March 2012

Cast of "CHiPs" To Reunite

The cast of the iconic 70’s TV series “CHiPs”, the show that introduced the world to Erik Estrada and a young actor named 

Michael Dorn who went on to stardom as Worf in “Star Trek: The Next Generation” and “Star Trek: Deep Space Nine”, will reunite this fall in Los Angeles to celebrate the show’s 35th anniversary. So far Larry Wilcox (Jon Baker), Robert Pine (Joe Getraer), Brodie Greer (Barry Baricza) Lew Saunders (Gene Fritz), Lou Wagner (Harlan Arliss), Paul Linke (Artie Grossman) and Bruce Penhall (Bruce Nelson) are scheduled to attend along with a special appearance by Randi Oakes (Bonnie Clark). They’ll gather at the Hilton Los Angeles Airport on September 15th.

Anyone over the age of 30 probably grew up with this show, either first run or through the many years it ran in syndication. Its popularity remained so high after its cancelation in 1983 that a reunion movie was produced by TNT in 1998. It brought most of the cast back together and garnered high ratings. Since then the first two seasons have been released on DVD and Warner Brothers claims to be working on a big screen version to star Wilmer Valderrama as Ponch. The studio has been rather tightlipped about it and as of yet no release date has been scheduled.

The Love Boat's Last Hurrah....

The Love Boat is no longer “exciting and new”,  in fact it’s sailed on its last cruise. According to an Italian newspaper, the

 iconic “Pacific Princess” which sailed week after week for 10 seasons on the hit TV series “The Love Boat”,  is headed for the scrapyard. It was commissioned in 1971 and was actively used by Princess Cruises until 2002 when it was sold to another cruise line.

“The Love Boat” rejuvenated what was at the time an ailing cruise industry with it’s portrayals of fun and romantic cruises filled with beautiful scenery and a friendly and mischievous crew played by Gavin MacLeod (also well known as Murray from “The Mary Tyler Moore Show”) , Fred Grandy (who went on to become a popular congressman), Lauren Tewes, Ted Lange and Bernie Kopell (also well known for his roles on “That Girl” and “Get Smart”.  In fact the cast became so endearing that stories surfaced of tourists who arrived for their cruise and were unhappy to find the real crew of their real cruise ships actually spent their time working rather than frolicking with guests!

RIP Davy Jones

Yes, the Monkees had their heyday in the 60’s, but millions of us who were children of the 70’s have fond memories of 

watching the show in reruns, and still more fell in love with their crazy, yet enduring antics when MTV began showing reruns in the 80’s. Let’s not forget his appearance on The Brady Bunch either! Marcia was the president of the Davy Jones fan club and he paid her a special visit. Remember that?

Davy left us last week at the age of 66-far too soon. He leaves behind a legacy of great music, humor and pop culture iconism. A young, unknown singer had to change his name because Jones shared it. The new name he picked? David Bowie. It’s said that Guns and Roses’ lead singer Axel Rose stole Jones’ trademark side to side shuffle dance, and the song “Daydream Believer” will always be associated with him. He was a teen heartthrob to many, something he frequently acknowledged in concert with the once witty and now eerie quip, “I used to be a heartthrob, now I’m a coronary!” Jones died of a massive heart attack near his home in Florida. His death has left bandmates and friends Micky Dolenz, Peter Tork and Michael Nesmith in shock. All three took to their Facebook pages to post beautiful, elequoent eulogies to their friend.