Media reports stated that ABC, owned by Walt Disney Co, decided
to continue the show after Ritter's sudden death on 11 September.
Pleshette and Garner - who starred together in shows like Maverick
and The Rockford Files, will play parents of widow Cate
Hennessy, played by Katey Sagal, and grandparents to her teenage
The story goes that the grandparents are separated, but put aside
their differences to comfort the family after the unexpected death
of Paul Hennessy, Cate's husband, who had been played by Ritter.
Pleshette left NBC's Good Morning Miami, after starring
in the first season of the show last year. She played Emily Hartley,
the wife of comedian Bob Newhart's character, Bob Hartley, in The
Bob Newhart Show which ran from 1972 to 1978. She co-starred
with Garner in the 1957-62 Western Maverick, which launched
In the 1970s, Garner earned five Emmy nominations and one win for
his role as private investigator Jim Rockford in NBC's 'The Rockford