Ritter's character in the series was not replaced following his death on September 11, 2003.
After entering a hiatus, the series continued without Ritter, incorporating the death of his character.
The first four post-Ritter episodes were shot without a live audience with James Garner and Suzanne Pleshette guest-starred as Cate's strict parents and David Spade guest-starred as Cate's wayward nephew, C. Garner and Spade later received starring roles as Ritter's replacement for the rest of the show's broadcast.
Cameron channels the love, loyalty, and, yes, obliviousness of your favorite family pet. Probably what makes this story so beloved and unique is that it is told from the perspective of a real dog — that is, not a dog who understands English or talks to other dogs or animals.Often, this results in hilarious misunderstandings — just as in real life.James Garner and David Spade joined the cast afterward.ABC canceled the series on May 17, 2005 after three seasons due to low ratings.