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The Love Boat: The Next Wave aired from April 1998 until July 1999 on UPN.
In this fluffy updated version of the 1970's series The Love Boat, the setting had shifted from the West Coast to the East Coast. The new ship, The Sun Princess sailed from Florida to the Carribean rather than from Los Angeles to Mexico.
In the premiere Jim Kennedy ( Robert Urich) arrived as the stuffy new Captain, divorced and recently retired from the Navy. He had taken the job in order to build a relationship with his troubled juvenile delinquent son , Danny( Kyle Howard), who moved in with him on the ship. It took Jim a little while to adjust to the laid-back attitude on the ship-quite a change from the strict discipline of his military life-but he did loosen up. The principal crew members were Camille ( Joan Severance), the proper security chief; John ( Corey Parker), the insecure doctor who suffered from seasickness; Paolo(Randy Vasquez), the friendly bartender; Will ( Phil Morris), the chief purser; and Suzanne ( Stacey Travis), the perky cruise director. Danny turned 16 on the May 1998 season finale.
When Love Boat returned in the fall of 1998, Suzanne had been replaced by Nicole ( Heidi Mark), a new and sexier cruise director. She arrived to share duties with Camille, who had thought she was shifting jobs without competition. They never quite got along. The last October episode included a reunion with the crew of the original Love Boat series ( except Gopher), who were on board for Vicki's wedding. At the end of the episode it appeared that Julie and Doc were going to get it on. eek.
Among the more familiar faces taking cruises on the show were Julia Duffy, Christine Elise, David Birney, Julie Hagerty, Will Wheaton, Marion Ross, Dick Van Patten, Vicki Lawrence, and Ricardo Montalban.
Although each episode opened with a newly arranged version of the venerable Love Boat theme, the producers did not credit the performers, classifying them simply as studio musicians.
A Review from variety
April 9, 1998 12:00AM PT
The Love Boat: The Next Wave
By Carole Horst
Jack Jones’ crooning theme song may have been replaced by Shaggy-like rap, but “The Love Boat” is still “The Love Boat”: If you liked the original, you’ll like this updated version. UPN series won’t burn up the Nielsen charts, but “The Love Boat: The Next Wave,” produced by Spelling Television (which launched the first “Boat”), is a pleasant one-hour trip.
TV vet Robert Urich is Capt. Jim Kennedy III, the new helmer of luxury liner the Sun Princess. He was forced to retire from the Navy and brings his military style to the light-hearted atmosphere of the ship. He also has his 15-year-old troublemaking son Danny in tow (Kyle Howard).
Kennedy’s style bugs the crew, but in the end his humanity shines.
Rest of crew jibes with original: perky (but not too perky) cruise director Suzanne (Stacey Travis); ultra-friendly barman Paolo (Randy Vasquez); chief purser Will (Phil Morris), who, unlike the bumbling Gopher, is superefficient; and (seasick) ship’s doctor John (Corey Parker). New staffer is tough security chief Camille (Joan Severance). Cast chemistry works, although the goofily endearing tone of the original series has been replaced with a slicker, more sophisticated polish. Gone is the unintended camp, but the spirit and tone of the first “Boat” have been retained.
In fact, Kay Camden and Elizabeth Orange’s script zips along with some snappy and topical dialogue (“I’m going down to steerage to see if Leonardo DiCaprio is there,” announces Danny) while managing to follow the “Love Boat”/”Love American Style” formula: three stories and neat resolutions.
Some well-known faces also pop up: Doug Savant, former token homosexual of “Melrose Place,” plays off a gay theme; Shari Headly and Kadeem Hardison hook up; and, of course, the durable and always likable Urich.
The regulars, i.e. the crew, are engaging, and director Dennis Dugan keeps the pace brisk.
Good use is made of location shots on the Sun Princess, as well as shots around the Caribbean.
Though the “Boat” travels in different waters, fans will notice the same back-screen projection shots of moonlit seas slipping behind the characters as they fall in love.
The Love Boat: The Next Wave
(Romantic comedy; UPN, Mon. April 13, 8 p.m.)
Production: Filmed in Los Angeles and the Caribbean by Spelling Television. Executive producers, Aaron Spelling, E. Duke Vincent, Jonathan Schmock; producers, Jon Pare, Eddie Gorodetsky; director, Dennis Dugan; writers, Kay Camden, Elizabeth Orange.
