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Pleshette Joins Cast of 8 Simple Rules

ABC has added Suzanne Pleshette to 8 Simple Rules for Dating My Teenage Daughter
in the role of Cate Hennessy’s mother and the estranged wife of her father, who will be played by James Garner.

Pleshette will appear in the first episode of the show to be produced without star John Ritter, who died unexpectedly Sept. 11. The special one-hour episode will air Tuesday, Nov. 4 at 8 p.m.

Pleshette was last seen on TV as Jake’s grandmother on NBC’s Good Morning, Miami

Contributing editor Paige Albiniak has been covering the business of television for nearly 25 years. She is a longtime contributor to Next TV, Broadcasting + Cable and Multichannel News. She concurrently serves as editorial director for entertainment marketing association Promax. She has written for such publications as TVNewsCheck, The New York Post, Variety, CBS Watch and more. Albiniak was B+C’s Los Angeles bureau chief from September 2002 to 2004, and an associate editor covering Congress and lobbying for the magazine in Washington, D.C., from January 1997-September 2002.