'The Real Love Boat' dating show to sail on CBS' fall lineup

  • This image released by CBS shows a Princess Cruise ship. CBS announced a new reality show called 'úThe Real Love Boat,'Ě a sea-going dating show that's part of the CBS fall schedule.  Described as a 'úromance adventure competition,'Ě the series credits as its inspiration the popular and kitschy comedy-drama 'úThe Love Boat,'Ě which aired from 1977-86. (Princess Cruise/CBS via AP)

    This image released by CBS shows a Princess Cruise ship. CBS announced a new reality show called 'úThe Real Love Boat,'Ě a sea-going dating show that's part of the CBS fall schedule. Described as a 'úromance adventure competition,'Ě the series credits as its inspiration the popular and kitschy comedy-drama 'úThe Love Boat,'Ě which aired from 1977-86. (Princess Cruise/CBS via AP) Associated Press

 
 
Updated 5/18/2022 6:07 PM

NEW YORK -- Network TV's fondness for reality fare and reboots combine in 'úThe Real Love Boat,'Ě a sea-going dating show that's part of the CBS fall schedule announced Wednesday.

Described as a 'úromance adventure competition,'Ě the series credits as its inspiration the popular and kitschy comedy-drama 'úThe Love Boat,'Ě which aired from 1977-86 on ABC. 'úThe Real Love Boat'Ě will follow returning shows 'úSurvivor'Ě and 'úThe Amazing Race'Ě on Wednesday, a rare all-reality night for CBS.

 

With so much programming available to viewers, 'úflow is important, lead-ins are important, compatible programming is important,'Ě said Kelly Kahl, CBS Entertainment president. 'úThis looked like a real good bet to us. It also looks like a real competitive kind of counter-programming move.'Ě

By contrast, network rivals NBC and ABC have stocked their Wednesday lineups with comedies and dramas. There's more to guard against than just other broadcasters, given the rise of streaming services with splashy shows and on-demand convenience.


That's prompted growing broadcast reliance on fare known to viewers, including spinoffs and reboots. But CBS, which leans on the scripted 'úNCIS'Ě and 'úFBI'Ě franchises, is also placing bets on a trio of unpedigreed new dramas this fall.

'úEast New York'Ě stars Amanda Warren as the newly promoted head of a police precinct in the working-class neighborhood where she has roots. Jimmy Smits co-stars. 'úFire Country'Ě follows young convict (Max Thieriot, 'úSeal Team'Ě) who joins a California prison-release firefighting program for a second chance.

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The other scripted addition, 'úSo Help Me Todd,'Ě is described as a 'úhumorous legal drama.'Ě Oscar-winner Marcia Gay Harden ("Pollock") stars as a successful attorney who hires her less-driven son, a private detective played by Skylar Astin, to work for her law firm.

The shows canceled by CBS are 'úMagnum P.I.'Ě; 'úUnited States of Al'Ě; 'úB Positive'Ě; 'úGood Sam'Ě and 'úHow We Roll.'Ě

The network and its Paramount Global siblings, including Paramount+, presented their wares to advertisers in New York on Wednesday. The streaming service announced that 'úTulsa King,'Ě starring Sylvester Stallone as a mobster exiled to Oklahoma, will debut Nov. 13.

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Media Writer David Bauder reported from New York and Television Writer Lynn Elber reported from Los Angeles.

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