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It can definitely be nerve-racking introducing a new show, especially one with a dedicated fan base. Maybe that's why Senior Vice President of Current Programming Noah Samton called bringing Below Deck Sailing Yacht to life "scary to make."
He told The Daily Dish podcast just what he meant by that: "I can tell you that it was scary to make. To do a new franchise of Below Deck, you have a really successful franchise; you have a really sort of high bar of expectation with an audience, because you know, Below Deck is a unique show. I think you watch a new Housewives, you’ll forgive a different style or a different sort of sense of how the show, the stories unfold. Below Deck, you sort of have an expectation of how a Below Deck is gonna look and feel," Noah explained.
Below Deck Sailing Yacht is the third Below Deck installment, which includes Below Deck and Below Deck Mediterranean.
"To start a new franchise and a new captain and a new chief stew was kind of intimidating and we worried a lot, but it’s a home run. I mean, it’s a great show," Noah promised. "The cast is fantastic. The vibe of it: It’s Below Deck, but it’s sort of a little different, you know? So, we wanted to make a franchise that felt, you know, like, it was within the family of Below Deck, but, like, something a little different than what you’ve seen before, and I think we really accomplished that. I think fans are gonna love it, and I think it checks all the boxes you want for Below Deck while feeling different."
And while some things are different, some things are staying the same, including this yacht's chef, who previously appeared on Below Deck Med. "Chef Adam [Glick] is back," Noah noted. "He sort of was a perfect fit for a sailing yacht. It’s a different style of yachting a little bit. It’s a little bit more adventurous, it’s a little bit more kinda down and dirty than the sort of polish and luxury of a super yacht, and that’s who Adam is. I mean, he lives in a van."
Below Deck Sailing Yacht premieres Monday, February 3 at 9/8c. Check out what's to come this season, above.
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