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Surely you can’t be serious, it’s an Airplane reunion. Don’t call me Shirley!
June 21st, 2017 under 80s, Jill Whelan, Reunions. [ Comments: none ]


Back in 1980, Airplane! made audiences laugh like they never laughed before. Now, almost 37 years later, some of the cast and the director reunited at a charity event for The Achievable Foundation last week.

The reunion included Frank Ashmore (Victor Basta, he was in the cockpit), Lorna Patterson (Randy the Stewardess), Robert Hays (Ted Striker, the man who saved the day), Lee Bryant (Mrs. Hammen, the woman people lined up to slap after she loses it), David Zucker (Director), Joyce Bulifant (Mrs Davis, the mother of a sick child), Jill Whelan (Lisa Davis, the sick child who almost got killed by a guitar playing nun).

Seeing them all together like that makes me wish they would finally do Airplane 3. They do not make parody movies like that anymore. Granted, we do not have Leslie Nielsen anymore, but Hays and Julie Hagerty also have something special when it comes to comedic timing. And that is no Jive talk that the late Barbara Billingsley could translate for us.

I am off to watch Airplane for the millionth time because just like the actors, it never gets old.

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The cast of The Love Boat reunites!
May 23rd, 2017 under Jill Whelan, Reunions, TV News. [ Comments: none ]

It has been 40 years since The Love Boat set sail, 30 years since it took its last voyage, and today the six leads got together to talk about their beloved show on Today. Captain Stubing (Gavin MacLeod), Vicki (Jill Whelan), Julie (Lauren Tewes), Doc (Bernie Kopell), Gopher (Fred Grandy) and Isaac (Ted Lange) climbed aboard and reminisced about the days on the cruise ship.

Even though that have been on dry land for 3 decades, they still get together all the time. To me when a cast still keeps in touch after so many years even decades after their show ended, it explains why their shows still air in syndication. It is that chemistry that makes the a special show even more special.

This show was so special that actors and musicians begged to be on it. Celebrities like Aretha Franklin, but no one believed Lange when he would tell them that.

Did they know the show was going to be a hit from the beginning? Nope, even the network thought it wasn’t going to get passed the pilot phase. The head honchos thought San Pedro Beach Bums was going to be the biggest show and it never made it to air.

Back in 1977, it was all about cop shows and sitcoms, and The Love Boat was different. MacLeod explained how legendary producer Aaron Spelling made it different than the others. He revealed what were the three storylines were they tackled every week, “We had a sophisticated comedies, we had our broad funny one and a poignant one.” Then he added,”They were touched and they were happy endings.”

What also set this show apart from the rest, they really traveled the World.

There was nothing like The Love Boat back then and nothing like it now. Something I think we are desperately missing. A show about happy endings during difficult times. Yes it was on UPN for a season and I think it needs to be brought back again. More than a show like American Idol. What do you think?

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It’s Love Boat’s Captain Stubing and his daughter Vicki!
May 4th, 2017 under 70s, Jill Whelan, Reunions. [ Comments: 2 ]



It has been 40 years since The Love Boat set sail and the ship’s captain and his daughter did press to honor the milestone. Here is Gavin MacLeod and Jill Whelan waiting to talk to some reporters.

Nice to see the actors still look like a real father and daughter after 4 decades. Which I can’t believe it has been that long. Even harder to believe he is 86 and she is 50 because they both look like they could still be the King and Princess of any cruise.

BTW my dad looks forward to watching this show every Sunday on Me TV. I am surprised with all the reboots, they haven’t brought this show back again. MacLeod and Whelan could reprise their roles and I bet it would be a hit! Great way to showcase network stars like this show did in the ’70s and ’80s.

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