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Spade to Order

An odd casting choice that paid off -- David Spade has brought new life to the mediocre sitcom ''8 Simple Rules...,'' says Ken Tucker

David Spade | WHO KNEW? Somehow, Spade works on ''8 Simple Rules...''
Image credit: David Spade: Bob D'Amico
WHO KNEW? Somehow, Spade works on ''8 Simple Rules...''

An odd casting choice that paid off

What's the oddest casting in TV right now that works? -- Martin

When I first heard David Spade was joining the cast of ''8 Simple Rules,'' I gotta admit, I thought, ''Yeah, sure -- that makes sense.'' Why would snarky Spade, fresh from walking through the final season of ''Just Shoot Me,'' be up for enlivening another bland sitcom? But darned if the actor (playing James Garner's wiseacre, layabout grandson C.J.) isn't really funny! And for a show that's had a tough time being amusing since the untimely death of John Ritter, Spade's presence is novel casting that pays off with real laughs.

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Originally posted Jun 11, 2004 Published in issue #769 Jun 11, 2004 Order article reprints
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