What was Aaron Spelling thinking?
Of all of the hit series he'd developed for ABC, only one (Fantasy Island) would be brought back for a revival, and a second landed, then dry-docked, at UPN.
Love Boat: The Next Wave was meant to reintroduce the anthology series to a new generation of viewers with a hipper look, as if the forgettable final season of the original series didn't try to accomplish that same goal. Robert Urich, who'd previously toiled for Spelling in S.W.A.T. & Vega$ years earlier, was cast as Capt. Jim Kennedy III, a divorcee who has his teenage son (Kyle Howard) aboard to keep the lad out of mischief (we think). The only other recognizable name is Phil Morris, whose father, Greg, worked with Urich on Vega$.
The series launched as a spring replacement in April 1998, and after returning for the fall season, brought the original cast & crew back for a 1-shot to resolve some viewer questions. Unfortunately, "Reunion" and other episodes are not available. The intro, though, is.
This one should've never left the dock.