Crew: Camera, James Chressanthis; editor, Jeff Gourson; production design, Carlos Berben; sound, Brett Grant-Grierson; music, Kevin Kiner; casting Penny Ellers. 60 MIN.
With: Captain Jim Kennedy III ..... Robert Urich Camille Hunter..... Joan Severance Dr. John Morgan ..... Corey Parker Will Sanders ..... Phil Morris Suzanne Zimmerman ..... Stacey Travis Paolo Kaire ..... Randy Vasquez Danny Kennedy ..... Kyle HowardWith: Talia Balsam, Jason Brooks, Lenny Clark, Doug Savant, Kadeem Hardison, Shari Headly, Kate McNeil.
A Review from Entertainment Weekly
The Love Boat: The Next Wave
By Ken Tucker
''Have we made any preparations for El Nino?'' are among the first words Capt. Jim Kennedy (Robert Urich) asks his crew in Love Boat: The Next Wave, so right away, you know we're dealing with a new, timely, concerned Love Boat, not the silly, fluffy Love Boat that gave late-career employment to guest stars like Van Johnson and Ann Miller when it sailed from 1977 to 1986 on ABC. On the old Love Boat, ''El Nino'' might have been the name of a song Charo cooed midway through the show. In UPN's pointless, regrettably less-campy relaunch, the nice, friendly, dependable Urich plays the brand-new captain of the Sun Princess. (One assumes that the old love boat, the Pacific Princess, has been converted into a roomy trailer-park home for Gavin MacLeod's now-retired Captain Stubing.)
Googly-eyed Bernie Kopell, the first Love Boat doctor, has been replaced by sourpussed Corey Parker in the premiere, the doc suffers from seasickness, tee-hee-hee. Joan Severance, whom we must always think of as the slinky, incestuous Susan Profitt (with TV brother Kevin Spacey!) on the spectacular Wiseguy in 1988, is here as the ship's prim-and-proper chief of security. It goes without saying that the romantic shipboard subplots are soggy and witless: Kadeem Hardison meets and instantly proposes to Shari Headley; two guys (Jason Brooks and Melrose Place's Doug Savant) are mistaken for a gay couple, yet find that this turns them into chick magnets.
Urich's Kennedy has a 15-year-old son (Kyle Howard) who's a recovering druggie; he gets to make the show's obligatory Titanic reference: ''I'm gonna go down to steerage and look for Leonardo DiCaprio.'' Hmmm, you'd think he'd want to look for Kate Winslet; maybe he should be hanging out with Savant and Brooks? D+
An Article From TeeVee.org
Love -- Not Exciting, Not New
by Greg Knauss March 3, 1998
There are some TV memories that cause distant smiles and the pleasant buzz of nostalgia. There are some TV memories that cause shivers at the thrill of world history. And there are some TV memories that cause you to take a knife to your own gut so you can chew on your intestines in order to distract yourself from the nightmare, forming unbidden, in your head.
The Love Boat is one of these memories.
You rememb-- Put that knife down!
You remember: Captain Steubing; Julie, Your Cruise Director; Issac the Bartending Uncle Tom; Doc Bricker, HIV-Worst-Case-Scenario; and Gopher, the wacky, bumbling future leader of the free world.
Well, reminisce no longer. It's coming back.
The Love Boat: The Next Wave is set to premiere this April on -- and you can probably see this coming -- UPN. Robert Urich stars as the ship's captain. Joan Severence plays a really amazing pair of breasts. Brent Spiner is the android science officer. And a bunch of other nobodies figure in somehow -- I nodded off before I finished the press release.
There's no Charo in sight, but that can't last. Unless she's dead. Does anybody know?
The return of The Love Boat is, officially, Sign Number Four of the Coming of Apocalypse, right behind "Presidential Blow-Jobs in The New York Times" and right ahead of "TeeVee Garners Favorable Review in Entertainment Weekly." If we're lucky, fire will rain from the sky and the ultimate battle between Good and Evil will begin before the end of March.
The new version of the show will reportedly include more "realism" than the original, and will tackle the pressing issues of the day, head on. Like Oprah does, but with less emphasis on reading.
The Mid-East Peace Process will no doubt crop up at some point, the intractable, centuries-old problem solved by the shipboard romance of a Mossad agent and a Hezbollah partisan. A member of the Shining Path in possession of stolen Russian nuclear weapons will be dissuaded from wiping San Francisco from the face of the planet by a sassy southern belle. And two young lovers will have a wacky adventure when one of them freezes to death in the icy waters of the Atlantic and sinks to the ocean floor.
