'8 Rules' sitcom star to become teacher's pet

No show entered the current television season under a greater shadow than the sitcom "8 Simple Rules" (7 p.m., ABC). After the death of star John Ritter last September, many thought the sitcom would simply shut down production. But the cast, crew and network decided to persevere, and a steady audience continues to follow the "Rules."

Tonight, "Rules" wraps up its second season with an hourlong episode. After two successive problems with the girls, widowed Cate (Katey Sagal) reluctantly agrees to have coffee with the school principal (Adam Arkin) to iron things out. The girls convince themselves that this get-together is really a date.

  • Legendary news producer Don Hewitt is profiled in "Tell Me a Story: The Man Who Made '60 Minutes'" (8 p.m., CBS). Hewitt joins Mike Wallace, Morley Safer, Ed Bradley, Steve Kroft and Lesley Stahl to recall some of the newsmagazine's most memorable moments and guests, from Katharine Hepburn, Lena Horne, Muhammad Ali and Jackie Gleason to Richard Nixon and the Ayatollah Khomeini.

Tonight's other highlights

  • The final three perform on "American Idol" (7 p.m., Fox).
  • Lorelai mulls Luke's new attitude as she prepares to open her new inn on the season finale of "Gilmore Girls" (7 p.m., WB).
  • Sherry wants to be Mrs. Palmer again on "24" (8 p.m., Fox).
  • Claude plays cupid on the season finale of "Less Than Perfect" (8:30 p.m., ABC).
  • Regis Philbin hosts "Super Millionaire" (9 p.m., ABC).

Late night

Charlie Sheen and Jack Hanna appear on "Late Show with David Letterman" (10:35 p.m., CBS) ... Jay Leno hosts Tom Arnold and 3 Doors Down on "The Tonight Show" (10:35 p.m., NBC).

Alec Baldwin, Robert Reich and Yellowcard are booked on "Late Night with Conan O'Brien" (11:35 p.m., NBC) ... Autopilot Off perform on "The Late, Late Show with Craig Kilborn" (11:37 p.m., CBS).


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