Back in August 2007, ABC/Disney released the first season
of 8 Simple Rules for Dating My Teenage Daughter
, the sitcom starring the late John Ritter (Three's Company
), along with Katey Sagal (Married...with Children
) and Kaley Cuoco (The Big Bang Theory
). While Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment never moved forward with the remaining two seasons of the series, a deal was announced
this past August which brought the home video rights over to Lionsgate Entertainment.
This morning word has reached us from some VERY reliable retail sources, saying that the studio has put "8 Simple Rules - Season 2
" (the way the title was listed by Lionsgate) on the calendar for release on April 21st
. The listing, we're told, was made visible yesterday morning at both Lionsgate's password-protected retailer site for the USA market, and also at the Canadian distributor for Lionsgate, Maple Pictures. However, our source also has reason to believe that the date may not be finalized yet, and could still move. Cost is expected to be around $29.98 SRP in both the USA and Canada.
The second season of the show began with three episodes starring John Ritter, before his tragic death on September 11, 2003 due to heart-related issues (which began manifesting on the show's set earlier that day). After much deliberation about whether or not to end the series, the network, crew and remaining cast decided to move forward with further episodes beginning with the double-length story "Goodbye," which focused on the unexpected passing of Ritter's character, Paul Hennessy (in a move meant to mirror the unexpectedness of Ritter's passing). The show went on, with new cast members and guest stars showing up.
Among those people you'll see John Ratzenberger, Cindy Williams, Wendie Jo Sperber, James Garner, Suzanne Pleshette, Patrick Warburton, Lisa Rinna, Ethan Phillips, David Spade, Jonathan Taylor Thomas, Tatum O'Neal, Connie Stevens, Peter Bogdanovich and Adam Arkin. There were 23 episodes broadcast during the second season, including the double-length episode mentioned above (for a total of 24 half-hours). Stay tuned and we'll update you as further developments occur about this DVD release!