Entertainment Weekly is reporting that James Garner is joining the cast as the father of the widow. The first episode will be in November, just in time for sweeps. There was some talk about whether or not ABC will try and cash in on Ritter's death. The sweeps move may be fuel for that fire. ABC is actually doing a better job this year and with the strategy of using primarily sitcoms, the ship seems to be righting itself, however slowly.