Pleshette follows ‘Rules’

Thesp guests alongside Garner on laffer

The kids on “8 Simple Rules for Dating My Teenage Daughter” have met their grandmother, and it’s Suzanne Pleshette.

Pleshette will guest star in at least the first episode of “8 Simple Rules” — and possibly more — when the show returns in November following its hiatus.

The actress joins James Garner, who was also tapped this week to join the show following series star John Ritter’s death. Garner and Pleshette will play the recently separated parents of Katey Sagal’s character, family matriarch Cate Hennessy.

Garner, whose character moves in with the family, has signed up to appear in at least the first four segs of the revamped “8 Simple Rules” (Daily Variety, Oct. 16). It’s still uncertain whether Pleshette will be featured in all four as well.

Pleshette most recently starred last season on the NBC comedy “Good Morning Miami.” She also lent her voice to the animated feature “Spirited Away” and the video “The Lion King II: Simba’s Pride.”

The actress is best known for her lengthy stint as Emily Hartley on “The Bob Newhart Show.” Pleshette and Garner also starred opposite each other in the 1966 feature “Mister Buddwing” and 1971’s “Support Your Local Gunfighter.”

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