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Bravo Exec Previews Below Deck's Upcoming Spin-Offs: "It Can Be Dangerous"
Below Deck Adventure and Below Deck Down Under will feature charter guests and experiences like we've never seen before.
Can't get enough Below Deck? Obviously, that's a trick question because OF COURSE you can't! And that's a good thing, because there's plenty more yachtie drama on the way.
It was announced in May that Below Deck will be expanding with not one but TWO new franchises. Coming to Bravo is Below Deck Adventure, which will follow wealthy thrill seekers as they get into adrenaline-pumping activities in the glacial fjords of Norway. And on Peacock, we will see the arrival of Below Deck Down Under, which will chronicle a crew of yachties at work and play on a super-yacht sailing around Australia.
And now we know a little bit more about what we can expect from each new franchise. Noah Samton, Senior Vice President of Current Production for Bravo, recently spoke to Vanity Fair about why the stakes will be even higher for the crew in Below Deck Adventure. “We’re shooting in the fjords,” Samton said, “so the water’s a lot colder. If you fall in there, it can be dangerous.”
Samton added that there will also be something different about the charter guests on this show. “These are people who spend a lot of money on adventure excursions to paraglide or explore glaciers," he explained. "These are not the same people who want to get a tan and drink 20 margaritas on a boat."
Below Deck Down Under will also feature different activities that we haven't really seen on the show before. “Not only is it down under in terms of being in Australia, but a lot of the show is literally being filmed underneath the water in the sea paradise that is the Great Barrier Reef,” Samton said. “There’s a lot of diving, scuba diving, snorkeling, spear fishing, and the cast actually gets involved in a lot of the diving excursions.”
Below Deck Adventure and Below Deck Down Under will be the latest additions to an already vast Below Deck universe. This includes the flagship franchise, Below Deck, which premiered in 2013 and has mainly been based in the Caribbean, with the exception of Seasons 6 and 7 in Tahiti and Thailand, respectively; Below Deck Mediterranean, which premiered in 2016 and sails around the Med Sea; and Below Deck Sailing Yacht, which premiered in 2020 and has also been set in the Med.
Below Deck Sailing Yacht wrapped up its second season in June. Season 6 of Below Deck Med currently airs Mondays at 9/8c on Bravo with early access to new episodes on Peacock. It was also recently announced that Below Deck will return for Season 9 on Monday, October 25 at 9/8c with episodes streaming the next day on Peacock.
In even more amazing Below Deck news, the series earned two Emmy nominations for Outstanding Unstructured Reality Program and Outstanding Picture Editing for an Unstructured Reality Program. The winners for the 2021 Emmy Awards will be announced in September.