Oh, also: The errant, rebellious son of the ship's captain will be caught smoking marijuana. Really. When you want your stark, gritty realism aboard a luxury cruise ship, you know where to turn.
How we came to this particular point in the history of Western Civilization is one of those things that cause sociologists to get all weepy.
You can't help but imagine a network producer -- half-buried in empty pizza boxes and Jack Daniels bottles -- flipping around the TV late at night, cursing loudly and screaming every time he stumbles across Sally Struthers. "Where the hell's the entertainment?" he bellows. "Where the hell's the uplifting fantasy? By God, in my day we knew what the public wanted. And the public wanted The Lov--"
At which point he throws up.
But his idea -- The Love Huuunghhk -- takes hold, and shortly thereafter Robert Urich and crew come sailing out of the cold dark. The revivification of The Love Boat, even before we've been given the opportunity to turn it off in disgust, has spawned yet another ugly, unthinking TV-land trend: Every executive that missed out on producing a Friends rip-off a few seasons ago is now busy dredging the bottom of the network archives for anything even remotely resembling a fond memory, no matter how sticky and damp.
Up ahead, massive icebergs of just really lousy TV, rising from the oily sea of TV past: ABC is reportedly considering a revamp of Fantasy Island for their next season. Love, American Style also is rumored to be underway. Lord knows what else.
It was hard enough steering around this crap the last time. Screw the women and children; I'm heading for the life boats now.
A Review from The New York Daily News
'Love Boat': Not See-worthy Go Cruisin' For A Snoozin' Again With All Hams On Deck
BY DAVID BIANCULLI
Monday, April 13, 1998
LOVE BOAT: THE NEXT WAVE.
Tonight, 8 o'clock, UPN.
JUST WHEN you thought it was safe to go back to the TV set, here it comes: the return of the Loooooooooove boat!
"Love Boat The Next Wave," which premieres tonight at 8, on UPN/Ch. 9, is the network's all-new weekly version of the classically camp ABC series. There's a new captain, a new crew and a new attitude. However, there's no reason to watch, and no guest stars worth tuning in to catch.
At the helm of this new "Love Boat" is Robert Urich, the new captain who spends the entire first episode playing hardball with his crew until, right on schedule at the end, he cracks a smile and breaks the ice.
(Speaking of cruise ships and ice, I'm resisting the obvious and compelling urge to make any "Titanic" jokes about this new series. Actually, the series itself makes a bad "Titanic" joke of its own in the pilot, when the captain's wayward teen son, played by Kyle Howard, informs his dad, "I'm gonna go down to steerage and look for Leonardo DiCaprio.")
His crew is much more buff than the original version, and includes Phil Morris as the chief purser, Joan Severance as the security officer, Stacey Travis as the cruise director, Corey Parker as the doctor and Randy Vasquez as the bar manager.
Those who know Severance from her work on "Wiseguy," or even from her straight-to-video erotic thrillers, have reason to regret her casting here as a relative waste. Meanwhile, those who remember Morris from previous series can identify him as perhaps the first actor ever to star in two different series remakes of previous TV shows. (Prior to this new "Love Boat," he also starred in the revamped TV version of "Mission: Impossible," the original version of which starred his father, Greg.)
Urich and Severance, especially, take their new roles very seriously, and are the best things about this new series. Meanwhile, guest stars such as Talia Balsam, Kadeem Hardison and Lenny Clarke play things mostly for easy laughs or sappy romance.
For "Love Boat," though, these are the wrong kinds of guest stars. Both "Love Boat" and "Fantasy Island," in the old days, passed out paychecks to current TV stars people wanted to see, and vintage celebrities they'd see nowhere else. Here, though, the biggest guest headliner in the two shows provided for preview is Doug Savant of "Melrose Place."
If that's the best this new "Love Boat" can do, and apparently it is, this cruise liner is headed straight back to dry dock.
A Review From The Michigan Daily
'Love Boat' far from exciting and new
By Chris Cousino
Daily Arts Writer
Fire up the engines, pull up the gangplank and batten down the hatches! The boat that's "expecting you" is about to set sail again. But this "exciting and new" Aaron Spelling cruise has no Captain Stubing.
Helmed by Captain Jim Kennedy III, played by "Spencer For Hire" star Robert Urich, UPN's "Love Boat: The Next Wave" embarks on its pleasure trip with the premiere episode tonight.
