THE REAL LOVE BOAT premieres Oct. 5 at 9 p.m. ET/PT on CBS and streams on Paramount +
GET READY FOR something “exciting and new.” If you loved the iconic TV series The Love Boat (streaming on Paramount+), you’ll fall head over heels for this new real- ity comp. The Real Love Boat brings hopeless romantics together on a luxury Princess Cruise ship, and destination dates, chal- lenges, and surprise singles will test the couples’ compatibility and chemistry. After a month at sea, one winning couple will dock in the final port to take home a cash prize, a once-in-a-lifetime trip, and—who knows?—maybe a soulmate. Helping the singles navigate the dating pool are real-life husband- and-wife duo Jerry O’Connell and Rebecca Romijn. “After years of con- suming, 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,” say O’Connell and Romijn. O’Connell confessed to his cohorts at The Talk that he’s never been on a cruise (“Bring Dramamine,” co-host Akbar Gbajabiamila advised). “I’ve never been to Italy. I’ve never been to Greece. So I’m so excited for this opportunity,” he continued. And since the couple’s two daughters will be tagging along, O’Connell teased he may even renew his vows with Romijn in Istan- bul (they’ll be celebrating their 15th wed- ding anniversary while out at sea). Expect to see The Love Boat ’s indispens- able crew members, including the cruise director and captain. “We don’t judge people physically, but [the captain] is smokin’ hot!” O’Connell quips. But perhaps he should be more worried about the eye candy onboard. “I saw all the contestants, and I saw my wife look at all the dudes who are gonna be there, and I’m a little worried my wife is gonna tell the producers, ‘Um, can I enter this competition?’” O’Connell’s goal is to “bring back the joy- ful, hopeful vibe of the original.” Come aboard … we’re expecting you.
SEPTEMBER / OCTOBER • 2022
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