Here's some trivia for you RD..I believe the original Capt. Stubing was played by Diak Van Patten...Gabe Kaplan [Welcome Back Kottter]was in the pilot as well...and there was a blond actress with a squeaky mousy voice...here's some more
The Love Boat TV show was a 60 minute comedy
series on ABC about various couples' romantic encounters aboard a luxury cruise ship and the crew's interactions with themselves and the passengers. Each week, well-known stars from other TV shows or movies would appear as guest stars.
Love Boat Broadcast History:
September 1977 through January 1978: Saturday Nights from 10:00 to 11:00 PM on ABC
January 1978 through May 1985: Saturday Nights from 9:00 to 10:00 on ABC
September 1985 to May 1986: Saturday Nights from 10:00 to 11:00 PM on ABC
Love Boat Cast:
Gavin MacLeod .......... Captain Merrill StubingLauren Tewes ........... Julie McCoy (Cruise Director)Bernie Kopell .......... Adam Bricker (Ship's Doctor)Fred Grandy ............ Burl "Gopher" Smith (Purser)Ted Lange .............. Isaac Washington (Bartender)Jill Whelan ............ Vicki Stubing (Captain's Daughter)Ted McGinley ........... Ashley "Ace" Covington Evans (Photographer)Marion Ross ............ Emily Heywood (Captain's Love Interest / Wife)Love Boat Trivia:
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 Love Boat was actually filmed on two ships. In addition to the "Pacific Princess", filming was also done on the "Island Princess" although that name was never used on the series.
Filming took place while on actual voyages ranging from the Virgin Islands to Alaska. Those cruises were always booked solid very far in advance! Passengers not only found it exciting to watch a TV show in production, they were also eligible to appear on the series as "extras"!
In order to maintain interest in the show, in 1981 the Love Boat traveled to Australia, in 1982 to the Mediterranean and to China in 1983!
A musical segment was also added in 1982 called the "Love Boat Follies" where the regular and guest cast would sing and sometimes dance.
More changes were made in the fall of 1985 in an attempt to stop the slowly worsening ratings. The theme song sung by Jack Jones was changed to a "hipper" version sung by Dionne Warwick. A group called the "Love Boat Mermaids" were added to perform a musical number each week. (One of them was Teri Hatcher ... Who would later star on "Lois and Clark
" and "Desperate Housewives
"). A casino was added to the ship. Airtime was also moved from 9:00 to 10:00 PM. Those changes didn't help. By the spring of 1986, a final attempt to save the show was made by giving Captain Stubing a love interest and eventually having him marry.
It was sad for hardcore viewers when the series ended in 1986 but that wasn't the last time we saw the crew of the Pacific Princess. In addition to a number of TV specials the following season and a TV reunion movie in 1990, they also got together on October 30, 1998 for Vicki's Wedding on episode #10 of "Love Boat: The Next Wave
"! Julie and Doc were also pretty "Lovey-Dovey" on that episode. Only Fred Grandy did not appear. He had become a politician by that time and was trying diligently to lose his "Gopher" image!
Theme Song Lyrics
Title: "The Love Boat"
By: "Paul Williams and Charles Fox"
Love, exciting and new
Come Aboard. We're expecting you.
Love, life's sweetest reward.
Let it flow, it floats back to you.
Love Boat soon will be making another run
The Love Boat promises something for everyone
Set a course for adventure,
Your mind on a new romance.
Love won't hurt anymore
It's an open smile on a friendly shore.
Yes Looooooove! It's Looooooo
Acapulco Bound (5/5/77) - The 2 hour pilot for this TV show had an entirely different cast and the ship's name was the "Sun Princess" rather than the "Pacific Princess".
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).