Friday, January 12, 2018

Show Notes: Episode 3-13: Love Boat

*Love Boat's first-season episode "Winner Take Love/The Congressman Was Indiscreet/Isaac's History Lesson" premiered on ABC January 28, 1978, against Doc Savage: The Man of Bronze on NBC and the combo of The Jeffersons and Maude on CBS.

*The series racked up 250 episodes from 1977 to 1986. Only the first 3 of those 9 seasons are on DVD at this time. Yet somehow this is still considered a first-world country.

*Fantasy Island aired 1977 to 1984, following The Love Boat on Saturday night in each of those seasons.

*Elizabeth Taylor, Cary Grant, and God were never guests on The Love Boat.

*The Andy Warhol episode is from the series' final season. A lot has been written about this appearance. Here's an example. I like a  quote the blog's author selects from a Warhol bio:

Not that Andy was always as enamored of celebrity and showbiz as he seemed. Bockris:
After The Love Boat episode was aired, he complained to a friend that people in Hollywood were “idiots.” They didn’t buy art, he said. They stank.
*Jeraldine Saunders' Love Boats, which inspired the series, is available from third-party sellers but not yet in an official e-reader format.

*Charo debuted as a stowaway in season 1, and Captain Stubing planned to dump her at the nearest port, but was charmed after seeing her perform on the ship and got her a gig as a Pacific Princess entertainer.

*Gopher's name is Burl Smith.

*Bobby Sherman's big Top 40 single was 1969's "Little Woman," but he had many other charting hits in that era. Maureen McCormick's character is named Suzy Corbett, and this is her second appearance on The Love Boat in this very season. She showed up just a few months earlier in the sixth episode of the season as Robert Hegyes' love interest.

*Deney Terio hosted Dance Fever, a show which we will attempt to discuss in a future season if I have anything to say about it.

*The theme song, written by Charles Fox and Paul Williams, is sung by Jack Jones in the first 8 seasons and Dionne Warwick in the ninth. I am stunned to learn there is a cover version playable in Just Dance 2014. I may have to find a copy of that game because I usually get up and get down when the TV show starts and the song starts blaring.

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