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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).
At the shows height, Bernie Kopell earned $39,500.00 per episode.
Gavin MacLeod, Bernie Kopell, and Ted Lange are the only actors to appear in every episode of the series.
After a highly publicized battle with cocaine addiction, Lauren Tewes was fired from the show at the end of the seventh season.
Two Princess cruise line ships regularly appeared as the Pacific Princess in the show. In addition to the real Pacific Princess, her sister ship, the Island Princess, stood in at times. Both ships changed ownership several times after the show ended and were finally scrapped as of 2014-2015.
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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Aaron Spelling approached Dick Van Patten as his first choice to play that role of Dr. Adam Brinker. He was already doing Eight Is Enough (1977), and therefore unavailable. The role was ultimately given to Bernie Kopell, a best friend of Van Patten's.
Lauren Tewes was chosen over 100 actresses for the role of Julie McCoy.
Both Ted Lange and Teddy Wilson were in the TV series "That's My Mama".
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One of only four television shows that were an hour and had a laugh track. "The Lucy Desi Comedy Hour" was one, "Love American Style" was another, and "Eight is Enough" was another. Coincidently, critics called this "Love American Style" on a boat.
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Lauren Tewes claimed the rest of the cast shunned her after her termination due to issues related to cocaine addiction. She also says the media continues to stigmatize her and label her a cocaine addict even though she kicked the habit 35 years ago.
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Laugh tracks became very unpopular in the 1970s and 1980s, so much so that shows like "All in the Family" and "Cheers" would announce that they did not have a laugh track and filmed before a live studio audience. The Love Boat was the first show in years that was not filmed in front of a studio audience and still had a laugh track. When it was canceled in 1987, it was the last show of its type to have this kind of laugh track.
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After several succesful "Love Boat" and other Aaron Spelling Productions appearances, Debbie Reynolds starred in a show that was a marriage of Spelling's "Love Boat" and "Fantasy Island" : "Aloha Paradise". It took place in Hawaii and had guests come to have their romantic fantasies fulfilled. She has said it was one of the worst experiences of her life.
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Gavin MacLeod was 46 years old when the show started.
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This film has very similar parallels to the much earlier British film "Carry on Cruising". Set on a Cruise Ship, with Product Placement from a real Cruise Line, P&O, which in a further coincidence later merged with Princess Cruises. Shot on a Soundstage replica of the Ship, with stock shot inserts of the location, with stories following the main crew, and some love based sub plots. It's possible that "Carry on Cruising" partly inspired elements of developing "The Love Boat", from the book it was originally based upon. "Carry on Cruising" does play like an early prototype of "The Love Boat".
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