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The Love Boat (TV Series 1977–1987) Poster

(1977–1987)

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This series was based upon Jeraldine Saunders novel titled, "The Love Boats". She wrote the book from her personal observations while serving as a hostess on a cruise ship.
The former Pacific Princess is to be scrapped in 2013 at a Turkish ship-recycling yard on the Aegean coast. She is 42 years old, and was decommissioned in 2008. The Izmir Ship Recycling Co. acquired the former cruise ship for 2.5 million euros ($3.3 million).
After a highly publicized battle of cocaine addiction, Lauren Tewes was fired from the show, at the end of the seventh season.
Gavin MacLeod, Bernie Kopell, Ted Lange are the only actors to appear in every episode of the series.
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At the shows height, Bernie Kopell earned $39,500.00 per episode.
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Two Princess cruise line ships were used in the series: The Island Princess and The Pacific Princess. Pacific Princess is now M.S. Pacific (jointly operated by Brazilian CVC and Spanish Quail Cruises), Island Princess is now M.S. Discovery (for England-based Voyages of Discovery), so both ships are still around.
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Other ships used (especially for the 2-hr-episodes) were Stella Solaris (scrapped in 2003), Pearl of Scandinavia (now used for Casino cruises out of Hong Kong and called Golden Princess and not to be confused with DFDS's Pearl of Scandinavia), Royal Viking Sky (now Fred.Olsen's Boudicca) and Royal Princess (now M.S. Artemis for P&O Cruises).
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Gopher's real name is Burl Smith.
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Aaron Spelling approached Dick Van Patten for his first choice to play that role of Capt. Merrill Stubing, when he was already doing Eight Is Enough (1977) at the time, hence, Van Patten was unavailable. The role was ultimately given to Gavin MacLeod.
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Lauren Tewes was chosen over 100 actresses for the role of Julie McCoy.
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Both Ted Lange (Junior) and Teddy Wilson (Earl) were in the TV series "That's My Mama". They also played the Love Boat character Isaac, the bartender. Wilson in the movie and Lange on the series.
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Dick Van Patton played the doctor (O'Neil) in the Love Boat TV Movie and was up for the role of the Captain in the series, but was already involved in "Eight is Enough" and wasn't available. So the role went to Gavin MacLeod.
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