Our hiring process has been continually refined over the 7 years we’ve been in business to reflect the needs of our team, the lessons we learned along the way, and the changes in the candidates we see.
In this post I’ll go through our hiring process, note places where we’ve seen changes, and hopefully answer some common questions.
The consistent refrain from the network and cast has been “This happens to families,” which is of course true.
It does not happen often, however, to light-hearted sitcom families, and incorporating the Ritter character’s passing is uncomfortable terrain.
Though producers attempted to replace him with a younger star, the show died only a season later.
The same fate befell "News Radio" when Phil Hartman was shot dead by his wife, who then turned the gun on herself, in 1998. Television's even less forgiving now than it was then, which means that the revamped "8 Simple Rules" has a mountain climb ahead of it.
Now that we’re a bit larger and have a well qualified team we involve the rest of the team in the decision making process to ensure that the people we’re hiring have been agreed to by the team.
Since then, however, there has been a vague ghoulishness surrounding the show, including big viewer tune-in for the remaining Ritter episodes and ABC News’ synergistic efforts such as Diane Sawyer’s interview with the actor’s widow, Amy Yasbeck.
Predictably, if morbidly, Tuesday’s one-hour return episode drew a vast audience, bolstering ABC’s sweeps bottom line.
The trio took frame-worthy snapshots, and even received a special gift each.
@martinspanjers @amy_davidson #johnritter #grandpagarner we miss you every day! A photo posted by @normancook on Jul 19, 2015 at pm PDT costars Amy Davidson and Martin Spanjers this week.