The Next Wave
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Following along the same lines of its predecessor, "Next Wave" is filled with predictable story lines, cheesy scripts and schmaltzy themes of love, romance and adventure. Its basic premise brings together the captain, the crew and an entourage of guest stars who find romance, love and understanding - all within an hour.
The premiere episode begins with the crew members discussing the new captain who has yet to board the ship, the Sun Princess. Chief Purser Will Sanders (Phil Morris), Chief of Security Camille Hunter (Joan Severance) and Cruise Director Suzanne Zimmerman (Stacey Travis) demonstrate studio-taught, formulaic acting at its best. As Kennedy arrives, he learns his 15 year-old, drug-riddled, teen-angst-filled son Danny (Kyle Howard) must accompany him because his mother can't handle his addiction.
Though this is such a basic and overused formula, Howard's mumbling about his problems and his yearning for his father's affections are somewhat heartwarming. Believe it or not, Danny is a multifaceted character. In one scene, he warmly reads a bedtime story to a child after rudely stating to everyone at dinner, "My day sucked." His smoking marijuana in a child's playhouse also conveys his tough, strong garishness in contrast with his childlike innocence.
It's up to veteran actor Urich to stand tall and steer the series into calm, pleasant waters. As Captain Kennedy, Urich tries to act tough, abrupt and direct, but Urich is more of a warm, down-to-earth guy at heart. His stern, unbelievable facade gets broken down by the end of the first episode.
Guest stars that join the premiere episode include comedian Lenny Clark and Kadeem Hardison, who played Dwayne on "A Different World," and "Melrose Place"'s Doug Savant.
In tune with current public thought, the script includes a joke about Monica Lewinsky and Danny cracks the line, "I'm gonna go down to steerage and look for Leonardo DiCaprio." The comedy in the script is weak and with puns like "Buoys will be Buoys," all that can be expected is a groan.
Though there is much in "Love Boat: The Next Wave" to complain about, the show works with Howard's acting and his relationship with his father Urich, who is such a likable guy. "Next Wave" is the perfect show to come aboard on when you're channel-surfing and there's nothing on. You'll be pulled in its wake to watch the second half-hour because you, most likely, missed the first.
An Article from the Chicago Tribune
"The Love Boat: The Next Wave": Yes, UPN's remake of the...
February 26, 1999|By Steve Johnson, Tribune Television Critic.
"The Love Boat: The Next Wave": Yes, UPN's remake of the classic schlocky series is still airing. It even outlasted ABC's update
of "Fantasy Island," "Love Boat's" old ABC lineup partner. But the reason, looking at Friday's episode (8 p.m., WPWR-Ch. 50), is clearly not merit. "Fantasy Island," although it ultimately didn't work as art or commerce, at least tried to bring the series into a new decade by making it a darker thing and tinkering with the format. UPN's "Love Boat," on the other hand, is, if anything, more corny and obvious than the original. Robert Urich phones it in as the captain, and none of the crew seems likely even to make it to a state legislature one day. And as for the guest stars, Friday night's is another plugger, countrypolitan crooner Billy Ray Cyrus, playing a depressed country star brought on board to entertain passengers. Plot B is about a divorcing couple sentenced to spend a week's cruise together, and plot C deals with a stowaway puppy dog the captain can't quite bring himself to discipline. Ted Lange, from the original series, is on hand to direct, lending just the right authenticity to the air of depression and gloom over this enterprise. That pooch? It's a hangdog. Arf. Arf.
To read some articles about Love Boat: The Next Wave go to http://news.google.com/newspapers?id=WKNUAAAAIBAJ&sjid=bzsNAAAAIBAJ&dq=robert%20urich%20love%20boat%20the%20next%20wave&pg=1500%2C2850078 and http://news.google.com/newspapers?id=dJIwAAAAIBAJ&sjid=CzcDAAAAIBAJ&dq=robert%20urich%20love%20boat%20the%20next%20wave&pg=4577%2C1176874
To watch some clips go to https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=love+boat+the+next+wave+full+episodes+
For more on Love Boat: The Next Wave go to https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Love_Boat:_The_Next_Wave
For a comparison between the two Love Boats go to http://www.poobala.com/loveandnext.html
For an interview with Robert Urich go to https://web.archive.org/web/20100403074754/http://www.tvdads.com/tvdurich.shtml
For some The Love Boat: The Next Wave-related interview videos at the Archive of American Television go to https://interviews.televisionacademy.com/shows/love-boat-next-wave
To watch the opening credits go to https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fKEXYLyv3JE and https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y0IqqN8rJ0I
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