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‘Real Love Boat’ Sets Sail This Fall


What is considered a “dating adventure series” appears to be a mashup of a popular 1970’s sitcom and 2020’s dating shows. In any case, CBS has announced that The Real Love Boat “soon will be making another run” with hosts, real-life husband and wife team, Jerry O’Connell and Rebecca Romijn. It will debut on Wednesday, October 5, 2022 as part of the network’s “All-Reality Wednesday” following Survivor and The Amazing Race.

“After years of consuming, arguing about and dissecting unscripted television, hosting a reality series where a group of singles look for love while aboard a Princess Cruise ship, seemed like a dream come true,” said Romijn and O’Connell. “When we heard it was aboard The Real Love Boat, that dream got an iconic theme song – ‘we promise something for everyone.’”

The power couple is also CBS gold. O’Conell is a morning show host on The Talk, Romijn stars in Paramount+’s Star Trek: Strange New Worlds and together, they also star in the thriller Endangered Species. They will be serving as the show’s fictional captain and cruise director aboard the very real Regal Princess cruise ship. It is also rumored (but not confirmed) that the show will also feature real Princess employees as well. Here is how CBS describes the new show:

The Real Love Boat is bringing singles together to sail the Mediterranean on a luxury cruise ship while looking for love. Destination dates, challenges and surprise singles will test the couples’ compatibility and chemistry. Like the beloved original scripted series, the indispensable crew members, including captain and cruise director, will play pivotal roles in the matchmaking and navigation of the romantic (and sometimes turbulent) waters ahead.

On can only hope that this new show will be a little more light-hearted and to the likes of The Bachelor, but we shall see. After nearly one month at sea, one winning couple will dock in the final port and take home a cash prize plus a once-in-a-lifetime trip courtesy of Princess Cruises.

The original The Love Boat which was “exciting and new” in 1976, debuted with three made-for-TV movies all of which starred a complete new cruise ship cast before the TV series debuted in 1977 on ABC. The show ran for nine season from 1977 to 1986, followed by five specials between 1986 and 1990 and an update, Love Boat: The Next Wave which aired on UPN from 1998 to 1999.

Main Image: CBS. Second Image: CBS/Tommaso Boddi/WireImage

Jeffrey Totey View All

I write about pop culture, arts and entertainment in the greater Seattle area.

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