The Real Love Boat Season 1 Release Date, Cast, And More Information

"The Real Love Boat" promises to make waves with the perfect mix of nostalgia, romance, and a hint of comedy. The series has already sparked a lot of hype among fans who are familiar with the 1970s sitcom series. One person tweeted, "Never was a fan of The Love Boat (I found it weird and creepy) but I'm excited about The Real Love Boat coming this fall." While the original series was a scripted show about the captain and crew helping their passengers find their happily ever after, per IMDb, the new series is a reality show with a similar premise.

CBS revealed that the contestants will cruise along the Mediterranean while trying to find "The One." However, only one lucky couple can walk away with a cash prize, as well as a trip aboard the iconic Princess Cruise ship. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Mitch Graham, CBS's senior vice president of alternative programming, said, "Audiences connected with the fun and escapism of 'The Love Boat.'" He noted that one of the reasons the original series was so popular was because people made "meaningful connections." Graham continued, "Reimagining it as a dating show with competition, adventure and romance make 'The Real Love Boat' an ideal fit for our schedule and viewers." While it's too early to tell if any of the contestants have made a splash in the love department, here's the scoop on the new reality show.

When will The Real Love Boat premiere?

Gather your favorite munchies, grab the remote, and settle in for some decadent fall viewing. Per Deadline, "The Real Love Boat" will premiere on October 5, 2022. It is scheduled to air at 9 p.m. between CBS stalwarts "Survivor" and "The Amazing Race," per Variety. While we're not yet sure about the series' opening sequence — who could forget "The Love Boat" theme song? — we do know the hosts have released their very own spoofy trailer.

For those who just can't wait for the new series, head over to "The Real Love Boat" on Instagram. The hosts filmed a very funny clip where they sing the iconic theme song. Captioned, "It floats back to you," the video shows the pair floating on inflatable swim rings as they attempt to wax nostalgic. Alas, while their musical abilities are questionable, they certainly tickled viewers' sense of humor! As one person noted, "You two are hysterical!!! Can't wait to watch!" However, it seems as if the duo is perfect for the role, as they managed to put a comedic spin on an often angst-driven genre. Humor and seasick lovesick contestants are a match made in heaven. As for the hosts, it seems as if the powers-that-be could not have picked a more perfect pair. Here's who will be cruising along the Mediterranean alongside the wannabe winners.

Who will host The Real Love Boat?

In March, CBS Boston revealed that the show was casting hopeful singles for "The Real Love Boat." On the casting website, producers revealed that they were looking for American and Canadian "men and women who are up for the trip of a lifetime and a chance to find true love." They were also looking to cast adults who were older than 21. Potential contestants had to fill in an application form and answer some personal questions, such as "Why do you want to find [l]ove? Have you ever been in love?" Of course, viewers will see how this plays out on the show.

In the meantime, Deadline confirmed that husband-and-wife duo Rebecca Romijn and Jerry O'Connell are going to host the show. The couple has twin daughters, Dolly and Charlie, and now will share co-hosting duties, too. O'Connell once told Closer Weekly, "She makes me laugh a lot." They also released a statement, saying, "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." For the record, O'Connell previously mentioned their mutual love for the "Real Housewives" franchise to Closer Weekly, and credited his wife for getting him hooked on the Bravo program. With their combined knowledge of reality shows, it seems as if these two have stepped into their dream jobs.

The Real Love Boat is going Down Under

"The Real Love Boat" wants to share the joy and ignite the flames of passion far and wide. Per Deadline, CBS's CEO and president George Cheeks released a statement, saying, "The Love Boat is a timeless, romantic concept with universal appeal, and we're excited to reimagine this popular series for audiences in two different countries." CBS and Australian Broadcaster Network 10 partnered together to produce a local version of "The Love Boat" for each country. Sounds like a smart move to join forces in the name of love, doesn't it?

Australia's 10 Play revealed the identities of some key cast members. The boat will be captained by Paolo Arrigo, Darren McMullen will host the show, Daniel Doody will serve as the head of entertainment, and Hannah Ferrier will serve as the cruise director. "Below Deck" fans know that Ferrier is a capable crew member. She spoke to the outlet and said, "After more than a decade at sea in the Mediterranean I am so excited to join The Real Love Boat and help all our amazing passengers find love!" She continued, "I'm going to be watching them very closely and helping them every step of the way on their journeys to find their perfect match." We hope the experience will be smooth sailing for both cast and crew along the high seas.