James Garner isn't leaving "8 Simple Rules for Dating My Teenage Daughter" any time soon. Touchstone TV, producer of the ABC sitcom, has closed a deal with the veteran actor to continue on the comedy as a regular, according to the Hollywood Reporter.
Garner started on the show in November following the death of the sitcom's star, John Ritter, who played a harried dad and newspaper columnist.
Garner, 75, plays the father of the columnist's widow, who helps his daughter and three teenage grandchildren as they confront the realities of becoming a single-parent family.
He'll return to the show on Jan. 5. Last week, he fell on the set and bruised his hip.