More recently, in 2019, after other hit TV shows from the 80s and 90s got a new life with reboots, such as “Twin Peaks,” “The X-Files,” and “Roseanne,” networks started discussing the possibility of a new “Love Boat” show. The idea was to feature as much of the original cast as possible.
Jill Whelan, who played Vicky Stubing throughout the original show, said in an interview with Fox News that they’ve all talked about a reboot, and are thinking about how they would all fit into something like that. It would definitely be an interesting idea to see what a modern version of “The Love Boat” would look like.
Princess Cruises’ Safety Video
As a further ode to “The Love Boat,” the Princess Cruise Company decided to film a passenger safety video modeled after the show. In a hilarious parody video of “The Love Boat” opening credits segment, the ship’s crew would educate passengers on all the safety protocols to be practiced onboard.
Apart from the graphics and theme song from the show, the cheery safety video also featured some original cast members from the show – like Ted Lange showing passengers how to put on a lifejacket. The video was shown for decades onboard every single cruise ship of the Princess Cruise line.
Remakes Were Unsuccessful
As with any massive commercial success, TV producers often want to keep cashing in with reboots, sequels, and remakes. “The Love Boat” was no exception, although it took nearly a decade for the concept to come through. In 1997, United Paramount Network (UPN) came up with a reboot titled “Love Boat: The Next Wave.”
Debuting in the spring of 1998, the show featured all-new characters, such as Captain Jim Kennedy III, security chief Camille Hunter, and purser Will Sanders. Unfortunately, the show had bad ratings from the start and didn’t manage to get viewers’ attention. After two short seasons, UPN pulled the plug.
A Very Different Show in Europe
It’s no secret that the cultural differences among countries can be stark, and “The Love Boat” was a perfect example of something that was very much affected by them. For instance, the show aired in several European countries, one of them being France.
But there, the show wasn’t a comedy, but rather a romance-adventure series, mainly since the French found laugh tracks, a.k.a. fake laughter, culturally offensive – being told when to laugh was a big no-no in France. Thus, the French version of “The Love Boat,” titled “La Croisiere S’amuse,” had a very different feel to the original U.S. version.
Slipping Ratings Ended the Show
“The Love Boat” enjoyed stellar TV ratings from its very first year, ranking at 16 in TV Guide’s List of Top 20 Shows. It continued within the top 20 for its second season and only dropped to number 24 for its third season. However, the fourth season of “The Love Boat” got its highest-ever rating, ranking at number 5 on the Top 20 list.
Until the seventh season, the show ranked among the top 20, but suffered a dip for its 8th, 9th, and final season, descending to a number 62 rank on the list. After getting such low ratings, the network decided it was time to call it quits.