an undiagnosed aortic dissection.
Subsequent episodes dealt with the family's reaction to his death and them moving on from it.
The first two episodes of the series are concrete proof that Ritter's still got it, that intangible and inexplicable ability to elicit gut-busting laughter with a twitch of an eye.