Kaley Cuoco seems a natural selection to play Chrissy in the newly announced, much-buzzed about Three’s Company movie. The rights to the film, which is based on the 70s-80s sitcom, are in the works to be purchased by New Line Cinema.
Cuoco’s name didn’t come up in the speculation, which was batted around on ABC News, mentioning Anna Faris or Amy Schumer in the part of Chrissy. But Cuoco has already played the dim-witted-but-lovable blonde bombshell, whose character was made an icon by the fearless Suzanne Somers.
Cuoco starred alongside Three’s Company’s brilliant John Ritter in 8 Simple Rules for Dating My Teenage Daughter from 2002 until the actor died suddenly in 2005.
During its 2003 season, 8 Simple Rules included an episode parodying Three’s Company, in which Kaley played Chrissy, and according to IMDB, the spot even included an appearance by Don Knotts.
“Paul (Ritter) is trying to get Kerry (Amy Davidson) and Bridget (Kaley Cuoco) to talk to each other after they both date Kyle (Billy Aaron Brown). Kyle tries to get Bridget back and has his brother’s apartment for the weekend. Paul, frustrated by the whole thing, dozes off and dream Kyle is Jack Tripper, his daughters are Janet and Chrissy, He and Cate (Katey Sagal) are the Ropers with Rory (Martin Spanjers) as Larry from Three’s Company.”
The award-winning series was Cuoco’s breakout role, according to this article by Huffington Post, she said she is still grateful for the experience.
“I just adored him. He’d put a potato chip on his shoulder and go, ‘Do I have a chip on my shoulder?’ And we would just crack up! He would do it every day!”
Cuoco credits John Ritter with changing her life, and her current success on The Big Bang Theory.
“Working with him showed me that I loved sitcoms.”
Cuoco’s co-star on The Big Bang Theory, Jim Parsons, confirmed Kaley’s affection for John Ritter.
“I don’t think she ever talks about him without tears in her eyes. She’s emotionally stable, but there was definitely a fatherly bond — he played her father on the show!”
In fact, Cuoco’s character Penny on The Big Bang Theory isn’t a far cry from the role of Chrissy, although modernized and a lot less vacant.
The Three’s Company film follows up on the current trend of transforming old TV series into movies, such as Baywatch and 21 Jump Street. New Line has assigned the task of writing the screenplay to Abby Kohn and Marc Silverstein, who penned its 2009 hit, He’s Just Not That Into You.
Three’s Company was about a pair of women, Chrissy and Janet, (Suzanne Somers and Joyce DeWitt) who are looking for a roommate, and they allow Jack Tripper (Ritter) to move in with them. Although Jack is a heterosexual male, he pretends to be gay in order to dupe the landlord into allowing him to stay.
In those days, a man living with two women was purely scandalous.
The show ran from 1977 to 1984.
After Three’s Company ended, Ritter took his slapstick talents to the helm of 8 Simple Rules, where he became mentor to aspiring star Kaley Cuoco.
The episode with Cuoco as Chrissy was entitled Come and Knock On Our Door. It was formerly available to watch free on YouTube, but unfortunately Disney has put the kibosh on this. However, the DVD is available for purchase on Amazon.
This video shows John Ritter’s last-ever television scene, which includes a teenaged Kaley Cuoco, and is followed by a brief tribute to him.
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