Love, exciting and not so new, but oh so nostalgic! On Wednesday, an enormous Love Boat sized cast of guest stars will descend on Port Everglades to christen the Regal Princess cruise ship in celebration of Princess Cruises’ 50th anniversary.
Master of ceremonies is Love Boat heiress Tori Spelling, who probably will not show up because of a recent hospitalization for what her rep calls marital, um, bronchial issues. Cough!
Guest stars? Loni Anderson, Joyce DeWitt, Jamie Farr, Pam Grier, Florence Henderson, the show’s theme song singer Jack Jones, Christopher Knight, Diane Ladd, Lorenzo Lamas, Carol Lawrence, Rich Little, Lee Meriwether, Don Most, Tracy Nelson, Mackenzie Phillips, Doris Roberts, Marion Ross, Frank Sinatra Jr., Charlene Tilton, Joan Van Ark, Dick Van Patten and Adrian Zmed. And, because no Love Boat production is complete without her, a headlining performance by Charo!
If that’s not enough bold-faced names for ya, the ship’s godparents are original castmembers Gavin MacLeod, Fred Grandy, Ted Lange, Bernie Kopell, Lauren Tewes and Jill Whelan — all of whom will be there.
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Tewes, aka the always perky cruise director Julie McCoy, is revving up for the festivities.
“Any opportunity to see the sun and the ocean is a delight for me in November,” she says, adding there are benefits to being out at sea. “I always get terrific sleep.”
These days the TV icon goes by the name Cynthia Lauren Tewes. When not acting, she is a sous chef for a caterer in Seattle. Her most-recent part was in a local repertory play called Basketcases about basketball moms.
“I like working with food, but to be honest I am looking forward to not standing all day and doing more acting.”
The old gang has kept in touch over the years.
“It seems like every year there is a new reason to reunite,” Tewes says, adding with a laugh: “The gift that keeps on giving.”
STILL THE SAME
At 69, Bob Seger says he’s ready to hit the road again: He’s scaled back smoking and bicycles 10 miles a day as part of a workout routine.
“I think I’m in pretty good shape,” Seger said in a phone interview with the Associated Press. He noted that a colonoscopy from a few years ago was clean, and he just had a checkup for his tour to promote Ride Out, the album released last week and his first since 2006.
The 25-city tour begins Nov. 19 in Michigan, and stops at the BB& T Center Feb. 7 (LiveNation.com).
Seger isn’t saying whether he’ll continue beyond that: “I just take it tour by tour.”
A member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the Songwriters Hall of Fame, Seger plans to play several songs off his new album on tour, plus a mix of staples that he knows he must perform, including Night Moves, Mainstreet and Turn the Page. “There’s about eight of them that you cannot not do” or fans get upset, Seger said, noting that over time he and his Silver Bullet Band have tried dropping a few from the set list.
Ride Out features a mix of rock songs, covers and ballad-like tunes, including one that takes on the topic of climate change. “It’s all about my kids,” Seger said. “We’ve all got to worry about their future.”
Seger fan club members will have access to purchase tickets in advance starting 10 a.m. Wednesday at BobSeger.com.
Wedding bells are ringing for one reality star.
Chad Carroll, one of the real estate agents on Million Dollar Listing Miami, is set to walk down the aisle with Jen Stone, who works for The Delray Marketplace. The so-called King of Closing, 30, proposed to the equally ambitious beauty on the Bravo show, but now they’ve set a date: Saturday night at the Cleveland Museum of Art (the bride to be, 25, is from there; Carroll is from nearby Columbus). As for the honeymoon: Australia. Good on ya!
Lesley Abravanel contributed to this report.