He is soon overwhelmed by the responsibility of being the father of teenage daughters and misses being a sports writer.
Three years ago this Halloween, my then ten-year-old daughter went trick-or-treating dressed as Thor, the Marvel Comics superhero and god of thunder.
Paul is a sportswriter just like Everybody Loves Raymond's title character.
Kerry is a milder version of Roseanne's acerbic Darlene (Davidson even shares actress Sara Gilbert's trademark curly coif). And Sagal's Cate is simply the latest in a long line of accommodating TV wives who shake their heads at their husbands' antics when the script says they should.
While 8 Simple Rules is "based on" the best-selling book by W.
Bruce Cameron, it blatantly swipes elements from nearly every other sitcom on TV.
With no storyline of his own, Rory pops up every other scene with a cute punch line about his dad's inept parenting or his sisters' latest predicaments, just as Roseanne's D. What makes the show slightly twisted, however, is the knowledge that only a few years ago, Ritter would have been playing one of Bridget's or Kerry's sex-obsessed suitors, rather than protective father.