Thursday, November 06, 2014

"The Love Boat" cast talks old times, celebrates 50 years of Princess Cruises

A year ago, we showed you a glimpse of an interview Fox's Channel 2 in Detroit did with "Love Boat" veteran Gavin MacLeod when he released his book. Well, Fox 2 has done it again, yesterday assembling the whole cast of the beloved classic TV show for a live interview from Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. The cast was celebrating 50 years of Princess Cruises and inaugurating a brand-new luxury cruise ship.

"When we started cruising, this was a luxury," Jill ("Vicki") Whelan said, also joined by her other female castmate, Lauren ("Julie") Tewes. "This wasn't something everybody could do. It's an incredible opportunity that's available to everybody."

"I'm probably married to the woman I've been married to for 28 years because of  'The Love Boat,'" Fred ("Gopher") Grandy told Fox 2's Jason Carr from the breezy platform, the newest cruise ship, the Regal Princess, sitting in the background. "Catherine Mann, who was on 'Entertainment Tonight,' was a talk-show host in Detroit, came to interview me, and the first picture of us is sitting on the coping of the Lido deck, and that's actually how we met. So though I wasn't married on the ship, I was married because of the ship. So thank-you, Detroit, for giving me my wife."

Ted ("Isaac") Lange quipped, "That's a 'Love Boat' story. That means you can find love anywhere!"

When Carr asked him about his work on "Get Smart," Bernie (Dr. Bricker) Kopell said, "One of the things I loved so much about 'Get Smart' was we were on a submarine chasing the sixth fleet, and they were dropping death bombs, and the men were getting very, very nervous. And I said to them, 'You will not panic until I give the order to panic!' And one death bomb came very close, and everybody was like this," (shaking) "and I said, 'Prepaaaaaaare to panic!!!' Great fun."

Gavin ("Captain Stubing") MacLeod reminisced about the legacy "The Love Boat" has left. "This is a dream. This hasn't happened to actors. We're the first that this has ever happened to. To have a show go 10 years, all over the world, 90 countries, and we're Goodwill Ambassadors for the United States. And we're going to be the godparents of this incredible ship in back of us. This is just a blessing that none of us expected. We went to work wanting to have a good show. Three other guys had made the pilot twice before. Then they finally did it with Cindy and myself. And praise God, it sold. And here we are. We're just sitting here because it sold. And people loved it."

Grandy added, "You have to understand, it also stimulated the entire cruise industry. What you see behind us wouldn't have ever existed without 'The Love Boat.' This is 18 ships later, after the original Pacific Princess, and this is four times the size of the Pacific Princess. There's an entire industry. You want to talk about a stimulus program -- that's what this was."

1 comment:

Andrea Melchiori said...

I love that show! I wish they would do a reunion cruise.