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Above: Laugh tracks were suddenly silenced when John Ritter joined the great gig in the sky
LOS ANGELES, Calif. (SP) — The day that veteran actor John Ritter died from a rare congenital heart defect may soon be known as the day that situation comedies died on prime time television. The fact that the season premiere of 8 Simple Rules was the highest rated show on television has inspired the producers of other popular sitcoms to introduce more serious storylines in the hopes of achieving similar ratings.
NEW YORK, NY (SP) — A recent study shows that heavy cell phone users experience heightened feelings of isolation during any instances they are not actually talking on the phone. The more often they use the phone, the antsier they get when not using it. In fact, 33% of cell phone users polled admitted to sometimes pretending to talk on the phone, in order to be seen by others as talking with someone.