REPLACING FALLEN STARS
Brian Bellmont, apropos the sudden death of actor John Ritter, has an interesting piece on the uncomfortable business question that arises in situations like these: What to do with a television program that loses a major character. The article reminds us that this situation is much more common than one would think, although most of the other examples were supporting characters on an ensemble show.
Ritter’s latest show was on opposite CBS’ JAG, which I’ve been watching since its debut, with reruns during baseball season, so I only caught a couple of episodes and don’t have a good feel for the show. But it was clearly his show and, indeed, the titular premise is a dad dealing with the maturation of a pretty young daughter. I don’t see how he can be replaced.